On Thursday May 5th the polls will open for local council elections. Here in South West London all of the councils are up for grabs with the closest battle coming in Wandsworth where Labour are hoping to snatch the council from the Conservatives for the first time in over forty years.

Riverside Radio will be guiding you through the whole night with live coverage from 10pm on, on DAB+, on your smart speaker or on the Riverside Radio app.

The Riverside Reports team will be broadcasting LIVE from the counts at town halls across south west London.

Richmond Upon Thames: Hannah Ward-Glenton and Lewi Harries

Wandsworth: Tom Nunan and Sophia Hill

Merton: Tom Hopkinson

Lambeth: Julia Bright and Richard Wheatley

Riverside Radio News Editor Stephen Menon will be hosting our election night coverage till the last council has been called with live interviews in the studio, speaking to candidates, local journalists and experts.

You will also be able to follow all of the major developments in Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth on our social media platforms @thisisriverside or by using the hashtag #swlondonvotes It promises to be a tight race in many of our areas, with several wards decided by fewer than 10 votes in 2018, and there are even two wards which are split by only one vote each!

Make sure you go out and vote, make sure you tune into Riverside Radio, make sure you know what's going on!