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Elections Live: All you need to know as Cambridgeshire goes to the polls

The manifestos have been published, placards have been erected and hundreds of doorsteps have been c..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 3, 2018

The manifestos have been published, placards have been erected and hundreds of doorsteps have been canvassed – now it all comes down to this.

Today is polling day, when thousands of residents will head out to their local church hall or primary school to do their civic duty and elect the councillors that will be making the huge decisions across Cambridgeshire.

Polls are now open, and will remain so until 10pm tonight, when a massive counting operation takes place as the ballot boxes are emptied and votes tallied.

In Cambridge 15 city council seats are up for grabs, one in each of its 14 wards, with an extra seat in east Chesterton following the resignation of Margery Abbott.

The Cambridge count will take place overnight, with results expected in the early hours of Friday morning (May 4). Intrepid local democracy reporter Josh Thomas will be fully-caffeinated and up all night, to bring you all the twists and turns from the Guildhall.

Then, our attention will turn to Cambourne Village College, where all the seats in South Cambridgeshire will be contested.

The Tories will be hoping to hang on to their strong majority, but many eyes will be on Fen Ditton and Fulbourn, where controversial former Tory candidate George Stoakley will still be on the ballot, despite being suspended by the party following his anti-Semitic and homophobic tweets.

Our man Adam Care will be your eyes and ears at the SCDC count, which is due to start from 10am.

We'll also be keeping a close eye on the results from across the wider region, and will be updating you on all the latest from Huntingdon, East Cambridgeshire, Uttlesford and West Suffolk as the results come tumbling in.

Join us in the feed below for the next thrilling 24 hours of live democracy in action. What could possibly be more exciting?

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