Plenty at stake as polls open for Norwich City Council elections
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 May 2012 | UPDATED: 11:12 03 May 2012
The shoes of the candidates have been worn down, the doors hammered on and the leaflets pushed through the letterboxes.
After weeks of campaigning, people in Norwich today get the chance to go to the polls.
And there is plenty to play for in the Norwich City Council elections, with 15 seats up for grabs in all 13 of the city’s wards.
No party has had overall control at City Hall since 2004, with Labour currently running the council with a minority administration.
In last year’s city council elections, it was Labour and the Greens which made gains. With national polls predicting Labour will do well nationwide, they will be eyeing the opportunity to take overall control of City Hall.
However, the Greens have been working hard to retain their key seats while trying to make gains elsewhere.
The Liberal Democrats, who could be in for a tough night nationally, will be keen to at least retain their current four seats.
The Conservatives, whose only two current city councillors are not standing in these elections, will want to ensure they still have a presence at City Hall, while the sole UKIP candidate hopes to do well in Lakenham.
Ahead of these elections – and the two by-elections in Catton Grove and Wensum triggered by resignations – the make-up of the city council was Labour (18), Green Party (15), Liberal Democrats (four), Conservatives (two).
Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm today and you can follow the live coverage by visiting our elections page on our site with our reporters tweeting live from the counts.