Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer and others hold their breath while they wait for the crucial Red Wall results

MILLIONS of Brits went to the polls today, casting their votes in the local elections. It’s set to be a thrilling event.

England has a staggering 4,360 seats on its 146 councils. There are also a handful mayoral elections.


Boris Johnson was seen leaving Westminster to vote with his dog Dilyn.Credit: The Mega Agency
Labour leader Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer leave a polling station on Thursday


Labour leader Keir Starmer, and his wife Victoria Starmer, leave a polling station ThursdayCredit: Alamy
7 key local election battlegrounds


7 important battlegrounds for local elections

Surprisingly, the London borough of London has more than 1,800 seats. Every seat in London’s 32 boroughs is up for grabs.

In Northern Ireland, voters will decide the composition of the next Stormont assembly. They need to fill 90 seats.

According to polling, Sinn Fein – the nationalists who want a unified Ireland and have historical links to the IRA – is expected to win the most votes.

This would be the first time that a Sinn Fein first Minister has been elected in history.

Voters go to polls across UK as Boris and Keir battle for key local seats
7 key battlegrounds in today's local elections as Boris & Keir face off

Under peace-keeping power sharing arrangements, the leader of the second largest party (which will be a unionist) will serve as their deputy.

In Scotland, 32 councils will be up for election while 22 Welsh local governments will also be on the ballot.

It’s the first election in Wales that 16- and 17-year olds can vote. This means that 70,000 teens are eligible to vote.

Over-16s in Scotland can vote. In England, however, the minimum age to vote is 18.

As polls close at 10pm, all eyes will be on Red Wall seats – the Labour areas that voted Tory in the 2019 General Election.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer were up early on Thursday to rally supporters to back their party at the ballot box.

Their armies of activists were on the streets hammering on doors at dawn in an attempt to win every vote.

As voters cast their ballots on key issues affecting the country, tensions are high between them.

Boris and Sir Keir have been fighting over top issues like Partygate, the cost-of-living crisis and the war against Ukraine.

Sunderland will be a key point of contention in the race, where Tories hope to strip Labour of its majority it has held since 1974.

Bolton will also be a thrilling finish with Labour hoping that the council will turn from blue to red.

The national picture will be viewed by eagle-eyed critics who will be focusing their attention on Amber Valley in Derbyshire. This will be used as a gauge by Sir Keir and Boris, a bellwether.

Labour is attempting to upset the traditional Tory stronghold in Westminster.

Boris Johnson ran to Southampton Wednesday night to stop a growing threat from Labour.

Sir Keir’s party is also looking at the Conservative majority Dudley from the West Midlands to consider a possible color change.

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Although polls close at 10pm, the first results are not expected until 2am.

Sunderland, the north east city which takes pride in having their results first, is expected to have results around this time.

A lady leaves a polling station on her bike in Cardiff


A lady rides her bicycle from Cardiff to a polling stationCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Voters queue up outside a polling station in London


London’s polling station is crowded with votersCredit: Rex
Party tellers from the Greens and Labour have a natter outside a polling station in Norwich


The Greens and Labour party tellers have a natter at a Norwich polling stationCredit: Getty


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