The UK’s council, assembly and mayoral elections are the first major test for Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. If Labour do poorly (as polls suggest), then the likelihood of an attempted coup will rise significantly. Early indications are that there might be a protest vote toward smaller parties such as UKIP and the Greens. Indeed, the Greens are celebrating an historic first seat on the Cannock Chase council.
There are signs that Labour has done very poorly in North London, which has a high Jewish population. This is likely a backlash against the ill thought out and possibly anti-Semitic remarks of former MP and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone. Corbyn has been accused of bungling the matter, which saw Livingstone suspended from Labour while an investigation takes place.
However, Labour candidate for the London Mayoralty, Sadiq Khan, is still likely to romp home against Tory Zac Goldsmith.
There are polls right across the UK, and outside of England, most focus will be on Scotland, where the SNP will look to cement their majority in the Holyrood Parliament. However, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction with the nationalists, as they struggle with the reality of delivering on their rhetoric from the devolved, but relatively poweless Parliament. That discontent may not help Scottish Labour in the least, but it could see other parties lift their vote.
The BBC have coverage here.
UPDATE: There are also Parliamentary by-elections. Labour have comfortably won both Ogmore and Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough, which will be a comfort to Corbyn.
UPDATE 2: The Tories have lost ground in the south of England, their usual heartland. Labour have not had as bad a night as some had predicted, except north of Hadrian’s wall.