Council election votes counted tomorrow
THOUSANDS of people today began voting for a new-look Kirklees Council.
All the main parties had hopes of increasing their share of the seats.
And with 23 of the 69 seats up for grabs, there was every chance of an upset along the way.
There was a steady trickle of voters as the 194 polling booths opened at 7am, but many were not expecting the main rush until later this afternoon.
A large proportion of the voting public across Kirklees now chooses to vote by post. Some 44,000 postal votes have been sent out this year.
The polling stations are remaining open until 10pm but the votes will not be counted until tomorrow.
Huddersfield and Dewsbury Sports Centres will be turned over to the counts tomorrow from 10am with the results expected to be announced by lunchtime.
The Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and British National party are contesting all the seats up for grabs, with the Greens fielding a candidate in all but one.
There are also candidates bidding for places on the council on behalf of Save Huddersfield NHS, The English Democrats, Respect, the Monster Raving Loony Party, The New Party and as an independent.
* The current state of play is as follows: Tories 21, Labour 20, Lib Dem 20, BNP 3, Green 3, Independent 1, Save Huddersfield NHS 1.