In Suffolk there are 75 county council seats up for election on Thursday 2 May. Suffolk County Council has been Conservative-controlled since 2005 and currently has an overall majority of 35.
The Conservatives currently have 55 councillors, the Liberal Democrats have 11, Labour 4 with 2 Independents, 2 Green and 1 UKIP.
Electorate in December 2012: 558,428
No party other than the Conservatives has had an overall majority at Suffolk County Hall since local government re-organisation in 1973. One party needs at least 38 councillors for an overall majority.
Labour and the Conservatives are contesting all 75 divisions in Suffolk with the Liberal Democrats contesting 65. UKIP have 54 candidates, the Greens have 52 with 10 Independents and 1 other candidate.
In the last county council elections in 2009 this was how the votes were shared between the parties with a comparison with 2005:
- CONSERVATIVE - 44.1% (up 5.1%)
- LIBERAL DEMOCRATS - 24.5% (down 1.7%)
- LABOUR - 13.6% (down 14.1%)
- GREEN - 8.3% (up 6.1%)
- UKIP - 4.5%
- OTHERS - 4.9%
These were the ten most marginal electoral divisions in Suffolk at the 2009 County Council election:
- Bridge - Lab majority over Con of 13 (0.7%)
- Chantry - Con majority over Lab of 39 (0.8%)
- Gainsborough - Con majority over Lab of 23 (0.9%)
- Thedwastre South - LD majority over Con of 33 (1.0%)
- Stour Valley - Con majority over LD of 45 (1.3%)
- Tower - Con majority over Green of 118 (1.7%)
- Stowmarket South - Con majority over LD of 73 (2.7%)
- Lowestoft South - UKIP majority over Con of 184 (3.7%)
- Hadleigh - LD majority over Con of 91 (4.2%)
- Samford - Con majority over LD of 198 (5.3%)
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.