Up to 26,000 candidates are standing for places in 248 local authorities across England and 11 in Northern Ireland. The results of the ballot could make for an eventful night, with the Tories predicting they will lose up hundreds of seats. Mrs May’s Brexit debacle, that has seen £1.5billion wasted on no deal preparations before the option was sensationally taken off the table by MPs in a series of amendment votes is already being blamed for what is expected to be a disastrous result.
After the Prime Minister begged the EU for three Article 50 extensions – from March 29 to April 12 and eventually Halloween – the Conservatives now fear they could shed up to 1,000 seats in a catastrophic night for the warring party.
Such a result would place even further pressure on Mrs May to resign as Tory leader.
Conservative Campaign HQ (CCHQ) have said they can limit losses to “around 500 to 600 on a good night”, according to The Sun.
Though some predict the absence of Tory rivals the Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, will be “crucial” for the party, according to political scientist Sir John Curtice.
Mr Curtice told the BBC that unhappy Brexiteer votes will have “nowhere to go”, leaving them with the choice of “holding their nose” and voting for the Conservative Party “anyway”, or staying at home.
He added: “Support for Westminster has haemorrhaged since March 29 amongst Leave voters.
“Maybe that will perhaps help to explain that things may not be quite so and for the Conservatives.
Voting began at 7am this morning, and closed at 10pm tonight.
The crunch count takes place immediately afterwards, with results trickling in after midnight.
A fuller picture of how political parties have faired in the local polls will not be available until the morning.