Everybody in England and Wales could have some kind of vote to forged on 2 Might, with elections for native councillors, mayors, police and crime commissioners – and even one MP – happening.

See what’s taking place in your space with our postcode lookup:

Council elections

There are greater than 2,600 council seats up for grabs in 107 council elections.

Greater than half of the elections are in district councils – which take care of providers equivalent to bin collections, parks and planning – leaving county councils to fulfil the remaining obligations together with street upkeep and faculties.

There are seats up in 31 metropolitan boroughs. They give the impression of being after an identical vary of providers to district councils in metropolitan counties, equivalent to Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield within the metropolitan counties of Higher Manchester, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.

There are additionally elections in 18 unitary authorities, for instance Dorset and Bristol. Unitaries cowl all council providers that district and county councils do collectively.

Here is the place the council elections are and who’s defending what. Click on on the drop-down to see the place the various kinds of every council are:


Labour and the Conservatives are defending an identical quantity of council seats this time round – 985 Tory seats to Labour’s 965. However Labour are defending council management in additional areas – 45 versus simply 18 Conservative-held areas.


What occurred final time?

The final time these seats have been voted for in 2021 – after a delay of a yr attributable to COVID – there have been 248 Conservative good points and 264 Labour losses. The Greens added 47 councillors whereas the Lib Dems and Others/Independents misplaced a handful every.

There have been additionally good points for the SNP in Scotland and Labour in Wales in devolved parliament elections that are not up for grabs this yr, suggesting that the events managing their nations’ COVID response have been rewarded on the polls.

The Conservatives additionally received a by-election in Hartlepool, which had been held by Labour since 1974, on the identical day.

It was simply the third time because the Second World Warfare {that a} governing get together had gained a seat in a by-election and the 16-point swing was the biggest a governing get together has ever secured.

That was Sir Keir Starmer’s first by-election as Labour chief. Since then the get together have made seven good points at by-elections and risen to a 20-point lead within the polls.

So Labour shall be hoping to translate that change in recognition to electoral success and regain a couple of of these councils they misplaced

It could consolidate on their council election good points from final yr that made them the most important get together of native authorities for the primary time in additional than 20 years.

Mayoral elections

Voters in England can even select 10 metro mayors subsequent month, together with within the East Midlands, North East and York and North Yorkshire for the primary time.

There shall be a mayoral election in London, presently held by Labour with Sadiq Khan, the place voters can even have an opportunity to pick 25 London Meeting members representing 14 constituencies.

When it comes to mayors, the Conservatives presently maintain Tees Valley and the West Midlands, by Ben Houchen and Andy Road respectively. Labour maintain South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Higher Manchester and the Liverpool Metropolis Area.

The ten mayors will symbolize nearly half of the inhabitants of England.


Will probably be the primary time because the introduction of those mayors in 2017 (London has had a mayor since 2000) that the voting system has modified to First Previous the Submit – the identical system used for many different elections within the UK.

Beforehand there was a system that allowed second desire votes which might be reallocated to the 2 main candidates after a primary spherical of counting.

There’s additionally a straight elected native mayor in Salford council.

What does this all imply for Rishi Sunak?

Sam Coates

Deputy political editor


Anticipating the political response to the two Might elections is artwork not science.

Unseating Tory Ben Houchen would take an even bigger swing than nationwide polls – however not that a lot larger.

But due to the present expectations of MPs and the varied get together HQs, the autumn of the Tees Valley mayor can be a seismic symbolic shock to the political system.

No 10 is determined put a Houchen re-election on the centre of a fightback narrative after 2 Might, to shore up the PM’s place regardless of the wipeout-esque polls and fears of a vote of no confidence. However will or not it’s sufficient?

The patchwork of outcomes doesn’t assist the Tories – and nor does Sky’s Michael Thrasher annual benchmarking.

The Sky election analyst has stated 500 losses would put the Tories on a par with the catastrophe they noticed final yr.

Coupled with dropping Andy Road within the West Midlands and the Blackpool South by-election, is probably not psephologically coherent on behalf of MPs – however would set off unrest. Dropping Houchen would set off panic.

If 52 letters of no confidence are then submitted to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, Sunak can be topic to a vote – which he would in all probability win.

However on the again of that victory, he might name an earlier election to place his imaginative and prescient to the general public sooner quite than later, fearing higher unrest due to the delay.

What occurs to the PM after 2 Might as a consequence of those outcomes is the most important query on the coronary heart of this election.

Blackpool South by-election

Voters in Blackpool South don’t have any council elections this yr, however there may be the matter of a brand new MP to pick.

Conservative Scott Benton resigned from parliament after undercover journalists posing as playing trade traders filmed him providing to foyer ministers in alternate for cash.

That triggered a recall petition which he misplaced, and so was compelled to resign as an MP.

The seat had been in Labour palms since 1997, however was received by Benton in 2019 with a swing of 9.3 share factors for a majority of 11.3%.

A resurgent Labour has achieved swings excessive sufficient to overturn that majority eleven instances since 2021.

Police and crime commissioner elections

Everybody in Wales will get to vote for a brand new PCC on 2 Might as there are votes for all 4 of the Welsh police drive areas – North Wales, South Wales, Gwent and Dyfed-Powys.

There are additionally PCC elections nearly all over the place in England. In London, Higher Manchester, and North, West and South Yorkshire, the mayor takes duty for policing. There are direct elections in 34 different police drive areas.


PCCs are elected to carry chief constables to account, representing the communities they serve.

They’re accountable for “the totality of policing” in an space, and goal to chop crime and ship an environment friendly police service.

They do not have a task within the day-to day working of the police, however can appoint and dismiss the chief constable, set the drive price range and aims, and produce collectively group security and legal justice companions to ensure native priorities are joined up.

The Conservatives have traditionally carried out nicely at PCC elections, profitable 30 of 35 in England final outing.

Turnout averaged at 33.2%, however was larger in Wales than England – this will likely have been as a result of Welsh folks have been voting for the Senedd on the similar time whereas not all English folks had concurrent native council elections.

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