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Voters head to polling stations in Leeds

By David Spereall, local democracy reporter

Voters across Leeds have headed to polling stations across the city today (Thursday) to take part in the local elections.

One third of the 99 seats on the city council are being contested this year and the councillors who are elected will serve a four year-term, representing the people in their ward.

West Leeds Dispatch will be reporting from the election count at Leeds First Direct Arena tomorrow (Friday). A single seat in each of the city’s 33 wards – including Armley, Bramley & Stanningley, Calverley & Farsley, Farnley & Wortley, Kirkstall and Pudsey – are up for grabs

This year’s local elections will be the first where voter ID is required at polling stations, following a change in the law.

A driving licence, passport or voter authority certficate are among the forms of identification being accepted, although a full list of what can be used is available on the Electoral Commission’s website here.

TResults from all wards across the city announced over the course of the day.

Labour currently controls the city council, as it holds 56 of the 99 seats. The Conservatives are the main opposition party with 21, while the Liberal Democrats hold seven seats. The remaining slots are divided between the Green Party, Morley Borough Independents, Garforth and Swillington Independents and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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