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Local elections 2014: All London boroughs up for grabs

Every council seat in London will be up for grabs for the first time in four years as the nation goes to the polls on 22 May.

More than 1,800 in 32 boroughs in total will be contested, following the 2010 poll when Labour secured 36.4% of the vote to the Conservatives 34.5%.

This time around Labour will be targeting Tory-controlled outer London boroughs such as Croydon, Barnet and Hammersmith and Fulham.

Mayoral elections are also taking place in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

The colour of the capital

When the dust settles after the elections in London's 32 boroughs, it may tell us something significant about how London is changing. BBC London's political reporter Tim Donovan looks at how the "colour" of the capital could shift.

Street clashes force Farage no-show

Nigel Farage pulls out of a UKIP musical carnival in Croydon after supporters clashed in the street with protesters.

Is Europe good for London business?

The European elections are seen by some as a barometer of the way Londoners feel about the impact of the EU on the capital.

BBC London's political editor Tim Donovan has been gauging the current feeling by talking to business owners in the capital.

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Media captionIs Europe good for London business?

Croydon battleground

Croydon is host to one of London's tightest contests for control of the town hall. Since 2006, Labour and the Conservatives have battled for control of the borough, and with local elections on 22 May political parties have stepped up their campaigning.

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Media captionCroydon is set to be a tight election battleground

London housing

In Hammersmith and Fulham, the Conservative-run authority will be hoping its success in repeatedly cutting council tax will help win over voters.

The borough used to be a Labour heartland but it is thought rising house prices have strengthened the Tory vote, so what will it take for Labour to regain control?

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Media captionIn some areas the election centres on housing supply

'Birthplace of democracy'

Labour is expected to make solid gains at the local elections - but can Ed Miliband's party win in a straight fight with the Tories? Brian Wheeler visited Merton, a key London battleground to find out.

Harrow the election 'swing area'

The north-west London borough of Harrow has been deemed an election "swing area" by experts.

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Health campaigners

Having marched on the streets and taken their message to parliament, health campaigners are bidding for seats in the European and local elections.

Karl Mercer reports on the National Health Action Party whose candidates include comedian and actor Rufus Hound.

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Media captionElectioneering follows various recent NHS campaigns

Barnet Council's outsourcing policy

A north London council is facing its first electoral test after it sought to cut costs by outsourcing services.

Barnet Council says its One Barnet Programme is currently forecast to deliver £165m in total savings, but the Labour Party claims the changes have caused "a series of problems".

Boris 'welcome on team'

As the Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson campaigned in Harrow, Mr Cameron said he would welcome Mr Johnson as part of his team at the next general election.

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Media captionDavid Cameron and the Mayor of London were campaigning ahead of the local and European elections on 22 May

Liberal Democrats face 'election test'

The Liberal Democrats control two councils in the capital including in Kingston where they have run the council for 12 years, but pollsters are predicting a Conservative win at the local elections.

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Media captionThe Liberal Democrats control two councils in the capital

Green Party launches campaign

The Green Party has pledged to curb bankers' bonuses, improve air quality and make a London Living Wage compulsory as it launches its local election campaign.

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Media captionThe Green Party wants to make a London Living Wage compulsory

The east London battle with UKIP

Havering became the first borough in London to gain a UKIP councillor, in the previous local elections.

Since then three Conservative candidates have defected, while in nearby Barking & Dagenham, Labour have seen several defections, some to UKIP.

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Media captionEast London has become a battleground for UKIP

'Cost of living crisis'

Ed Miliband launched his party's campaign in Redbridge and said a "cost-of-living crisis" affecting millions of families would be at the centre of the party's campaign.

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Media captionEd Miliband launched his party's campaign in Redbridge

Lenny Henry 'should emigrate to a black country'

A UKIP candidate defended his tweets in which he said comedian Lenny Henry should emigrate to a "black country" and compared Islam to the Third Reich.

William Henwood, who is standing in the Enfield council election, said he did not think the messages were offensive.

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Media captionWilliam Henwood told the BBC he did not think his tweets about Lenny Henry were offensive, as Ross Hawkins reports

Key election issues in the capital

BBC London's political editor Tim Donovan looks at the key issues facing the city, with Conservative MP Bob Neill, Sadiq Khan, Labour MP, and Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP.

The Green Party's Natalie Bennett and Roger Gravett from UKIP also state why people should vote for their parties.

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Media captionSeats in all 32 boroughs are up for grabs

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