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A county-by-county guide to the Local Elections 2015

For most people in the Anglia region polling day on Thursday 7 May will mean they have two votes. Not only will they be electing a Member of Parliament to serve at Westminster but in most areas of the region they will also be electing one or more councillors to their local council.

There are elections for 56 local district, city and borough councils across the Anglia region. In some areas only one third of councillors will be up for election but in most places there’s a vote for all the councillors on the council. In all more than 1,700 councillors will be elected across the region.

BEDFORDSHIRE

Three councils in Bedfordshire have elections on Thursday 7 May 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia (contains OS data © Crown copyright)

Bedfordshire is the only historic county in the Anglia region to no longer have a county council. All local services are provided by three single-tier unitary authorities.

  • Bedford - Currently a hung council with a Lib Dem mayor -all 40 council seats up for election plus the mayor
  • Central Bedfordshire - Currently a Conservative council - all 59 council seats up for election
  • Luton - Currently a Labour council - all 48 council seats up for election

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Six councils in Cambridgeshire have elections on Thursday 7 May 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia (contains OS data © Crown copyright)

Cambridgeshire has six councils with elections. Peterborough is the only single-tier unitary authority in the county and it provides all the local services in its area.

In the five other areas, responsibility for local amenities it split between Cambridgeshire County Council and the district or city council for that area.

  • Cambridge - Currently a Labour council - one third of the 42 council seats up for election
  • East Cambridgeshire - Currently a Conservative council - all 39 council seats up for election
  • Fenland - Currently a Conservative council - all 39 council seats up for election and the number of councillors has been reduced from 40 by boundary changes
  • Huntingdonshire - Currently a Conservative council - one third of the 52 council seats up for election
  • Peterborough - Currently a hung council - one third of the 57 council seats up for election
  • South Cambridgeshire - Currently a Conservative council - one third of the 57 council seats up for election

ESSEX

Fourteen councils in Essex have elections on Thursday 7 May 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia (contains OS data © Crown copyright)

Essex has 14 councils with elections. Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock are the only two single-tier unitary authorities in the county and they provide all the local services in their areas of south Essex.

In the 12 other areas, responsibility for local amenities it split between Essex County Council and the district, borough or city council for that area.

  • Basildon - Currently a hung council - one third of the 42 council seats up for election
  • Braintree - Currently a Conservative council - all 49 council seats up for election and the number of councillors has been reduced from 60 by boundary changes
  • Brentwood - Currently a hung council - one third of the 37 council seats up for election
  • Castle Point - Currently a hung council - one third of the 41 council seats up for election
  • Chelmsford - Currently a Conservative council - all 57 council seats up for election
  • Colchester - Currently a hung council - one third of the 60 council seats up for election
  • Epping Forest - Currently a Conservative council - one third of the 58 council seats up for election
  • Harlow - Currently a Labour council - one third of the 33 council seats up for election
  • Maldon - Currently a Conservative council - all 31 of the council seats up for election
  • Rochford - Currently a Conservative council - one third of the 39 council seats up for election
  • Southend-on-Sea - Currently a hung council - one third of the 51 council seats up for election
  • Tendring - Currently a Conservative council - all 60 of the council seats up for election
  • Thurrock - Currently a hung council - one third of the 49 council seats up for election
  • Uttlesford - Currently a Conservative council - all 39 of the council seats up for election and the number of councillors has been reduced from 44 by boundary changes

HERTFORDSHIRE

Six councils in the ITV Anglia part of Hertfordshire have elections on Thursday 7 May 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia (contains OS data © Crown copyright)

Six councils in Hertfordshire are within the ITV Anglia transmission area.

Four are currently Conservative controlled. Stevenage had has Labour in charge for more than forty years and on St Albans City and District Council no one party has enough seats to outvote all the other parties so it is hung.

