Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Voters 'are barred' as anti-fraud scheme tested at local elections

Voters 'are barred' as anti-fraud scheme tested at local elections

Elsewhere there have been few changes.In Stockport the Council remains in non overall control with Labour remaining the largest party though the previously Lib Dem stronghold of Cheadle Hulme North fell to them. The party failed to take control of town halls it had targeted in Swindon and Walsall and said it was unlikely to seize Wandsworth or Westminster from the Tories.

In Norwich, the Greens will be looking to cut down Labour's majority.

It was a success story for the Liberal Democrats and Labour who between them gained five seats from the Tories.

Labour has lost control of one of its key Midlands councils in the local elections as shadow chancellor John McDonnell predicted it would be a "really mixed" night for the party. The vote may be supposed to be about local issues - schools, planning, trash collection - but many people see them as an opportunity to kick the party in national power.

A London borough which Labour has never won since its creation in 1974, Barnet is a big target this time around.

The Tories also no longer have control of Trafford in Greater Manchester.

For UKIP, the highs of 2014 have turned into near obliteration, with the party losing 84 seats by 6.30am and retaining just two.

Recent national opinion polls had shown Conservatives and Labour to be neck-and-neck on around 40% each.

A total of 4,371 seats are up for grabs in 150 councils, spanning metropolitan and district councils, unitary authorities and London boroughs.

Meanwhile, the number of Liberal Democrat councillors has leapt from five to eight. Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets areas of London will elect mayors and the Sheffield City Region will choose its first-ever mayor.

European Union citizens are able to vote, unlike in general elections, and some campaigners have been pressing Brexit as an issue.However, questions of local tax rates, bin collection and the state of the roads also dominate many campaigns, making analysts wary of drawing too many national lessons from the results.Polls opened at 7am (0600 GMT) and close at 10pm, and although some results will come in overnight, the full picture will not be clear until Friday. Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis has said he is expecting the results to be "difficult" for his party.

And there was anger in areas trialling controversial ID cards, with some people saying they were unable to cast their ballot.

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