A third of seats are up for
election in the four metropolitan boroughs in the Black Country.
In 2016 Labour fell just three votes
short of taking overall control in Dudley.
Both they and the Conservatives
will be targeting the six seats defended by UKIP which were won at the height of
the pro-Brexit party’s popularity four years ago.
Walsall also hangs on a knife edge, with a Labour – Liberal Democrat coalition looking to hold on to a narrow majority.
Labour hold such a healthy majority in Wolverhampton that they could survive almost total disaster at the ballot box and cling on to control, while Sandwell is a virtual one party state.
Labour councillors hold 67 of the 72 seats there, four of five independents were Labour party candidates when they were elected.
A series of scandals over councillor conduct could provide an opportunity for other parties, though even winning one of the 24 seats up for grabs would give them cause for celebration.