  • Dacorum - Currently a Conservative council - all 51 of the council seats are up for election
  • East Hertfordshire - Currently a Conservative council - all 50 of the council seats are up for election
  • North Hertfordshire - Currently a Conservative council - one third of the 49 council seats are up for election
  • St Albans - Currently a hung council - one third of the 58 council seats are up for election
  • Stevenage - Currently a Labour council - one third of the 39 council seats are up for election
  • Welwyn Hatfield - Currently a Conservative council - one third of the 48 council seats are up for election

NORFOLK

Seven councils in Norfolk have elections on Thursday 7 May 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia (contains OS data © Crown copyright)

There are seven district-level local authorities in Norfolk with elections on 7 May. They share the responsibility of providing local services with Norfolk County Council, which doesn’t have elections until 2017.

All but two of the councils in Norfolk are run by the Conservatives. Labour have an overall majority on Norwich City Council and are the largest party on Great Yarmouth Borough Council but don’t have an overall majority.

  • Breckland - Currently a Conservative council - all 49 council seats up for election and the number of councillors has been reduced from 54 by boundary changes
  • Broadland - Currently a Conservative council - all 47 council seats up for election
  • Great Yarmouth - Currently a hung council - one third of the 39 councils seats up for election
  • King’s Lynn & West Norfolk - Currently a Conservative council - all 62 council seats up for election
  • North Norfolk - Currently a Conservative council - all 48 council seats up for election
  • Norwich - Currently a Labour council - one third of the 39 council seats up for election
  • South Norfolk - Currently a Conservative council - all 46 council seats up for election

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Seven councils in Northamptonshire have elections on Thursday 7 May 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia (contains OS data © Crown copyright)

All seven district-level councils in Northamptonshire have elections on 7 May. All the councils except one are currently run by the Conservatives. Corby has a Labour overall majority.

There have been boundary changes in Corby and Wellinborough since the last election in 2011.

  • Corby - Currently a Labour council - all 29 council seats up for election and there have been boundary changes
  • Daventry - Currently a Conservative council - one third of the 36 council seats up for election
  • East Northamptonshire - Currently a Conservative council - all 40 council seats up for election
  • Kettering - Currently a Conservative council - all 36 council seats up for election
  • Northampton - Currently a Conservative council - all 45 council seats up for election
  • South Northamptonshire - Currently a Conservative council - all 42 council seats up for election
  • Wellingborough - Currently a Conservative council - all 48 council seats up for election and there have been boundary changes

SUFFOLK

Seven councils in Suffolk have elections on Thursday 7 May 2015. Credit: ITV News Anglia (contains OS data © Crown copyright)

Suffolk has seven district-level councils and they all have elections on 7 May. Local services in the country are provided by a two-tier council structure split between the county council and the councils which have elections.

Five of the seven councils have a Conservative majority. Babergh and Waveney are hung with no one party having enough seats for an overall majority. Ipswich is run by Labour.

  • Babergh - Currently a hung council - all 43 council seats up for election
  • Forest Heath - Currently a Conservative council - all 27 council seats up for election
  • Ipswich - Currently a Labour council - one third of the 48 council seats up for election
  • Mid Suffolk - Currently a Conservative council - all 40 council seats up for election
  • St Edmundsbury - Currently a Conservative council - all 45 council seats up for election
  • Suffolk Coastal - Currently a Conservative council - all 42 council seats up for election and the number of councillors has been reduced from 55 by boundary changes
  • Waveney - Currently a hung council - all 48 council seats up for election

OTHER AREAS

56 councils across the Anglia region have elections on Thursday 7 May. Credit: ITV News Anglia (contains OS data © Crown copyright)
  • Aylesbury Vale - Currently a Conservative council - all 59 council seats up for election and there have been boundary changes
  • Harborough - Currently a Conservative council - all 37 council seats up for election
  • Milton Keynes - Currently a hung council - one third of the 57 council seats up for election
  • Rutland - Currently a Conservative council - all 26 council seats up for election
  • South Holland - Currently a Conservative council - all 37 council seats up for election
  • South Kesteven - Currently a Conservative council - all 58 council seats up for election

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