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Local elections: Why we still don't know how they look

Local elections: Why we still don't know how they look

by Justin Cash / 02 May 2013 09:25

Today, residents of 34 authorities across England and one Welsh county will cast their votes in local elections. We all expect the Conservatives to haemorrhage seats, right?

Well, maybe not. The result of the latest ComRes poll conducted interviews in the regions of England set to vote this time round gives the Conservatives a seven percentage point lead over Labour, 31 to 24.

Compare this with national polling that, on average, puts Labour ahead by around

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Local elections: Battle of the broadcasts

Local elections: Battle of the broadcasts

by Hywel Nelson / 29 Apr 2013 11:13

It’s been a sad week for fans of party political broadcasts. Then again, the lives of party political broadcast fans are probably pretty bleak generally.

A court in Strasbourg decided last Monday – by a knife-edge nine-against-eight margin – that Britain can keep its strict rules against political broadcasting. An animal welfare group had challenged current restrictions as an affront to free speech.

If just one of the judges had switched their stance, the effect

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The case of the disappearing Lib Dem supporters

The case of the disappearing Lib Dem supporters

by Ben Duckworth / 05 May 2011 12:14

Local elections are also referendums on the national government so I’ve had a peek at some info about Lib Dem voters. Lots of focus has been on the party this week, and that will continue as the results come in tomorrow. We expect the Lib Dems to get a hammering (see our essential analysis of the state of play for the main parties and councils to watch here)

Ipsos MORI have

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The agenda

by Chris McCarthy / 05 May 2011 00:00

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

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Why Chris Huhne is unlikely to be the next Lib Dem leader

Why Chris Huhne is unlikely to be the next Lib Dem leader

by Ben Duckworth / 04 May 2011 16:59

The rest of this week is going to be all about the elections and referendum. The AV polls point to a No triumph, the Scottish and Wales campaigns aren’t going too well, and if they lose many councillors and control of key Northern councils, the Liberal Democrats will have a mini-crisis to deal with over the weekend.

How will the party cope with the ‘stress test’? And how will the most prominent Lib

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Independent candidates are a viable alternative in the May 5th elections

by Samantha Tomszczyk / 07 Apr 2011 14:40

The launch this morning of the Independent Network’s local election campaign couldn’t have been more different from Labour’s last week. The Network, which promotes and supports independent candidates and non-party politicians, were not interested in lambasting its political opponents. And, not being a political party, there were no policies to promote.

It was refreshing in its a-typical style. There was substance too, with Director of the Independent Network Brian Ahearne introducing a popular

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