Map shows where elections taking place in Surrey on 2 May 2024

Locals can have their say on how their councils are run -Credit:Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Locals can have their say on how their councils are run -Credit:Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Voters in parts of England will be asked to cast their ballot in three separate local elections when polling day arrives on May 2. Use our interactive map to see the elections planned for your area in one month’s time.

More than 2,500 council seats will be up for grabs across the country and several new mayoral elections will be held in the last big electoral test for the political parties ahead of the General Election.

There are council elections for more than 100 local authorities planned for May 2, and also elections for nearly a dozen mayors and over 30 police and crime commissioners around the country.

Check the elections in your area on May 2 with this interactive map

Elections will be held in every area of England and Wales on May 2, but no elections are scheduled for Scotland and Northern Ireland. In Wales the only elections will be for the police and crime commissioner in each local police force area.

In Greater London there are no local council elections and the capital also does not have a regional police and crime commissioner, as policing is overseen by the London mayor. However, voters in London still have three decisions to make at the ballot box.

They will be asked to select a London Assembly member for their local constituency, and also to pick a London-wide Assembly member from a list of parties or independent candidates. The third choice is to select their candidate for London mayor, with Labour ’s Sadiq Khan bidding to win a third term in office.

Police and crime commissioners will be elected in all other parts of England and Wales, with the exception of areas where responsibility for overseeing the police is held by the regional metro mayor, such as in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and London.

There are a record number of regional mayors up for election this year, including three posts that are being contested for the first time.

Some big names in politics are hoping to be re-elected. As well as Sadiq Khan in London, Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester and Steve Rotheram in the Liverpool City Region are all running for a third term as mayor. For the Conservatives, Andy Street is running for a third term as mayor of the West Midlands, as is Ben Houchen for the Tees Valley. Labour's Tracy Brabin is hoping to be re-elected for a second term as mayor in West Yorkshire.

All voters will need to show a form of photographic identification at their polling station to cast a ballot. This could be a passport, driving licence or blue badge. Anyone without an acceptable form of ID can apply to their local council for a special certificate.

Local elections usually show what voters think about neighbourhood issues, such as bin collections, parks and pavements, or access to libraries and hospitals. But they can also reflect opinions on the main political parties and their handling of big issues which this year is likely to mean the cost of living, the NHS and the environment.

Many of the seats up for grabs were last contested in 2021, a year in which the Conservatives did particularly well in local elections. Of those councils holding polls on May 2, the Tories currently control fewer than Labour, which means there could be only a few instances of an authority changing hands.