Local elections 2021: All the key declaration timings you need to know TODAY and this weekend
SUPER Thursday saw millions of voters head to the polls to cast their ballots in a series of elections across the country.
Boris Johnson snatched Hartlepool from Labour in a stunning victory in the early hours of this morning, and a handful of councils have turned blue too as they picked up several seats.
The Tories regained control of Dudley, Northumberland and Nuneaton.
And we've had confirmation that Labour has held onto the mayoralty of Doncaster as well.
The first results likely from the 18 councils in England counting overnight have started to come in already: Colchester, Derby, Dudley, Gateshead, Harlow, Knowsley, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Oldham, Redditch, Rochdale, Rochford, Southend-on-Sea, South Tyneside, Stockport, Sunderland and Thurrock.
In the next few hours and days we'll get more results flooding in – from the Scottish elections which could shape the future of the UK, to mayoralities across the country including the London Mayor clash where Sadiq Khan is fighting to stay in power.
What can we expect, and when? Where are the key battlegrounds? Here's the latest – but remember that all are based on the latest available information and are subject to change.
Today – Friday May 7:
Counting has now begun in all seats for the Welsh Parliament, most of Scotland, some police and crime comissioners, some councils, and Liverpool and Tees Valley mayor counts.
We won't get any of those results just yet.
First results expected from the 46 Scottish parliamentary constituencies counting on Friday.
The constituencies are Aberdeen Central; Aberdeen Donside; Aberdeenshire East; Airdrie & Shotts; Angus North & Mearns; Argyll & Bute; Ayr; Banffshire & Buchan Coast; Caithness, Sutherland & Ross; Clydebank & Milngavie; Coatbridge & Chryston; Cowdenbeath; Cunninghame North; Cunninghame South; Dumbarton; Dundee City West; East Lothian; Eastwood; Edinburgh Central; Edinburgh Southern; Edinburgh Western; Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire; Falkirk East; Glasgow Anniesland; Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn; Glasgow Pollok; Glasgow Southside; Greenock & Inverclyde; Hamilton, Larkhall & Stonehouse; Inverness & Nairn; Kilmarnock & Irvine Valley; Kirkcaldy; Linlithgow; Midlothian North & Musselburgh; Moray; Motherwell & Wishaw; Na h-Eileanan an Iar; North East Fife; Orkney Islands; Paisley; Perthshire North; Renfrewshire North & West; Rutherglen; Shetland Islands; Stirling; and Strathkelvin & Bearsden.
The first results are also due from 77 councils in England counting and declaring on Friday.
The councils are Barnsley, Basildon, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Brentwood, Burnley, Bury, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Castle Point, Chorley, Cornwall, Coventry, Crawley, Derbyshire, Devon, Doncaster, East Sussex, Elmbridge, Epping Forest, Essex, Exeter, Gloucestershire, Halton, Hampshire, Hart, Hastings, Havant, Hyndburn, Ipswich, Isle of Wight, Kent, Kingston-upon-Hull, Leicestershire, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, Maidstone, Manchester, Mole Valley, Norfolk, North East Lincolnshire, North Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Pendle, Peterborough, Plymouth, Preston, Reading, Reigate & Banstead, Rossendale, Rugby, Runnymede, Rushmoor, Salford, Sandwell, Sefton, Sheffield, Solihull, St Helens, Suffolk, Surrey, Swindon, Tameside, Tandridge, Three Rivers, Trafford, Wakefield, Walsall, Warwickshire, West Northamptonshire, Wigan, Wirral, Woking, Wokingham, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.
Liverpool mayoral result is expected. Eyes will be on whether the Tories are making any gains there, but Labour is expected to hold the position.
First results likely from Wales. Mark Drakeford is expected to hold on to power, but the Tories have been doing well there in recent years.
The result for the Tees Valley mayor should be declared during the afternoon – we're expecting Ben Houchen to hold it.
And we'll also get six of the seven police and crime commissioners being counted on Friday: Avon & Somerset, Bedfordshire, Cleveland, Dorset, North Yorkshire and Staffordshire. The seventh result, Derbyshire, is due in the evening.
First results from London are expected. Traditionally Labour strongholds, and Sadiq Khan is expected to hold the mayor position when that's announced on Saturday.
The seven constituencies being counted on Friday are Bexley & Bromley, Brent & Harrow, Ealing & Hillingdon, Havering & Redbridge, Lambeth & Southwark, North East and West Central.
