England, Wales vote on local elections

Photo: EPA Boris Johnson

England and Wales are due to vote on local elections on Thursday, DPA reported. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and recent scandals may be key factors that may be game changers on the election day where votes will be cast for 143 local councils, 39 police and crime commissioners, and 15 mayoral races. A British parliamentary by-election is also being held in the constituency of Hartlepool. Separately, elections for the devolved parliaments in Scotland and Wales are also taking place.

The day has been referred to as "Super Thursday" in the British press. Several of the elections were postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hartlepool seat, in England's north-east, has historically been held by the left-wing Labour party since the 1970s. However, a recent opinion poll showed Johnson's right-wing Conservative party is predicted to win it. Should the Conservatives prevail, analysts say it will indicate a nation feeling supportive towards Johnson despite a rocky few months for the premier, with Britain's vaccine success appearing paramount. It will make no difference to his influence in the British parliament however as his party already holds a majority.

Votes are also being cast for London's mayor, where Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan is predicted to win a second term.

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