That’s all for us today, polling stations are now almost closed. To find out about the latest results when they happen, go to our new dedicated A live blog about UK politics from 22:00, which will guide you through all the activities that take place tomorrow.
If you’re in Greater Manchester or Lancashire, here’s a good description of the time when your upcoming councils are expected to announce the results of Opros polls.
Foreign Minister Liz Trass has condemned a terrorist attack that killed three people in the Israeli city of Greece.
Witnesses told police that on Thursday night two men attacked passers-by with axes or sharp knives.
It is known that three men aged 40 died and several others were injured. Criminals are being searched for.
Writing on Twitter, Trass said she was “shocked by another terrorist attack in Israel.” The attack is one of a series of attacks that have recently taken place in Israel and the West Bank.
This afternoon we had a #dogsatpollingstations photo of the rescue dog Loki at the station in Ramsbot, Berry.
Owner Alex tells us that Loki will be looking forward to watching the results tonight.
Rachel Wirmouth of the Mirror reports that Labor is inviting its activists London go to Wandsworth and Croydon to campaign before polls close at 10 p.m.
Vandsworth is one of the tips mentioned in the last post as the ones to watch out for. The Conservatives currently occupies 33 of the 60 seats, but Labor hopes to succeed in the district.
In Croydon, Work currently oversees the board, occupying 40 of the 70 seats on it.
Polling stations for Thursday’s local election will close at 10 p.m., and the first results are expected to be around or after midnight. Here are some of the key places we’re looking forward to hearing from the early hours of the night.
Bolton, where the outcome is expected sometime after 2 a.m., has been run by a conservative minority administration since 2019, but now most likely there will be no general oversight. The district should give a good early indicator as to whether there is Work makes any return to the north of England.
Here is an update to #dogsatpollingstation on behalf of the loyal reader.
Boris Johnson talked to the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, in his next call this afternoon. Here is a reading of the conversation from No. 10:
[Johnson] welcomed the opportunity to address the Ukrainian parliament earlier this week, noting the importance of Ukraine’s democratic values as a counterweight to Russia’s autocracy.
President Zelensky said that the parliament was cordial, which demonstrates the importance of Britain’s support for Ukraine.
The leaders discussed developments on the battlefield and the demands of the Ukrainian armed forces, including the provision of more distant weapons to prevent the bombing of civilians.
The Prime Minister also stressed the importance of a credible and independent international trial to bring to justice those responsible for the atrocities in Ukraine, and suggested that the UK continue to support the collection of evidence of war crimes.
They agreed to talk again in the coming days.
Last week my colleagues Ravenna Mason and Heather Stewart published a story feared by Tory rebel deputies Boris Johnson may call a general election in a few months on the grounds that it will give him a better chance of remaining in office.
Catherine Nylan, from Insider, heard the same speculation, and she published good story with a new understanding of why some Conservative MPs privately think this could happen. She says one factor is that Johnson “was warned by his political strategist Linton Crosby that the British economy” will not get better “before the current term ends in 2024.”