Voters have begun going to the polls across England today in the local elections 2018. More than 4,000 seats are being contested in 150 councils, including all 32 London boroughs, as well as every ward in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. London is the major battleground for votes between the Conservatives and Labour. Polls close at 10pm and the first results are expected to arrive around midnight. Councils will count votes overnight, with many of the results declared on Friday morning. Below are the latest live updates on polling day.
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Thursday, May 3
8.40am: New ID system piloted with five councils
Some voters will need to show photo ID when voting today under a government pilot scheme.
Voters in Swindon, Watford, Gosport, Woking and Bromley will need to provide one piece of photo ID such as a