In Cambridgeshire there are 69 county council seats up for election on Thursday 2 May. Cambridgeshire County Council has been Conservative-controlled since 1997 and currently the party has an overall majority of 9.
The Conservatives currently have 39 councillors, the Liberal Democrats have 21, Labour 3 with 2 UKIP, 1 Green, 1 Independent and 2 described as Conservative Non-Aligned.
Electorate in December 2012: 467, 300
No party other than the Conservatives has had an overall majority at Cambridgeshire Shire Hall since local government re-organisation in 1973. One party needs at least 35 councillors for an overall majority.
Labour and the Conservatives are contested all 69 seats while the Liberal Democrats have 61 candidates. UKIP are fielding 52 candidates, the Greens 25 along with 9 Independents and 7 others.
There are no elections in Peterborough which is a Unitary authority which runs all the services in the city unlike the rest of Cambridgeshire which has a two-tier council structure of county and district councils.
In the last county council elections in 2009 this was how the votes were shared between the parties with a comparison with 2005:
- CONSERVATIVE - 43.5% (up 0.7%)
- LIBERAL DEMOCRAT - 33.9% (up 4.4%)
- LABOUR - 9.9% (down 13.7%)
- GREEN - 5.9% (up 4.1%)
- UKIP - 0.9%
- OTHERS - 5.9%
These were the ten most marginal electoral divisions in Cambridgeshire at the 2009 County Council election:
- Godmanchester & Huntingdon East - LD majority over Con of 9 (0.2%)
- Burwell - Con majority over LD of 31 (1.1%)
- Ely North & East - LD majority over LD of 59 (2.0%)
- Linton - LD majority over Con of 75 (2.0%)
- Coleridge - Lab majority over Con of 99 ( 3.9%)
- Cottenham, Histon & Impington - LD majority over Con of 251 (4.4%)
- Fulbourn - Con majority over Ind of 158 (5.3%)
- Haddenham - Con majority over LD of 215 (6.7%)
- Chatteris - Con majority over LD of 165 (7.3%)
- St Neots Eaton Socon - Con majority over LD of 256 (7.5%)
These majorities are based on the top two parties involved in the election although some are two-member divisions.
Polling station are open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2013. The votes are being counted on Friday 3 May with the results expected during the afternoon.