BORIS Johnson is on the brink of seizing Hartlepool from Labour this morning with another seismic election night set to further redraw Britain’s political map.
The Tories are set to win the North East town for the first time in more than 50 years after Sir Keir Starmer’s party conceded defeat.
And they’ve also made huge gains in key council areas, including Harlow in Essex and Nuneaton and Bedworth, in Warwickshire.
Clinching the two bellwether seats from Labour will provide an enormous mid-term boost to the PM.
But the results present an “existential” crisis for Sir Keir, and will throw further doubts over his future leadership of the left-wing party.
Welcome to The Sun’s Election 2021 live blog, where you’ll find all the latest results news and updates on the largest local vote in decades.
Approximately 48 million people were able to cast a vote for about 4,650 positions of power today – a much larger number than usual after much of the voting was delayed last year due to covid.
We’ll bring you everything you need to know to keep up to date as counting up and down the country begins.
Read our Local Elections 2021 live blog below for up to the minute updates…