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After weeks of campaigning it’s nearly the voters’ turn to have their say- as polling stations open in today’s the Derbyshire County Council elections on Thursday.

Labour will be looking to overturn the slim Conservative hold on the authority - which currently sees the Tories hold 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 so far.

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

On Thursday, May 2, you have until 5pm to cast your ballot.

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 on the day.

Completed forms must be received by 5pm on May 2 at the latest and must be countersigned by the applicant’s Doctor.

The proxy voting helpline is on 01773 841633.

For a rundown of all the results in the Ripley and Heanor News area - don’t forget to grab next week’s paper, out Thursday, May 9.

Our reporters and photographers will be at the count - to be held at Alfreton Leisure Centre on Friday, May 3. You will be able to follow the results as they come in via our website -, or via our Twitter feed @RHNews.