INSIDE CROYDON will again be providing unrivalled coverage of the local election results, in Croydon, Sutton and across south London.
And for the first time in 2018, that will include the results of a borough-wide exit poll being conducted today.
The exit poll, based on a survey of 1,000 voters, should provide a vital insight into the way Croydon has voted in its first borough-wide local election since 2014.
And then we’ll be with you throughout the night, bringing the results, ward-by-ward, as they happen, with unrivalled analysis.
With correspondents at the counts in Croydon and Sutton, plus coverage from all London’s boroughs and across England, the Inside Croydon live blog will, just as we have done since 2010, provide more irreverent insights into the bid for power of the local political classes.
In the meantime, if you’ll looking for some information to explain how the election works, you might want to delve into our archive.
Why is the place where I live given a new name for this election?
Croydon Council is electing its local councillors on a re-drawn political map of the borough. There will still be 70 councillors, but this time they are being elected to represent 28 wards, or voting areas, for the first time. Most wards have been adjusted since 2014, to take account of the demographic changes that have, and which are expected, to take place, to try to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of residents.
Click here to read our report from last summer when the Local Government Boundary Commission delivered their report with the new boundaries.
How many votes do I have?
Under these new borough ward boundaries, Croydon has a mixture of three-, two- and one-seat wards. That means that you can vote for two or three candidates, depending where you live (if you live in the Park Hill and Whitgift area, where there is to be just a single councillor, you will have only one vote).
The ward boundaries map here gives the full picture:
What am I voting for?
Today is about candidates wanting to become your councillor at Croydon Town Hall. These are the people who run our libraries, oversee bin collections and the state of our parks and many of our roads, and the people who decide how much Council Tax you need to pay.
It is not an election on national issues, such as the NHS, rail fares, the economy or immigration policy or Brexit. And it is not an election to determine City-wide issues, such as whether buses run on time, Tube fares or the number of police.
Check out our reports on the manifesto promises that have been made by the political parties standing in Croydon:
Who are the candidates?
Read our guide to the runners and riders in the Town Hall Stakes here.
That ought to keep you busy, at least till 10pm…
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