Elections

  • Missed savings could lead to overspend

    08 October 2018

    Kingston upon Thames LBC is expected to overspend by £4m this year after finding a third of planned savings may not be delivered on time.


  • Calls to abandon 'costly, undemocratic' voter ID trials

    11 September 2018

    Introducing voter ID requirements in elections is the wrong solution for the wrong issue, a report published today has argued.


  • Lords clash over voter ID trials

    07 September 2018

    The House of Lords joined the debate over voter ID trials this week, amid claims local government elections are being targeted by fraudsters.


  • Voter ID rollout could cost £20m

    14 August 2018

    Calls to halt trials of voter ID have been renewed after Cabinet Office documents showed it could cost £20m to roll out.


  • Voter ID in perspective

    04 July 2018

    Jo Miller, in her role as a returning officer, argues that Voter ID is a very expensive way to tackle a problem that is not a top priority in the UK.


  • Jamieson beats Simmonds to top Tory role

    29 June 2018

    Central Bedfordshire Council leader James Jamieson has been elected the new leader of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative Group.


  • John picked to head up London Councils

    05 June 2018

    London Councils has elected Southwark LBC leader, Cllr Peter John, as its new chair to replace former incumbent, Cllr Claire Kober.


  • Claire Kober: Relationships are the foundation of political leadership

    22 May 2018

    The goodwill and energy of partners from across the spectrum and that of the council’s managerial leadership are critical to success, writes Claire Kober.


  • Forget voter ID, let’s boost turnout

    09 May 2018

    A week on from the local elections and everything remains remarkably unchanged. Despite predictions of shocking defeats and electoral upheavals, the reality was a rather lacklustre performance by Labour and the Conservatives, with the Lib Dems the only party with much to celebrate.


  • Local elections: a snapshot of public opinion?

    08 May 2018

    Paul Wheeler breaks down the local election results.


  • Jarvis takes Sheffield metro mayor role

    04 May 2018

    Labour MP Dan Jarvis has been elected as the first mayor of the Sheffield City Region – but ministers will be discouraged by the low turnout for such a historic poll.


  • Voter ID pilots faced teething troubles

    04 May 2018

    Early responses to voter ID pilots across five areas of England suggest councils encountered problems – including long queues to vote and people being turned away from polling stations.


  • Election results: Tories lose Trafford but hold in London

    04 May 2018

    The Conservative flagship authority in Greater Manchester, Trafford City Council, has been lost to no overall control in an election night which saw a mixed bag for the two main parties.


  • Gloucestershire leader blasts voter ID

    03 May 2018

    Gloucestershire County Council's Labour group leader has branded voter ID a ‘calculated effort to disenfranchise millions’.


  • Parties prepare to battle over 150 councils across the country

    02 May 2018

    Voters in England will take to the polls on 3 May, providing local government’s first major test of public opinion since last year’s snap General Election.


  • The voice of a new generation

    01 May 2018

    Samar Khalil looks at the debate that has divided many - votes at 16 - and outlines why this will be a positive move for the future.


  • Building trust in democracy

    01 May 2018

    With the local elections taking place today, Dr Jonathan Carr-West says: get the processes right and the results will follow, especially when seeking to ensure faith in the system of democracy


  • Housing and Brexit: a toxic mix for the Tories on 3 May

    17 April 2018

    Michael Burton asks whether local issues could help the Conservatives salvage some comfort from what could be a car crash election for them next month.


  • Voter ID plans 'totally unnecessary'

    02 March 2018

    The Government’s plans to make voter ID compulsory during the upcoming local elections are ‘over-bearing and totally unnecessary,’ the Electoral Reform Society has warned today.


  • Don't take a Gambia on voting!

    23 February 2018

    Diary welcomes the news that The Gambia has re-joined the Commonwealth after almost five years outside the institution.