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Thousands of people from across Rugby will cast their vote today in the Warwickshire County Council elections.

Polling stations across the town opened at 7am this morning and will close at 10pm tonight.

The Advertiser will Tweeet the results (which will also go on to our Facebook page) from the Town Hall as they’re announced tomorrow (Friday).

Find us on Twitter :rugbyadv or search for us on Facebook via ‘The Rugby Advertiser’.

Results will also be published on our website tomorrow, with a full round up in next Thursday’s paper.

YOUR GUIDE TO THE 2013 WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Entirely separate from Rugby Borough Council, Conservative-controlled Warwickshire County Council receives 76 per cent of all council tax bills (and additional Government funding, including money from business rates). It has responsibility for schools, roads, social care (such as county council youth centres, care homes, adult learning and carer support), fire and rescue, the vast majority of street lights and libraries amongst other things. It’s annual budget is around £750m, a figure that has been reduced by over £60m by Westminster since 2010 - leading to the reduction or closure of several services.

All councillors will be up for election, and will serve four year terms. The current make-up of the 64-member strong council is 38 Conservatives, 11 Lib Dems, ten Labour members, one member representing the Whitnash Residents Association and two vacancies.

Rugby has eight divisions (the county equivalent of wards) and all are Conservative apart from Eastlands and Hillmorton, which has Lib Dem councillors.

Voters will be able to vote at pollings station between 7am and 10pm on Thursday May 2 and votes will be counted and winners announced on Friday. To check where your local polling station is, and other information including a map of Rugby divisions, see warwickshire.gov.uk/elections.

Admiral

There would need to be a huge swing away from the Conservatives to install a councillor from a rival party.

2009 votes:

Conservative 988, 52.53%, Labour 405, 21.53%,

LibDem 249, 13.24%,

Green 239, 12.71%.

Peter Butlin, Conservative

Chris Holman, Lib Dem

Peter Reynolds, Green

Steve Roberts, TUSC

John Wells, Labour

Earl Craven

Like Admirals, Earl Craven division would need a sizable swing away from the Conservatives from a rival party to change hands.

2009 votes:

Conservative, 1865 62.73%

Labour 385 12.95%

Lib Dem 372 12.51%

Green 351 11.81%.

Bert Harris, TUSC

Ellie Roderick, Green

John Slinger, Labour

Heather Timms, Conservative

Brownsover

Brownsover’s result was close enough in 2009 to suggest the two Conservative seats might not be as safe as other divisions, especially with the introduction a UKIP candidate.

2009 votes:

Conservative 3146, 34.65% Labour 2746, 30.25%,

Green 1271, 25.6%,

Lib Dem 1444, 15.9%,

Patricia Wyatt (Independent) 471, 5.19%.

Lorna Dunleavy, Green

Dale Keeling, Lib Dem

Carolyn Robbins, Conservative

Neil Sandison, Lib Dem

Mickey Singh, UKIP

Bill Smith, TUSC

Helen Walton, Conservative

Alan Webb, Labour

Mary Webb, Labour

Steven Wright, Green

Eastlands and Hillmorton

The Lib Dems’ only county council seats in Rugby, the Lib Dems will be hoping their majority remains, especially as it belongs to Warwickshire Lib Dem’s leader, Cllr Jerry Roodhouse. Loss of the seat would be a shock.

2009 votes:

Lib Dem 4530 51.52%,

Conservative 2348 26.7%,

Labour 1179 13.41%, Green 737 8.38%.

Barbara Brown, Labour

David Cranham, Conservative

Richard Dodd, Lib Dem

Katie Ferrier, Conservative

Phil Godden, Green

Dave Goodwin, TUSC

James Harris, Green

Jerry Roodhouse, Lib Dem

Steve Weston, Labour

Dunchurch

This mainly rural division is likely to be contested between the’ existing Cllr, Robin Hazelton, and independent candidate Cllr Howard Roberts. The pair have been the centre of several discussions on the Advertiser’s letters page in recent months.

2009 votes:

Conservative, 2085, 64.31%

Lib Dem 589, 18.17%,

Green 292 9.01%,

Labour 276 8.51%.

Doreen Cox, Labour

Robin Hazelton, Conservative

Ally MacGregor, TUSC

Howard Roberts, Independent

Susan Tucker, Green

Lawford and New Bilton

Although currently held by the Conservatives, this is the Labour group’s best chance of winning a seat in Rugby. Labour will be hopeful the UKIP candidate will split the Conservative vote.

2009 Votes:

Conservative 931 35.82%

Labour 753 28.97%

Green 350 13.47%

BNP 315 12.12%

Lib Dem 250 9.62%.

Christopher Cade, Conservative

Andrew Crane, Independent

Thomas Hardgrave, Lib Dem

Roy Harvey, UKIP

Pete McLaren, TUSC

Maggie O’Rourke, Labour

Roy Sandison, Green

Caldecott

Caldecott Division could be close and will likely go to the Conservatives, but not without a fight from the Liberal Democrats, who finished second in 2009, in particular. The Liberal Democrats (and several other candidates) are existing or former borough councillors who will also be known to many to the community, meaning rivalry for the two seats could be higher than it was four years ago.

2009 votes:

Conservative 4608, 49.97%,

Lib Dem 2398, 26.01%,

Labour 1175 12.74%,

Green, 1040, 11.28%.

Kate Crowley, Green

Yousef Dahmash, Conservative

Claire Edwards, Labour

Rob Johnson, TUSC

Kam Kaur, Conservative

Bill Lewis, Lib Dem

Dave Merritt, Lib Dem

Ish Mistry, Labour

Louisa Taylor, Green

Julie Weekes, TUSC

Fosse

The rural division of Fosse is highly likely to be retained by the Conservatives, however many will be keeping an eye on how UKIP’s candidate in particular does here..

2009 votes:

Conservative 1761 63.05%

Lib Dem 368, 13.18%

Bevin, Labour 342, 12.24%,

Green 322, 11.53%.

John Birch, UKIP

Andy Coles, Labour

Phillip Morris-Jones, Conservative

Ben Phillips, Green

Marian Wakelin, TUSC