While we are waiting for results (which could take some time) it is a good opportunity to summarise where we have been standing for election and what the chances are.
The polls opened in the UK at 7am on Thursday, closing at 10pm the same day. Elections actually took place for both the European Parliament accross the whole country as well as for local council elections in many part of the country.
The local elections are very interesting! Not every local council holds local elections at the same time, and even when they do they don't hold them in exactly the same way.
Thursday was a good example as we saw Loz Kaye standing for local election in Ancoats & Clayton, a ward which elects three local councillors, but only one at a time - this is called electing by thirds (as opposed to full). One advantage of this is that elections take place more often, which gives PPUK far more opportunities to stand, practice election-craft, and give voters many more opportunities to learn about what we stand for.