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The political landscape for the council elections in the Anglia region

There are local elections for 22 councils in the Anglia region on Thursday 3 May 2018. Photo: ITV News Anglia

There are elections on Thursday 3 May 2018 for more 400 local councillors on 22 councils in the Anglia region in the biggest test of political opinion since the General Election.

Local elections are held in May every year across the East of England but not in all areas.

The elections are being held for some district, city and borough councils which provide services like planning, housing, recycling and rubbish disposal and collecting the council tax.

There are also elections in unitary authorities in Peterborough, Thurrock, Milton Keynes and Southend which have additional responsibilities for education, transport and adult social care.

Turnout in local elections is usually quite low at 25-35%. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Of the 22 councils in the Anglia region that are holding elections, 12 have a Conservative majority, five have a Labour majority and five are hung which means no one party has enough seats for an overall majority.

Local elections are held on a four-year cycle so these particular council wards were last fought in 2014.

This will be the biggest test of political opinion since the general election less than a year ago that robbing Theresa May and the Conservative of their overall majority in the House of Commons.

Current control on councils with elections in the Anglia region in 2018 with blue marking Conservative councils, red for Labour councils and grey indication councils which are hung. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Councils in the Anglia region with elections on Thursday 3 May 2018

  • Basildon - No overall control
  • Brentwood - Conservative
  • Cambridge - Labour
  • Castle Point - Conservative
  • Colchester - No overall control
  • Daventry - Conservative
  • Epping Forest - Conservative
  • Great Yarmouth - Conservative
  • Harlow - Labour
  • Huntingdonshire - Conservative
  • Ipswich - Labour
Thousands of votes will be cast on Thursday 3 May 2018 in the biggest test of public opinion since the General Election. Credit: ITV News Anglia
  • Milton Keynes - No overall control
  • North Hertfordshire - Conservative
  • Norwich - Labour
  • Peterborough - No overall control
  • Rochford - Conservative
  • St Albans - Conservative
  • South Cambridgeshire - Conservative
  • Southend-on-Sea - Conservative
  • Stevenage - Labour
  • Thurrock - No overall control
  • Welwyn Hatfield - Conservative
The results in the local elections will start coming in during the early hours of Friday 4 May 2018. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Turnout in local elections is usually quite low at 25-35% of potential voters compared to general elections when it reaches 70%.

In most places in the Anglia region it is one third of the councillors on a particular council that are up for election.

The exceptions are in Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire where all-out elections are being held after boundary changes. These councils will also change to holding elections every four years rather than every year in three years out of four.

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