Local elections 2014: Gloucestershire a key coalition battleground

Gloucestershire is proving to be a key election battleground.

The coalition government partners have been fighting hard in the county with David Cameron and Nick Clegg on the campaign trail.

Elections are being held at three local authorities in Gloucestershire.

Half the seats on Cheltenham Borough Council and a third of seats on Gloucester City Council and Stroud District Council are up for grabs

Cheltenham - Ukip target?

Historically, Cheltenham is a test of where the Liberal Democrats stand as the party gears up for the general election.

It has run the council since 2008 and looks likely to stay in control, but the Conservatives might be able to make a dent.

UKIP are fielding 11 candidates and they really are the unknown factor in these elections.

Gloucester - coalition on the cards?

The Conservatives currently run Gloucester City Council, holding 18 seats with Labour and Liberal Democrats holding nine seats each.

The battle between Conservatives and Labour is close in inner city areas such as Tuffley and Podsmead.

It is possible come Friday, that there will be a change of administration - possibly a coalition.

Stroud - Tory tall order?

The Conservatives have the most councillors in Stroud with 21, but the council is run by an alliance made up of Labour, Liberal Democrats, Greens and Independent.

The Conservatives would need to hold all 10 of their existing seats and win five others to win the election, which seems a tall order.

The Tories will face pressure from both Labour and the Greens who have fielded a full list of candidates.

With just three candidates the Liberal Democrats have fielded fewer than UKIP and the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts.

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