Local Elections 2017

There are elections in the Anglia region on Thursday 4 May 2017 for county councillors in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk along with the newly created post of elected Mayor for Cambs and Peterborough.

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Voters head to the polls ahead of the General Election

A man arrives at St Mary Magdalene Church Hall in Great Burstead, Essex, to cast his vote in the local council elections. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Hundreds of thousands of voters across the Anglia region are heading to the polls in county council elections ahead of the General Election in June.

They are electing 430 county councillors in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk.

While it is a local election, it will be regarded by political experts as a giant opinion poll on voting trends ahead of the General Election in five weeks on Thursday 8 June 2017.

A caravan being used as a polling station for voters in the local council elections in the grounds of a Tesco supermarket in Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Polling stations are open until 10pm but the results in most counties in the Anglia region will not be known until Friday afternoon.

There are no elections in Bedfordshire which no longer has a county council. There are also no elections in areas which have a unitary authority like Milton Keynes, Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea.

While Peterborough has no local authority elections, the area will join up with the rest of Cambridgeshire to elect the region's first so-called Metro Mayor.

This new official will lead a new Combined Authority with devolved powers from central Government over transport, housing and regional investment.

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