Theresa May faces test of power as Local polls open in UK

Vastavam web: Local polls for council and mayoral seats opened today across England, the first electoral test for Prime Minister Theresa May since the snap general election last year.May’s Conservative Party in June last year suffered a major blow in the election after it failed spectacularly to maintain its majority in Parliament, creating new uncertainties ahead of the Brexit negotiations.

The local elections, covering over 150 local authorities, spanning metropolitan and district councils, unitary authorities and London boroughs, will prove a crucial test for her Conservative party-led government as the first reflection of public opinion since the snap general election in June last year.Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets areas of London will elect mayors and the Sheffield City Region will choose its first-ever mayor.

The majority of councils will declare votes overnight after polling closes at 10 PM (local time), but some will release results during the day tomorrow.There are no local elections taking place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with a parliamentary by-election for the Westminster seat of West Tyrone in Northern Ireland the only poll outside England.

May walked with her polling card alongside husband Philip May to vote at Westminster’s Methodist Hall, near her 10 Downing Street office-cum-residence.Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gave the cameras a thumbs-up as he posed outside his local station in Islington, north London.Both parties have suffered bad publicity in recent weeks, with the Tory government criticised over the ongoing Windrush immigration scandal and Labour struggling with anti-semitism allegations.