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Local elections live – latest from Birmingham, Black Country, Solihull and Worcestershire

Polling day is here and it’s the first time voters will be able to select their representatives since the pandemic began.

Seats at Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Cannock, Staffordshire and Solihull’s councils are up for grabs alongside the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner post.

The position for West Midlands Mayor is also being contested.

There’s also a host of elections across Worcestershire – from the county council to the likes of Wychavon, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest.

One-third of seats are up for grabs on all four Black Country councils and in Cannock Chase. Votes will also be cast for all seats on Staffordshire County Council and Solihull.

On what has been dubbed Super Thursday, many believe it will be the largest test of political opinion outside a general election, with the future of the Labour Party and the state of the Union among the issues at play.

And as polling day arrived, both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer visited the region in a bid to grab the final votes.

Mr Johnson was snapped cycling down the canal in Stourbridge with Andy Street before the pair were seen handing out leaflets.

Sir Keir was in the city where he spoke about Labour’s mayoral candidate Liam Byrne ahead of the crunch.

Councils in Dudley and Walsall are tipped to be on a knife-edge and ‘could go either way’ – with some counts taking place overnight.

The Conservatives are attempting to gain representation on Labour-dominated Sandwell Council and are also bidding to regain some control in Wolverhampton Council.

While Cannock Chase is also expected to be a tightly-contested result.

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