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Council elections in three English counties have been postponed because those authorities could be abolished.

Plans have been submitted to create unitary authorities in place of existing councils in Cumbria, Somerset and North Yorkshire.

The government said delaying elections, due to be held on 6 May, until May 2022 would avoid “confusing” voters.

Elections for Police and Crime Commissioners and those for town and parish councils will still take place.

Cumbria, Somerset and North Yorkshire are currently each run by a county council along with a number of district councils.

However, the government has asked

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