Leadership in the balance

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As polling day approaches, all eyes will be on whether the Conservatives can hold on to power in West Lancashire.

Their control could hang in the balance as they defend a majority of just one on May 22.

With 19 seats up for grabs, both Labour and the Conservatives will be fielding 19 candidates. UKIP will fight for 11 seats, with the Green party fielding five candidates and the Liberal Democrats and Independents one each.

The council is currently under Conservative control, with 27 seats held by the Conservatives and 26 held by Labour with one vacancy.

Voters will go to the polls for the local elections and also European parliamentary elections. Electors in the West Lancashire Council area will be choosing councillors for Ashurst, Aughton and Downholland, Aughton Park, Burscough East, Burscough West, Derby, Hesketh-with-Becconsall, Knowsley, Moorside, Newburgh, North Meols, Parbold, Scarisbrick, Scott, Skelmersdale South, Tanhouse, Tarleton (two seats) and Up Holland.

At the same time, people will have the opportunity to vote in European elections to select the region’s eight members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

The local election results count and declaration will take place on May 23, with the European elections count and declaration on May 25.