Polling day nerves at Civic Centre

VOTERS in Ipswich are going out to the polls today in elections for the borough council.Councillors in all 16 wards in the borough are up for grabs in an election which could alter the political balance at Civic Centre.

VOTERS in Ipswich were going out to the polls today in elections for the borough council.

Councillors in all 16 wards in the borough are up for grabs in an election which could alter the political balance at Civic Centre.

The Labour Party is defending seats which it won in a very good year - 2002 - and fears it will not be able to win power back in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are hoping to make gains - although no single party is likely to have enough seats at the end of the day to form an administration on its own.

Polling stations are open until 10pm tonight and the first results are expected to be announced at about midnight.

Among the new polling stations this year is one in the County Library in Northgate Street, Ipswich which saw some early visitors this morning.

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Only two councils in Suffolk - Ipswich and Lowestoft-based Waveney - are going to the polls today, although around the country half the population of England and Wales will be able to vote.

Tomorrow's Evening Star will contain full results and reports of the elections in Ipswich - and analysis of what the results across the country mean for the government and other parties in Westminster.