Polls close in local and mayoral elections across England

Posted May 04, 2018

Simon Letts lost his Bitterne seat on Southampton City Council although Labour maintained control of the authority.

Peterborough Green Party co-ordinator Julie Howell, a parish councillor in the Ortons and former Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough candidate, took Orton Waterville for the party in a historic first by unseating Mr Elsey, the cabinet member for waste and street scene. The rest are being counted during the day on Friday with results expected during the afternoon. Angela Wilkins, leader of the Labour group on Bromley council in south-east London, said five people were barred and the scheme caused long delays.

Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets will elect mayors while the first-ever mayor for the Sheffield City Region will also be chosen.

At 5.30 a.m., with results in from 90 of the 150 English councils that were holding elections, Theresa May's Conservatives had a net gain of 11 seats, Labour had a net gain of 18, and the Liberal Democrats were up 40.

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The Tories would lose their majority in Great Yarmouth if they lost just two seats, but they'll be looking to make gains from UKIP.

The Conservatives lost three seats on this symbolic council at the heart of London's political district but retained overall control by a wide margin. The council has faced much local anger over its handling of the tragedy. They will be hoping to appeal to Remain voters in parts of London they used to control but leader Sir Vince Cable has warned against expecting "spectacular progress".

Most of the seats being contested were last up for grabs 2014, when Labour made big gains. The council had been one of Labour's more ambitious targets in Thursday's vote and one it campaigned heavily to win.

Voters in some areas piloting controversial ID trials were reportedly unable to cast their ballot.

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Labour councillor Tahir Aziz said a man was turned away in Woking because his ID, a Surrey council document with his photograph, was rejected.

A Government spokesman said: "The overwhelming majority of people cast their vote without a problem".

"This is a pilot, an evidence-based approach, and obviously we will consider the pilot and decide the best way to go forward".

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