What's happening today
Referendum on whether to change Westminster voting system from first-past-the-post to AV
English local elections
Northern Ireland Assembly and local elections
Scottish parliamentary elections
Wales National Assembly elections
England mayoral elections
Leicester South constituency by-election
MPC meeting - interest rate decision
9.30am - Libya contact group: Foreign Secretary William Hague attends second meeting of the Libya Contact Group in Rome
10.30am - Business statement in the House of Commons
1pm - A debate on AV is held at the RSA with Dr Alan Renwick, Independent journalist John Rentoul and Hansard Society chair Dr Ruth Fox
What’s being said
The AV system isn’t ideal, argues Timothy Garton Ash in The Guardian, but it’s the best choice we have. Voters should seize this opportunity because it will not come again.
The Tories’ bargaining power in the Coalition will increase after today’s elections suggests Simon Heffer in The Telegraph. The campaign has also demonstrated that Nick Clegg is out of his depth and David Cameron should let him sink.
Bin Laden’s death reignites the debate over use of torture on detainees argues Kim Sengupta in The Independent with former members of the Bush administration claiming it was vindicated to obtain information.
Stats of the day
279 – the number of English local authorities holding elections today
78bn euros – the amount Portugal have agreed on a bail-out from the EU and IMF
£3.47bn – Lloyd banking group losses for the first three months of the year