Politicians woo voters ahead of 4 May poll


National parties are taking to the streets in the last day of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s shire elections.

A total of 4,851 council seats are up for grabs across England, Wales and Scotland on 4 May.

The survey will give voters a chance to deliver verdicts on the major blow-outs before the general election, which is being held on 8 June.

There are also eight mayoral referenda, including elections in six new “combined local authorities”.

The Manchester Gorton formal by-election triggered by the death of Labour MP Gerald Kaufman was also due to cover place, but has now been delayed until the day of the general election.

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Theresa May surprised the political establishment by calling a snap general electing last month, saying she wanted a stronger mandate as she heads into arrangements on taking Britain out of the European Union.

It means that, unusually, the village elections are taking place in the middle of a general election campaign.

Mrs May transfer be hoping her “strong and stable” government mantra will help the Conservatives payment council seats and take outright control of a slew of councils that are currently endured.

The Tories claim there is a £45bn black hole in Labour’s pass plans, with chancellor Philip Hammond adding that a back up for Labour was a “high-risk gamble” which would leave Britons suffer the consequence the price.

Jeremy Corbyn, who claimed the Tory attacks showed an “air of wretchedness”, will be hoping to confound the polls and show Labour is moving flip under his leadership – while UKIP faces a tough battle to about on to the seats it won in England in 2013.

Labour turned the focus on health, saying it wish suspend the planned closure of hospital services across England if it earns on 8 June. Mr Corbyn said his party in government would offer “movables quality health care for everyone, everywhere”.

He added: “We don’t want excessively extended journeys to get to A&E. We want the ambulance service to be able to cope.”

UKIP has pledged to snip the TV licence fee, cut foreign aid and get rid of green levies and taxes which it claims order save households about £100 a year on energy bills.

The selections will also indicate whether the Liberal Democrats are beginning to rebuild sustenance after taking a hit in these seats four years ago, and at the 2015 popular election.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron had his campaign visit to Oxford disrupted by enraged pensioner Malcolm Baker who claimed voters “do know, we did know” what they were patronage in the EU referendum.

But Mr Farron insisted Mr Baker had only voted for Britain’s departure from the EU, not the unalterable deal. “He didn’t vote for destination, he wasn’t asked. None of us were questioned,” said Mr Farron, whose party reached 101,832 members on Tuesday afternoon, eclipsing the erstwhile watermark of 101,768 set in 1994.

In Scotland, the Conservatives want to repeat the 2016 Holyrood referendum which saw them replace Labour as the second largest party.

New metro mayors

Nevertheless, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has urged voters to assist her party in the local elections to protest against both Conservative “austerity” and SNP delineates for a second independence referendum.

But Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon judged the local government elections “are not about independence”. “Councils be dressed a key role in driving our economy, building and protecting our communities and providing lively local services,” she said.

“Tomorrow’s vote is about choosing who is most talented placed to take decisions about the future of our communities.”

The Scottish Commons are fielding a record 218 candidates and say they are building on existing councillor figures in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeenshire, Midlothian and Stirling, and making breakthroughs in scads other local authorities.

All 32 Scottish councils (1,227 invests) have elections. In 2012, the SNP won the most seats, but Labour was not far behind.

Besides from Anglesey, the Welsh councils (22 councils, 1,254 hindquarters) were last contested in 2012, That was a very strong year for Suffer, which made over 200 net gains at the expense of the other get-togethers.

In England, (34 councils, 2,370 seats) this is a year of county congress elections – a traditional area of strength for the Conservatives.

For the first time voters in Important Manchester, the Liverpool City region, the West Midlands, Tees Valley, the West of England and Cambridge and Peterborough wishes elect new metro mayors.

Voting intentions

These mayors will mostly be leading for economic development in their regions, but some will have powers on the other side of transport and housing.

Doncaster and North Tyneside are also voting for resident authority mayors, who are elected leaders of their respective councils.

BBC chief elections and political analyst Peter Barnes urged caution across reading too much into the results of the local elections “to project the aftermath of the general election”

“People vote differently in council elections – stable in cases when they’re held on the same day as a general election,” he asserted.

“For example, the Liberal Democrats tend to do better at the local level. And there are placid five weeks to go until 8 June. So while the results that are preceded on Thursday night and Friday will give us some indications close to how the general election might go, they won’t tell us with any certainty what the consequence will be.”

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