Covid England: Local and mayoral elections likely to be delayed

May's local and mayoral elections 'almost certainly' going to be delayed for a SECOND year over Covid safety fears for campaigners and polling station staff Almost 40 million people due to vote on May 6 after last year's postponement Seats in more than 140 councils and 13 mayoral contests are due to take place But plans being examined to push them back to as late as October 

By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 10:26 GMT, 11 January 2021 | Updated: 13:23 GMT, 11 January 2021

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Local and mayoral elections due to be held in May are 'almost certainly' going to be postponed for a second time over Covid safety fears.

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Almost 40 million people are due to go to the polls on May 6 for votes including for the mayor of London that were delayed from May 2020 because of the first lockdown.

But ministers and officials are believed to have started work on plans to push them back yet again, although they are believed to be planning to move them back several months.

Conservative candidates are believed to have requested polls be held in October if they are delayed until past July because they fear it will be hard to find activists willing to go door-to-door in August. 

But July and September are also dates that have been mooted.   

Speaking to the BBC's Westminster Hour, Tory MP Steve Brine said elections would   'almost certainly' not take place in May.

'I've been talking to my local party about it and I've been talking to our central office about it. I just cannot see how you could do that,' he said.

'I mean let's just say the [Covid] regulations we passed this week, they expire, at the moment, at the end of March. Are people really going to be walking around looking for signatures on nomination papers at the end of March?

He added that 'another reason they should be delayed' was that some people were 'out delivering leaflets, they're opening gates, touching letterboxes, putting bits of

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