In Norfolk there are 84 county council seats up for election on Thursday 2 May. Norfolk County Council has been Conservative-controlled since 2001 and currently the party has an overall majority of 32.
The Conservatives currently have 58 councillors, the Liberal Democrats have 9, Labour 5 with 6 Greens, 1 UKIP and 2 others. There are also two vacant seats.
Electorate in December 2012: 674,761
No party other than the Conservatives has had an overall majority at Norfolk County Hall since local government re-organisation in 1973. One party needs at least 43 councillors for an overall majority.
Labour and the Conservative are contested all 84 council divisions with the Liberal Democrats standing in 62. UKIP are fielding 70 canididates in Norfolk with 43 Greens, 15 Independents and 6 others.
In the last county council elections in 2009 this was how the votes were shared between the parties with a comparison with 2005:
- CONSERVATIVE - 46.0% (up 6.8%)
- LIBERAL DEMOCRATS - 23.1% (down 4.8%)
- LABOUR - 13.8% (down 12.8%)
- GREEN - 10.9% (up 6.3%)
- UKIP - 4.2%
- OTHERS - 2.1%
These were the ten most marginal electoral divisions in Norfolk at the 2009 County Council election:
- Mile Cross - Green majority over Lab of 6 (0.3%)
- Thetford West - LD majority over Con of 52 (2.1%)
- Magdalen - Lab majority over Con of 56 (2.2%)
- Breydon - Con majority over Lab of 69 (2.5%)
- King's Lynn North & Central - Con majority over Lab of 61 (2.9%)
- Yarmouth Nelson & Southtown - UKIP majority over Lab of 77 (3.8%)
- Crome - Lab majority over Con of 99 (4.1%)
- South Smallburgh - LD majority over Con of 139 (4.2%)
- Hevingham & Spixworth - Con majority over LD of 123 (4.4%)
- Eaton - LD majority over Con of 187 (4.6%)
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.