Around 7pm the result is due for the Derbyshire police and crime commissioner.
Final results are due from Wales, and we're expecting some Scottish constituencies too. The rest will resume on Saturday.
Saturday May 8:
Counting resumes from around 9am.
In London, the remaining seven assembly constituencies will begin counting, after which the London-wide seats will be allocated.
In Scotland, the remaining 27 constituency seats will be counted, after which the regional seats will be allocated – as there's two slightly different systems of electing people.
A total of 38 councils in England are due to declare their results on Saturday, along with 13 of the 39 police and crime commissioners.
Counts will also begin in the mayoral elections for Bristol, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, London, North Tyneside, Salford, the West of England and the West Midlands.
First results due from the 38 councils in England counting on Saturday. These are Bradford, Broxbourne, Buckinghamshire, Calderdale, Cannock Chase, Cheltenham, Durham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gloucester, Gosport, Hartlepool, Hertfordshire, Kirklees, Lancashire, Leeds, Milton Keynes, North Tyneside, Norwich, Oxford, Portsmouth, Rotherham, Shropshire, Slough, Southampton, Staffordshire, Stevenage, Stroud, Tamworth, Tunbridge Wells, Warrington, Watford, Welwyn Hatfield, West Lancashire, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Winchester and Worcester.
The results for the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Liverpool City Region, North Tyneside and West of England mayors are due.
Results will also start coming in for the remaining 27 Scottish parliamentary constituencies: Aberdeen South & North Kincardine; Aberdeenshire West; Almond Valley; Angus South; Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley; Clackmannanshire & Dunblane; Clydesdale; Cumbernauld & Kilsyth; Dumfriesshire; Dundee City East; Dunfermline; East Kilbride; Edinburgh Eastern; Edinburgh Northern & Leith; Edinburgh Pentlands; Falkirk West; Galloway & West Dumfries; Glasgow Cathcart; Glasgow Kelvin; Glasgow Provan; Glasgow Shettleston; Mid Fife & Glenrothes; Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale; Perthshire South & Kinrossshire; Renfrewshire South; Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch; and Uddingston & Bellshill.
Results for 13 police and crime commissioners are likely, though some may not be announced until the evening.
The results being announced on Saturday are for Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Durham, Essex, Humberside, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Merseyside, Norfolk, Northumbria, Nottinghamshire, Surrey and the West Midlands.
The results for the Greater Manchester, Salford and West Midlands mayors are likely too. Labour will hold on in GReater Manchester and Salford, but the vote is closer in the West Midlands.
Most think Andy Street will hold on, but we could see an upset.
Results due from the seven remaining London Assembly constituencies: Barnet & Camden, City & East, Croydon & Sutton, Enfield & Haringey, Greenwich & Lewisham, Merton & Wandsworth and South West. Once these results are in, the results for the London-wide seats in the assembly will be calculated and published.
Following this, the result for the London mayoral election will be announced – but this could be delayed until Sunday morning if the counting takes longer than expected.
As we've seen in Hartlepool overnight, counting doesn't always get done on time…
And in Scotland, once all the constituencies have been counted and declared, the regional seats will be calculated and allocated.
Again, if there are any delays then some results might not be announced until Sunday.
The Bristol mayoral result is also likely on Saturday evening.
Sunday May 9
From 9am in England, 10 councils are due to start counting. Votes will also be counted for the West Yorkshire mayor, and for the police and crime commissioners for Dyfed-Powys, Gwent and North Wales. The count for the South Wales commissioner may also take place.
Results are due from 10 councils in England. These are Adur, Amber Valley, Basingstoke & Deane, Bristol, Cherwell, North Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, St Albans, West Oxfordshire and Worthing.
Results for the police and crime commissioners in Dyfed-Powys, Gwent and North Wales are due in the afternoon, along with South Wales if the count is taking place on Sunday.
The result of the election for the West Yorkshire mayor is also due.
Monday May 10
Counting will begin for 15 police and crime commissioners, along with any remaining councils in England.
Results are due for the police and crime commissioners for Cumbria, Devon & Cornwall, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Sussex, Thames Valley, Warwickshire, West Mercia and Wiltshire.
Tuesday May 11
If any elections are delayed significantly by recounts or other issues, there is a chance some results might not be declared until Tuesday.
But by that time, we'll know the overall picture and the main winners will have already been declared.
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