Polling stations are opening this morning for Wales’ local elections 2022. Councillors and ruling groups are up for re-election in all of Wales’ 22 councils.
People will be able to vote from 7am until 10pm tonight but counting won’t take place until Friday. We’re expecting the first results are expected to come around 2pm.on Friday with the latest council expected to be at around 9pm – although there may be recounts. You can see the full list of when councils expect to declare their results here.
In Wales, changes have been made to the boundaries and how many councillors stand in some wards. It means there is now a total of 1,234 councillors who represent Wales, however, more than 70 have already been elected because no-one stood against them.
You can see the projections about when results are expected from every council here. Elections also took place for community councils. On Friday, we’ll have reporters out at counts across Wales bringing you the latest news as soon as it’s available. You can catch up on all our coverage of elections here.
The elections are seen as a big test for Boris Johnson and his Conservative party in the wake of the partygate scandal. Going into this latest election, the only Conservative-controlled council in Wales was Monmouth, where the party won 25 seats in 2017, a gain of six on the previous election. Labour came second with 10 seats with five independent councillors and three Lib Dems completing the council.
The “red wall” seats, traditional Labour heartlands where votes switched in the previous General Election from Labour to the Conservatives will also be closely watched. In Wales, Wrexham, Ynys Môn, Bridgend, Vale of Clwyd, Clwyd South and Delyn all turned from red to blue.