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About two thirds of the results will be declared overnight
Polls have now closed in council and mayoral elections across England.A total of 4,371 seats are up for grabs in 150 councils, spanning metropolitan and district councils, unitary authorities and London boroughs.The elections are the first England-wide test of political opinion since last year's general election. Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets will elect mayors while the first-ever mayor for the Sheffield City Region will also be chosen.There are no local elections in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, a parliamentary by-election for the Westminster seat of West Tyrone is taking place.
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What to watch out for on election night
About two thirds of the results will be declared overnight on Friday. The rest are being counted during the day on Friday with results expected during the afternoon.There will be rolling BBC News coverage online, with BBC TV election specials running overnight from 23:45 BST on BBC One and on Friday afternoon on BBC Two. There will also be full coverage on the BBC News Channel and, on radio, on 5 live.
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Eyes will be on long-held Conservative councils in London, such as Wandsworth and Westminster, to see if Labour can win control. Fifty seats are being contested on another Conservative stronghold - Kensington and Chelsea Council for the first time since the Grenfell Tower disaster, which killed 71 people. The council has faced much local anger over its handling of the tragedy.All parties will be hoping to pick up seats from UKIP. The Eurosceptic party picked up 161 seats in 2014 - the same day it topped the European elections. But since the 2016 EU Referendum it has seen a decline in popularity and is only putting up candidates in 540 seats - compared with 2,193 in 2014.
Polls close in local and mayoral elections across England

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Local elections 2018: Timing of some council results
The Lib Dems will be hoping to regain councils they lost to the Conservatives in 2014, as well as picking up seats lost when they were in coalition. They will be hoping to appeal to Remain voters in parts of London they used to control but leader Sir Vince Cable has warned against expecting "spectacular progress". The Greens are defending 31 seats, including in Norwich, Oxford, Solihull and Sheffield and will be hoping to make gains in the South Yorkshire city, where the Labour council has come under fire for felling thousands of trees in public areas.
There were reports of voters being turned away for not having the correct ID
There were reports on Thursday of some people being prevented from voting after turning up without the required identity documents, in areas which are trialling voter ID.Swindon, Woking, Watford, Gosport and Bromley were running the trials. One Bromley councillor said on Twitter that five people had been unable to vote and that long delays were putting more off. And in Woking, a councillor said a voter was turned away because his form of ID, a Surrey County Council document with his picture on it, was not accepted.The prime minister's spokesman said the "vast majority" of people had voted without a problem."This is a pilot, an evidence-based approach, and obviously we will consider the pilot and decide the best way to go forward."
England local elections 2018
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