Polls open for voters in England and Wales

Polls have opened for the local elections across the country, with the added extra of a by-election on the same day.

Over 2,600 council seats are up for grabs across 107 councils in England, along with 10 mayoralties in major cities and combined authorities, and 25 London Assembly seats.

A total of 37 police and crime commissioners will also be decided at ballot boxes in England and Wales.

And a new MP will be chosen for the seat of Blackpool South in a by-election.

How to follow results on Sky News

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm tonight, and as long as you are in the queue before closing time, you can have your say.

Voters need to bring along a form of photo ID after a change in the law last year - there are 22 types that fit the bill.

And to vote you must be 18 or over, be either a British, Irish or EU citizen, or from an eligible Commonwealth nation, and be registered.

The first of the counts will begin after voting closes tonight and Sky News will bring you all the updates as they happen from across the country.

Further counts will take place over the weekend, with the last results expected on Saturday night.