‘Democracy should not be cancelled because of Covid,’ says minister

Local and mayoral elections in England are to go ahead in May as planned, the government has confirmed, with councils allocated extra money to help make voting and the counting process safe amid coronavirus.

Under a plan published on Friday by the Cabinet Office, polling stations will be fitted with screens and hand-sanitiser, while voters who have to isolate or shield can nominate a proxy as late as 5pm on polling day, 6 May.

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