Vote 2014: Local elections in England and Northern Ireland

Elections will be held in 161 councils in England and 11 brand new councils in Northern Ireland on Thursday 22 May 2014, the same day as voting in the European election.

Results are expected from 2200 on Thursday, and on Friday 23 May in Northern Ireland. Results from the European election are due from 2200 on Sunday 25 May, and on Monday 26 May in Northern Ireland.

In addition, five areas will hold elections for directly-elected mayors.

District councils in England (74)

One-third of seats up (except where indicated)

Adur(Half of seats up)

Amber Valley

Basildon

Basingstoke and Deane

Bassetlaw

Brentwood

Broxbourne

Burnley

Cambridge

Cannock Chase

Castle Point

Cheltenham(Half of seats up)

Cherwell

Chorley

City of Carlisle

Colchester

Craven

Crawley

Daventry

Eastleigh

Elmbridge

Epping Forest

Exeter

Fareham(Half of seats up)

Gloucester

Gosport(Half of seats up)

Great Yarmouth

Harlow

Harrogate

Hart(All seats up)

Hastings(Half of seats up)

Havant

Hertsmere

Huntingdonshire

Hyndburn

Ipswich

Lincoln

Maidstone

Mole Valley

Newcastle-under-Lyme

North Hertfordshire

Norwich

Nuneaton and Bedworth(Half of seats up)

Oxford(Half of seats up)

Pendle

Preston

Purbeck

Redditch

Reigate and Banstead

Rochford

Rossendale

Rugby

Runnymede

Rushmoor

South Cambridgeshire

South Lakeland

St Albans

Stevenage

Stratford-on-Avon

Stroud

Tamworth

Tandridge

Three Rivers(All seats up)

Tunbridge Wells

Watford

Welwyn Hatfield

West Lancashire

West Oxfordshire

Weymouth and Portland

Winchester

Woking

Worcester

Worthing

Wyre Forest

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London borough councils (32)

All seats up

Barking and Dagenham

Barnet

Bexley

Brent

Bromley

Camden

Croydon

Ealing

Enfield

Greenwich

Hackney

Hammersmith and Fulham

Haringey

Harrow

Havering

Hillingdon

Hounslow

Islington

Kensington and Chelsea

Kingston upon Thames

Lambeth

Lewisham

Merton

Newham

Redbridge

Richmond upon Thames

Southwark

Sutton

Tower Hamlets

Waltham Forest

Wandsworth

Westminster

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Metropolitan councils (36)

One-third of seats up

Barnsley

Birmingham

Bolton

Bradford

Bury

Calderdale

Coventry

Doncaster

Dudley

Gateshead

Kirklees

Knowsley

Leeds

Liverpool

Manchester

Newcastle upon Tyne

North Tyneside

Oldham

Rochdale

Rotherham

Salford

Sandwell

Sefton

Sheffield

Solihull

South Tyneside

St. Helens

Stockport

Sunderland

Tameside

Trafford

Wakefield

Walsall

Wigan

Wirral

Wolverhampton

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Unitary councils (19)

One-third of seats up (except where indicated)

Blackburn with Darwen

Bristol

Derby

Halton

Hartlepool

Kingston upon Hull

Milton Keynes(All seats up)

North East Lincolnshire

Peterborough

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Reading

Slough(All seats up)

Southampton

Southend-on-Sea

Swindon

Thurrock

Warrington

Wokingham

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Northern Ireland district councils (11)

All seats up

Antrim and Newtownabbey

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon

Belfast City

Causeway Coast and Glens

Derry City and Strabane

Fermanagh and Omagh

Lisburn City and Castlereagh

Mid and East Antrim

Mid Ulster

Newry City, Mourne and Down

North Down and Ards

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Mayoral elections

There are also five elections for directly-elected mayors, mostly in London.

Hackney

Lewisham

Newham

Tower Hamlets

Watford

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    07:32: Your say

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    Rather than what broadcasters or what political parties want regarding debates, what about what the electorate wants?

    The debates at the last election and the Scottish referendum debates were widely watched and helped reconnect the public with the political process. They took leaders out of their ivory towers and made them more accountable to the people they are supposed to lead.

    Cameron refusing to take part in debates shows his contempt for this process and a fear of public scrutiny. I really think the Tories have made a major error of judgement here, the electorate will not be gentle.

    Ged Roddam

    The prime minister has stated he only wants one debate. It is not the broadcasters who should pressurise otherwise. They need to respect his position on this, as do the other parties who are name calling.

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    Do you agree? Email is politics@bbc.co.uk with your views.

     
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    @rosschawkins Ross Hawkins, BBC political correspondent

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    @PickardJE Jim Pickard, Financial Times

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    @Kevin_Maguire Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror associate editor

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    07:15: Campbell on TV debates BBC Radio 4 Today

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    07:06: Telegraph on debates The Daily Telegraph

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    Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

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    06:51: Broadcasters 'pressing ahead' Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

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    06:39: TV debate reaction
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