Watch: Live election debate today - YEP readers quiz Leeds council leaders ahead of May 3 big ballot

Have your say

Are you feeling perturbed about potholes, bothered by bin collections and buses, or just plain fed up because you think your Leeds council tax is being spent on vanity projects?

Then here’s your chance to put things right.

The Yorkshire Evening Post is hosting a leaders’ debate today (Friday) at our Whitehall Road headquarters from 2pm ahead of the local elections, and we have invited the leaders of all the main parties at Leeds Civic Hall, as well as representatives for independent candidates.

The participants will present their case for why they should take charge of the Leeds City Council chamber after next week’s local elections.

The hour-long debate - which will be live streamed on the YEP’s Facebook page - will see the leaders of the Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem and Green parties at Leeds Civic Hall quizzed direct with questions submitted by readers. A representative for this year’s high number of independent candidates will also be present.

Questions have been submitted by YEP readers throughout this week - and we’ll be getting through as many of them as possible.

Leeds will go to the polls on May 3, with all 99 of the city council’s seats up for grabs in the first all-out elections since 2004.

In exactly one week’s time, we’ll know the make-up the new-look Leeds City Council.

Your council – and the councillors you elect – are responsible for managing or helping to manage a huge variety of services, including council housing, environmental issues such as litter and flytipping, leisure and recreation facilities, libraries, local planning and transport, parks, roads and footpaths, social services and waste and recycling.

In the last all-out election, the Labour party lost control of the city for the first time in 24 years and was replaced by a Conservative/Lib Dem/Green coalition.

Labour regained control in 2010, and currently has 63 seats and an overall majority of 17.

This year, each elector has three votes as they are electing all three councillors in their ward.