Local elections in my area: Who is standing in my local election 2021?

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Local elections will take place on May 6 across the country, as well as mayoral elections in London and Holyrood parliamentary elections in Scotland. Although there are 343 local councils in England, not every authority will be holding an election because votes take place in four year cycles, so different authorities hold polls in varying years. The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) said that “with two years worth of elections, it’s going to be ‘Super Thursday’”. The LGIU adds that in England, the 2021 elections include more than 150 local authorities in hundreds of wards and divisions for both the delayed elections of last year, plus the scheduled elections for this year.

Votes will be cast on:

143 English local councils – about 5,000 seats
13 directly elected mayors – including Mayor of London
39 police and crime commissioners
25 London Assembly seats
129 Scottish Parliament MSPs
60 Welsh Senedd MSs
By-elections
Neighbourhood Plan referenda
Parish councils

Who is standing in my local election 2021?

Thousands of candidates will be running for various posts in the May elections.

To find out who is standing in your area, you can find out by entering your postcode into this website. 

After entering your postcode, you will be informed if there are elections in your area – including PCC elections – and will provide a list of the candidates and the parties they represent.

The Electoral Commission website tells you which council ward you live in and provides a list of all the people standing for election. 

Some of the standout elections include the London mayoral elections and Hartlepool by-elections.

Current mayor of London Sadiq Khan is standing for a second term after he won for the first time in 2016.

For London, the candidates standing for mayor are:

Sadiq Khan for the Labour Party
Shaun Bailey for the Conservative party
Sian Berry for the Green Party
Luisa Porritt for the Liberal Democrats

As things stand, Mr Khan is expected to snatch another win for the Labour Party and remain in his City Hall seat for another five years.

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A by-election in the UK’s parliamentary constituency of Hartlepool will also be held on May 6.

A by-election comes after the resignation or death of an MP, and in this case, is due to the resignation of sitting member of Parliament Mike Hill.

The seat in Hartlepool is considered to be in a set of constituencies known as the ‘red wall’, historically supported by Labour.

However, in recent years the red wall is being increasingly challenged by the Conservatives, who won a number of Labour seats in the last general election.

Candidate for the Hartlepool by-election include:

Paul Williams for the Labour Party
Jill Mortimer for the Conservatives
Andy Hagon for the Lib Dems
Thelma Walker representing the Northern Independence Party

As the postponed vote is taking place during the pandemic, measures continue to be in place to “protect against spread of disease and to overcome practical challenges”, accordion to the Government.

Voters will continue to have access to three voting methods:

In person at a polling station
By postal votes
By proxy votes

Voters are encouraged to bring their own pens or pencils, and the deadline to register to vote has passed on Monday, April 19.

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