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A look forward: 2018 London elections (part 3)

January 3, 2018

Today, we conclude our look forward to the May 2018 local elections in London. You can find the first part of the series here (including details of our methodology) and the second here. Our concluding part covers the ten London Boroughs starting with the letters M through to W. Merton – likely Labour hold We […]

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A look forward: 2018 London elections (part 2)

January 2, 2018

Yesterday, I started a three-part series looking forward to this May’s local elections across the 32 London Boroughs. This is part two in that series, covering the boroughs H to L. For part one, including details on the methodology, click here Today’s Evening Standard’s front page headline was Tory Guru: May Could Lose Half of […]

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A look forward: 2018 London elections (part 1)

January 1, 2018

As a New Year begins, I am setting out the scene for this year’s London elections, a critical test for the three main English parties. This is the first of three posts, setting the scene and covering 10 boroughs (B to G, alphabetically). May’s local elections will be a crucial test for the British political […]

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London’s New Political Landscape

July 9, 2014

Last Thursday’s council by-election in Tower Hamlets’ Blackwall and Cubitt Town ward brought to an end this year’s local elections in London (both this election and the previous week’s in Barnet’s Colindale ward were held back from the main 22 May elections due to the death of a candidate). The London Local Elections Unlike much […]

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Local Election Briefing – Harrow

May 20, 2014

For another of our looks at the forthcoming local elections, we turn to the north London borough of Harrow. At the last general election, the Labour Party in London had some consolation as Brown’s government lost: it more than doubled the London boroughs where it had a majority of the councillors from eight to seventeen […]

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Local Election Briefing – Trafford

May 6, 2014

We are just over a fortnight way from the 2014 local elections: a third of councillors for some authorities and all-out elections in London. There are also elections for every seat for the shadow bodies for the new Northern Ireland district councils that come in to existence next year, when the current 26 will be […]

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Week 18: Prat – The Tories response to UKIP

May 5, 2013

This Week’s Winner of our Prat of the Week Award goes to…The Tories, for their spectacular mishandling of a response to a surge in support for Ukip in the local elections. Since polling a deeply disturbing 23% at Thursday’s local elections – Ukip, and in particular, Nigel Farage are everywhere. Absolutely bloody everywhere. Everyone is […]

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Grant Shapps still doesn’t get it

May 3, 2013

Grant Shapps, the Conservative Party chairman, intellectual tortoise, and a man who sounds like he was named after a Bullingdon Club cocktail drink, has said that the Tories were hit by the rise of UKIP in the local elections. He said: “People have sent a message, we get it, we hear what people are saying, […]

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Mayor Result in Bristol Shows Labour Short of a Breakthrough

November 25, 2012

Labour’s failure to win the mayoralty of Bristol in last week’s elections shows that the party has a long way to go in the capital of the South West. Labour did far better than the Coalition parties: indeed, it received 80% more first preference votes than the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats together. But Labour lost […]

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Election round-up: the local elections

May 11, 2012

It’s been hard work keeping up with all the elections over the weekend: London, France, Greece (the latter now updated with charts and map).  So apologies for taking time to get around to the non-London local elections in the UK. The scope of the elections in England this time was not as broad as in […]

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