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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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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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The Economy: London 1 v The Rest of Britain 0

October 24, 2013

Here are today’s classified results from the UK economy regional league: London and The South East 1 V The Rest of Britain (excluding Scotland) 0 Regional economic findings published in today’s Guardian now show that London and the South-East England economies are booming, whilst the rest of the UK remains stuck in the rut of […]

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The Living Wage: Barnet and Lib Dem Councils Worst in London

March 20, 2013

As an enthusiastic backer of the Living Wage, I thought it worthwhile to look at how councils in London are getting on in its implementation.  The map below is a brief summary. London is ahead of the rest of the country in delivering the Living Wage, despite its higher value in the capital – the […]

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Labour shafted a little less by new London Boundary Proposals

October 27, 2012

Last week, the Boundary Commission published its revised recommendations for the changes to English constituencies following the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituency Act 2011.  These recommendations follow on from the initial recommendations published last September and respond to comments raised in the consultation process. This is a less academic exercise than we might have thought […]

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Week 31: Prat – Mitt Romney

August 5, 2012

This week, our award for the biggest prat of the last seven days goes to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney The lull in the US political calendar at the end of July is often used by presidential candidates to travel abroad to demonstrate to a domestic audience their ability on the world stage. Mitt Romney’s […]

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Looking for a new England

April 23, 2012

Today is St. George’s Day, until recently the least conspicuous of the United Kingdom’s four nations’ patron saints’ days. I spent much of Saturday at the local St George’s Day festival, enjoyed by all.  But it was a very different celebration to St George to that the far right would recognise: half of the people […]

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By-Election Special – Feltham and Heston

November 30, 2011

The death of Alan Keen from cancer 0n 10 November has resulted in the sixth by-election of this Parliament, and the fifth for a Labour–held seat (the sixth was West Belfast).  The Coalition parties must feel blessed that none have yet to be held on their own ground. Labour has been quick to call the […]

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Why All Londoners Will Have To Pay If Ken Loses

September 28, 2011

Given how far off the next general election is, it is not surprising how light the Labour Party conference has been on specific pledges.  One of the clearest was for an election next year: Ken Livingstone’s pledge to cut, then freeze and then control public transport fares.  See the clip below… I think there are […]

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Labour’s London Boundary Challenge

September 13, 2011

The Boundary Commission published its initial proposals for constituency boundary changes in England today (we’ll have to wait a little longer for those in Scotland and Wales).  Regular readers will know that I posted a few speculative articles on how they could pan out for the parties in certain parts of the country: the Isle […]

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London Riots: Another Take On Causes

August 12, 2011

Martin Kettle writes today in The Guardian that the causes identified for the riots in London (and other English cities) are very much being determined by the political perspective of the person writing.   The left blames poverty, cuts and inequality.  The right blames the breakdown of the family, liberal values and the dependency culture inculcated […]

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Policing’s Thieves

July 17, 2011

No, despite having picked two members of Her Majesty’s constabulary as our Villain and Prat of the week, this is not another go at members of the Metropolitan Police. Instead, I want to focus on a recent decision by their political masters in London, Mayor Boris Johnson and his deputy for policing Kit Malthouse. In […]

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Latest Mayoral Poll shows Ken lagging behind his party

June 27, 2011

Last week, YouGov caused a bit of excitement in London with its latest poll of voting intentions in the capital. It held good news for both Labour and the Conservatives, and marginally better news for the Lib Dems than some polls last year. The bad news for Ken Livingstone is that his support is lagging […]

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Labour Gains From Capital Punishment

March 25, 2011

Following the South West regional poll earlier this week, UK Polling Report have published another regional parliamentary poll, this time ComRes‘s most recent for London. This is in line with the national shifts in support for each party since the general election, with the two Coalition parties being punished by the capital’s voters to the […]

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In Praise of the Olympic Games

March 15, 2011

From now until the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on the 27th July 2012, until its close four weeks later, I am going to endeavour not to mention sponsorship, or venues (less it be in praise of them), or traffic congestion, or ticket prices, or politicians cynically getting involved; I am going to try […]

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Councils Funding Left In A Pickle

November 26, 2010

Today’s Guardian ran a story on the falling out between Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and the conservative-led Local Government Association (LGA). The LGA fears that the size of cuts for councils predicted for 2011/12 could lead to 140,000 job losses. The ever-tactful Pickles dismissed this by […]

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Will Boundary Changes Be Such Bad News For Labour?

November 24, 2010

Back in September, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) commissioned this piece of work to show what the constituencies could be like under the government’s proposals to reduce the number of parliamentary seats.  These differ from the government proposals in a few ways, as set out on their web page, but they do give a reasonable indication of what […]

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