The make-up of Preston Council could shift next week as voters go to the polls.
Elections will be held for one third of the council seats, in all but four wards across the city.
In College ward, Moor Park ward and University ward there will be no vote for local councillors this year, while the seat in St George’s ward is uncontested, meaning there will be no local election and Labour councillor Anis Faruki is returned uncontested.
Incumbent candidates across Preston will by fighting to hold on to their seats, with opposition councillors vying to win new areas.
Three councillors are to stand down this year, leaving three seats where parties will be looking to hold on or make gains.
In Ashton, Labour councillor Elizabeth Atkins has announced she will not re-stand.
The last four years has been the first time labour councillors held both seats in the ward, which had previously had at least one Conservative councillor, making the area a key battleground.
Standing to try to win the seat will be Conservative candidate Michael Balshaw, Green candidate Alasdair Bremner, Liberal Democrat candidate Mark Jewell, UKIP candidate Graeme Moitie and Labour’s Angela Vodden.
Deepdale Independent councillor Terry Cartwright has also announced his is to step down, after 26 years’ service.
His seat will be contested by Conservative candidate Jonathan Campbell, UKIP candidate Derek Killeen, and Labour candidate Lynne Wallace.
And Coun Veronica Afrin, who has served on the council for 37 years, will not be re-standing in St Matthew’s ward.
Vying for her former seat will be Labour candidate Jade Morgan, and Conservative candidate James Shuttleworth.
Across the city, there will be 18 seats up for grabs.
The wards where local elections are to be held are Ashton, Brookfield, Cadley, Deepdale, Fishwick, Garrison, Greyfriars, Ingol, Larches, Lea, Preston Rural East, Preston Rural North, Ribbleton, Riversway, Sharoe Green, St Matthew’s, Town Centre and Tulketh.
Labour will be fielding 18 candidates, as well as Coun Anis Faruki, who has been returned uncontested to his seat in St George’s, because nobody stood against him.
The Conservative Party is fielding 18 candidates, the Liberal Democrats have 11 candidates, The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has 10, while the Green Party is fielding three candidates.
The council in Preston is currently made up of 32 Labour councillors, 19 Conservative councillors, five Liberal Democrat Councillors, and one Deepdale Independent.
Professor David Denver, emeritus professor of politics at Lancaster University and elections expert, said there was unlikely to be any major change in the shape of Preston Council.
He said: “One of the things about the places which have annual elections is that change is very slow.
“Because there is only one third each time, it is hard to throw the lot out, whereas with all-in elections that can happen.
“If you had asked me six weeks ago, I would have said Labour were due to get a hammering all over the country.
“Mainly because they are not making much impact, and Jeremy Corbyn is not the most popular leader Labour has ever had.
“But, since then, we’ve had yet another budget that’s been pretty disastrous for the Tories, so the result is it’s much less obvious what will happen.”
He said, however, that he thought it was likely that Labour would lose “a bit”, nationally.
He said: “The people who are up for election now were last elected in 2012, and that was just after what came to be called the ‘omnishambles budget’, with the pasty tax and the granny tax and the Tories were very unpopular because of that.
“Now they are not as popular as they were six weeks ago, but they are still more or less in the lead with Labour, and certainly better than four years ago.
“A big unknown is UKIP, it’s a bit of an unknown quantity, particularly with the referendum campaign - that might give them a bit of a lift.
“I rather like the fact elections are unpredictable, and these are not nearly as predictable as they would have been six weeks ago.”
However, Professor Denver said any major change was unlikely at Preston Council.
He said: “I certainly know some of the Labour wards are rock solid, and it’s going to take an earthquake to move them.
“National trends have to be interpreted carefully when you’re applying them to particular localities.”
He said Preston had a large Labour majority, and said: “In order to turn things around, it would really require an earthquake and I don’t think there’s going to be a political earthquake.
“I would still think it should still be a bit better for the Conservatives.
“Four years ago the Conservatives were in a terrible state, and now they are in a bit of a better state, even though they are not that popular.”
Aside from the local council elections, there will be elections across Lancashire to choose a Police and Crime Commissioner for the county.
Below is a list of candidates who will be standing in the Preston Council elections:
Michael Arthur BALSHAW - Conservative Party
Alasdair David BREMNER - Green Party Stop Fracking Now
Mark George JEWELL - Liberal Democrats
Graeme MOITIE - UK Independence Party
Angela VODDEN - Labour Party
Daryl BAMBER - Conservative Party
Philip Edward CORKER - Labour Party
Neil GRAHAM - UK Independence Party(UKIP)
Royston BANKS - UK Independence Party(UKIP)
John POTTER - Liberal Democrats
Suleman SARWAR - Labour Party
Jim WITHERINGTON - The Conservative Party
Jonathan CAMPBELL - Conservative Party
Derek KILLEEN - UK Independence Party
Lynne WALLACE - Labour Party
Emma FIELDING - Conservative Party
Martyn Andrew RAWLINSON - Labour Party
Stuart Robert GREENHALGH - Conservative Party
Nweeda KHAN - Labour Party
Hans VOGES - Liberal Democrats
Claire CRAVEN - Liberal Democrats
Damien MOORE - The Conservative Party
John WILSON - Labour Party
Kieran ASPDEN - UK Independence Party
Pauline Mary BROWN - Liberal Democrats
John ROCHFORD - Labour Party
Anthony SMITH - Conservative Party
Alice BUCHANAN - Conservative Party
David John CALLAGHAN - Liberal Democrats
David Martin DAWSON - UK Independence Party(UKIP)
Mark YATES - Labour Party
Trevor Michael HART - Conservative Party
Mark Bernard KINGSLEY - UK Independence Party
Rebecca POTTER - Liberal Democrats
Samir VOHRA - Labour Party
Preston Rural East
Tom DAVIES - The Conservative Party
Stephen Andrew SMITH - Labour Party
Preston Rural North
Robert James CROSS - Labour Party
Lona SMITH - The Conservative Party Candidate
Alex WARREN - Liberal Democrats
Robert Charles ASH - Liberal Democrats
Anthony James HELPS - UK Independence Party
Stephen KAY - The Conservative Party
Nicholas William POMFRET - Labour Party
Victoria BAMBER - Conservative Party
Linda CROMPTON - Labour Party
Alex WALKER - Green Party
Maureen WATT - UK Independence Party
Helen DISLEY - Green Party
Jonathan James GRISDALE - Labour Party
Greg VICKERS - Liberal Democrats
David WALKER - Conservative Party Candidate
Jade Marie MORGAN - Labour Party
James SHUTTLEWORTH - Conservative Party
Drew GALE - Labour Party
Matthew HARGREAVES - Conservative Party
Matthew John BROWN - Labour Party
Edward CRAVEN - Liberal Democrats
Bowen PERRYMAN - Conservative Party
Andrew John WATT - UK Independence Party (UKIP)