The political landscape for the council elections in the Anglia region | Anglia

There are elections on Thursday 3 May 2018 for more 400 local councillors on 22 councils in the Anglia region in the biggest test of political opinion since the General Election.

Local elections are held in May every year across the East of England but not in all areas.

The elections are being held for some district, city and borough councils which provide services like planning, housing, recycling and rubbish disposal and collecting the council tax.

There are also elections in unitary authorities in Peterborough, Thurrock, Milton Keynes and Southend which have additional responsibilities for education, transport and adult social care.

Of the 22 councils in the Anglia region that are holding elections, 12 have a Conservative majority, five have a Labour majority and five are hung which means no one party has enough seats for an overall majority.

Local elections are held on a four-year cycle so these particular council wards were last fought in 2014.

This will be the biggest test of political opinion since the general election less than a year ago that robbing Theresa May and the Conservative of their overall majority in the House of Commons.

Councils in the Anglia region with elections on Thursday 3 May 2018

Turnout in local elections is usually quite low at 25-35% of potential voters compared to general elections when it reaches 70%.

In most places in the Anglia region it is one third of the councillors on a particular council that are up for election.

The exceptions are in Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire where all-out elections are being held after boundary changes. These councils will also change to holding elections every four years rather than every year in three years out of four.