LOCAL ELECTIONS Where are the polls and how do I vote?

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On Thursday 2 May, voters will head to the polls across England for local elections.

The elections will decide who runs local authorities across the country and could be an important test of public and political opinion for Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and the other party leaders.

There are 343 councils in England and they provide a wide range of services, depending on their shape and size.  Elections take place in four-year cycles, with different councils holding elections in different years.

This time around, elections are taking place in 248 councils, with 8,425 seats up for grabs and about 25,000 people standing.

If you are registered to vote, you will be able to take part in Thursday’s elections. If there is an election in your area, you should have already received a polling card, giving details of your nearest polling station.

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