Voters go to the polls next week to determine who runs Kirklees Council.

For the past 12 months the Labour party have been just one seat short of an overall majority.

Election figures from 2015 indicate a small number of battlegrounds will be key to whether Labour gets full control of decision making in the borough.

Analysis of results from last year shows five incumbent councillors could be at threat of losing their seats.

Voting trends suggest three Lib Dem seats could be lost to either Labour or Tory candidates.

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The hotly contested wards of Almondbury and Golcar could see Labour gain the seats they need to reach the 35 needed for majority control of the council.

Labour currently has 34 of the 69 seats.

The majority of its 12 councillors defending seats are in safe Labour areas in North Kirklees and Huddersfield.

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And the party will be hoping two key wards – Almondbury and Golcar – could tip the balance in its favour.

Last year Labour took one Almondbury seat from the Lib Dems after Clr Judith Hughes pipped Tory, Bernard McGuin, at the post with the Liberals finishing third.

This time round Lib Dem incumbent, Clr Phil Scott, who easily won his seat in 2012, is at threat from Labour candidate Ken Lowe, with Mr McGuin again hoping to finally get a seat on the council.

Kirklees councillor Phil Scott

A second Lib Dem seat at threat is Clr Christine Iredale’s in Golcar.

In 2015, Labour’s Clr Hilary Richards retained her Golcar seat against the threat of Clr Iredale’s husband Robert, who was sitting for the Lib Dems.

However, it is only three years since Clr Christine Iredale stormed back into the council, after losing her seat to Labour in 2012.

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The victor, Clr Paul Salveson stood down after just 18 months in the job, sparking a by-election that saw Clr Iredale swiftly returned to power.

A third Lib Dem seat at risk is in the neighbouring Colne Valley ward.

Former Mayor of Kirklees, Clr David Ridgway, is up for re-election but his party was only the third most popular with voters 12 months ago.

The winner, Conservative, Clr Donna Bellamy, finished 500 votes ahead of second placed Labour.

One high profile Labour seat at threat is Clr Graham Turner in Denby Dale.

Kirklees Labour member, Clr Graham Turner

Clr Turner, the cabinet member for resources, is the only Labour member in the ward with seven of the eight other councillors in his neighbouring wards, Kirkburton and Holme Valley South, being Conservative party members.

Last year the Tories easily held their Denby Dale seat with more than 1,200 more votes than the Labour candidate.

Round the corner in Kirkburton, Kirklees Labour’s allies the Green Party could also lose a seat.

Clr Robert Barraclough is hoping to stay put but in 2015 his Green colleague, Derek Hardcastle, was comfortably deposed by Tory, John Taylor.

Polls open at 7am on Thursday, May 5 and close at 10pm.

Votes will be counted on Friday morning with results expected at about lunch time.