In Northamptonshire there are 57 county council seats up for election on Thursday 2 May. Boundary changes have reduced the number of councillors by 16 from the current 73. Northamptonshire County Council has been Conservative-controlled since 2005 and the party currently has an overall majority of 35.
The Conservatives currently have 54 councillors, the Liberal Democrats have 10, Labour 6 with 2 Independents and 1 UKIP.
Electorate in December 2012: 533,308
Labour ran Northamptonshire County Council from 1993 until 2005. In the 2013 election any one party will need at least 27 councillors for an overall majority.
In this election there are 57 Conservative and Labour candidates, 52 Liberal Democrat candidates, 47 for UKIP, 14 Greens, 8 Independents and 22 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 - 51.3% (up 5.5%)
- LIBERAL DEMOCRATS - 21.0% (up 6.6%)
- LABOUR - 19.2% (down 18.1%)
- GREEN - 2.3% (up 1.3%)
- OTHERS - 6.2% (up 4.7%)
These were the ten most marginal electoral divisions in Northamptonshire at the 2009 County Council election although the ward boundaries have now changed so the results won't be comparable:
- Earls Barton - Lab majority over Con of 3 (0.1%)
- Lumbertubs - LD majority over Lab of 3 (0.2%)
- St David - LD majority over Lab of 7 (0.4%)
- Abington - Con majority over LD of 9 (0.4%)
- Grange - Con majority over Lab of 14 (0.8%)
- Delapre - LD majority over Con of 41 (1.9%)
- Old Duston - Con majority over Other of 61 (2.5%)
- Headlands - LD majority over Con of 76 (2.9%)
- Broughton Green - Con majority over LD of 91 (3.9%)
- Danesholme - LD majority over Con of 150 (5.2%)
Polling station are open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 2 May 2013. The votes are being counted on Friday 3 May and the results are expected during the afternoon.