ELECTION: Tories vying to protect slim lead

After weeks of campaigning, it’s now the voters’ turn to have their say - as polling stations opened for today’s

Derbyshire County Council elections.

Labour will be looking to overturn the slim Conservative majority on the authority - which currently sees the Tories with 31 seats to Labour’s 23.

The controlling party is putting forward the most candidates at 64. But an unknown quantity will be the fortunes of UKIP, fielding 54 candidates this year — its most ever.

A total of 37 candidates are vying for the nine seats available in Amber Valley.

If you have not already done so today, Thursday, May 2, you have until 10pm to cast your vote.

To find out where your nearest polling station is, either head to the Amber Valley Borough Council website or call the election helpline on 01773 841632.

If you suddenly become unable to go to the polling station, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm today. Completed forms must be received by 5pm on May 2 and must be countersigned by the applicant’s doctor.

The proxy voting helpline is on 01773 841633.

For an in-depth rundown of all the results and reaction in the Belper News area - don’t forget to grab next week’s paper, out Wednesday, May 8.