This made me laugh on the Brighton and Hove council website;
"Voting will take place for all the 54 seats in the city’s 21 council wards.
...Your vote really counts – in the last council elections in 2003, one of our councillors was elected with a majority of only five votes!"
Of course under 'first past the post' in this election in Brighton&Hove it is mainly in the following 6 marginal wards that 'your vote really counts'.
REGENCY: Labour, Greens and Lib Dems separated by 40 votes.
PRESTON PARK: Lab and Greens 89 votes apart.
GOLDSMID: Lab and Cons 34 votes apart.
HANGLETON&KNOLL: Lab and Cons 79 votes apart.
EAST BRIGHTON: Lab and Cons 161 votes apart.
CENTRAL HOVE: Cons and Lib Dems 174 votes apart.
If you vote Green or Lib Dem in GOLDSMID, HANGLETON&KNOLL or EAST BRIGHTON you will help elect Tories. Only Labour can beat the Tories here. This is where who runs the council will be decided - Labour or Tory. Labour have 6 seats here out of 9 and the Tories currently have 2 + 1 independent. This is where it is imperative to vote Labour to stop the Tories gaining seats and a majority on the council.
The Greens have more than doubled their vote in Brighton and Hove since 2003 (mostly in the city centre) so could do well in REGENCY, PRESTON PARK and HANOVER&ELM GROVE. The Greens currently have 3 of the 8 seats here, Labour have 4 and the Lib Dems 1.
The Lib Dems could possibly worry the Tories in CENTRAL HOVE but it is an outside bet. The Tories have the 2 seats here.
Labour should hold on to their 3 seats in QUEENS PARK from the Greens and 2 seats in SOUTH PORTSLADE from the Tories.
Labour safe wards are HOLLINGBURY&STANMER,MOULSECOMB&BEVENDEAN and NORTH PORTSLADE where they have 8 seats.
Tory safe wards are PATCHAM,ROTTINGDEAN COASTAL,STANFORD,WESTBOURNE,WISH,WITHDEAN and WOODINGDEAN where they have 16 seats + 1 independent.
The Green safe ward is ST PETERS&NORTH LAINE where they have 3 seats (although Labour have some strong candidates here making a challenge).
The Lib Dem safe ward is BRUNSWICK&ADELAIDE where they have 2 seats.