In what has been popularly dubbed “Super Thursday,” the local elections in the U.K. include thousands of seats across councils in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Polls opened at 6.00 GMT.
They are the biggest U.K. elections outside of a general election, with both Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn campaigning alongside their party candidates.
The local elections will prove to be a litmus test for the general elections due to be held in 2020. Corbyn said he is confident his party will make gains with voters.
The conservative government has come under fire for changes to welfare and universal tax credits. Cameron ’s father was mentioned in the Panama Papers corruption leak, resulting in calls for his resignation.
On his Facebook page, Corbyn argued that the the Tories' policies did not work towards a fair economy and that they could not be trusted to look after working people. He also stressed the need to work for affordable housing and safer communities.
Labour candidate Sadiq Khan, a former human rights lawyer, is ahead in polls and could become London's first Muslim mayor.
The U.K. will again head to the polls on June 23 for the long-awaited European Union Brexit referendum, where they will decide whether or not to remain in the EU.