VOTERS across England will be hitting the ballot boxes on May 3 for local elections that will be seen as a key test for Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. More than 4,250 council seats across 150 local authorities are up for grabs on Thursday. Here’s everything you need to know. What are the key battlegrounds to watch out for? Around 42 per cent of the seats being contested this year are in London, where all 32 boroughs have elections. Pollsters say London is now a “Labour city” with large numbers of young people and ethnic minorities. One borough Labour will be hoping to nick from the Tories is Kensington and Chelsea, where council leaders faced fury over the Grenfell Tower disaster. However the Tories have a 24-seat majority so a huge swing would be required for the authority to change hands. Labour are also targeting Barnet – which has been Tory since the 1960s – as well as Conservative strongholds Westminster and Wandsworth, and will hope to extend majorities in other boroughs they already hold. The Lib Dems are hopeful of keeping hold of Sutton, their last London council, and hope to seize Kingston from the Tories. Outside London, Labour is… Read full this story
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