Polls Open in UK Local & Mayoral Elections

Voting is underway in local elections across the United Kingdom, as well as 8 Mayoralty races Voting is underway in local elections across the United Kingdom, as well as 8 Mayoralty races

Just weeks before a snap general election, swathes of the UK are heading to the polls to chose local councillors, and in some regions, elected Mayors.

Every council seat in Scotland and Wales are being contested aw well as 34 councils across England, as local elections take place only five weeks before the whole country goes to the polls in a snap general election.

In all, 15,403 candidates are vying for 4,851 council seats. In the mayoralty races, eight new mayors will be elected in Doncaster, North Tyneside, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City, Tees Valley, West Midlands and the West of England.

A by-election was due to be held today in the Manchester Gorton constituency following the death of Labour MP Gerald Kaufman, however this has now been postponed until the general election on June 8th.

Some results are expected to trickle in overnight and into the early hours of Friday morning, however the majority of regions will be counting their results on Friday, with the majority of results expected early afternoon.