Windrush row could swing key council votes
Whitehall’s mistreatment of the Windrush generation could swing key council votes in areas with large immigrant populations, senior politicians have warned.
Government orders councils to cease fortnightly publications
The Government has directed Hackney and Waltham Forest LBCs to cease publication of their fortnightly newspapers and publish no more than quarterly.
Top team support demand rising
Demand for top team support has been increasing and is expected to rise further after next month’s local government elections, The MJ has learned.
Javid gives full backing to Somerset merger
A new council following the merger of West Somerset DC and Taunton Deane BC could be established by April 2019 after Government backed the move.
Youth vote is not the answer
Claire Fox argues that extending the vote to 16-year-olds is a distraction from the failure to enthuse 18-plus adults to vote.
Voter ID plans 'totally unnecessary'
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!
Diary welcomes the news that The Gambia has re-joined the Commonwealth after almost five years outside the institution.
Simmonds could face challenge from county leader
Smith Square’s Conservative group leader, Cllr David Simmonds, is facing a potential leadership challenge from a county council leader, The MJ understands.
Tower Hamlets: We're ready for elections
Tower Hamlets LBC is ready for the upcoming mayoral and local elections but chief executive Will Tuckley said he could not promise they will go ahead without any ‘incident’.
Gwynne aims to find compromise over Haringey deal
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne to lead mediation in a dispute over Haringey LBC’s regeneration programme.
Voting system could become the silent assassin of chief executives
Paul Wheeler explains how a voting system that is becoming increasingly dangerous for returning officers is set to get even worse.
Commercialisation expert to replace Lockwood
Harrow LBC’s corporate director of resources, Tom Whiting, has been promoted to interim chief executive.
Chief executive suspended after elections review
Newcastle-under-Lyme BC has suspended its chief executive and monitoring officer after an independent review into problems faced by voters at the General Election.
Council urged to maintain savings momentum
Auditors have urged East Dunbartonshire Council to maintain momentum as it tries to save the £28m it needs to over three years.
Eight out of ten people think elections are well run
Eight out of ten people believe elections are well run and free from fraud, according to research by the Electoral Commission.
Barnet's former chief executive to join Lambeth as interim chief
Lambeth LBC is due to finalise the appointment of Barnet LBC’s former chief executive, who stepped down over an electoral blunder last year, in an interim capacity next week.
The Uber decision could hit Labour’s 2018 London borough election hopes
TfL's decision not to renew Uber's licence, backed by the capital's Labour mayor, could have an impact on the London borough elections next year, argues Michael Burton.
Five authorities to demand voter ID
Voters across five local authority areas will be required to show ID before they can participate in next year’s council elections, the Cabinet Office has revealed.
The IPPR think-tank has just released a report highlighting the lack of women in combined authorities. And Diary is fully aware of how far local government has to travel to reach equality.
Men dominate top roles at authorities
Female chief executives are outnumbered two to one even though women make up 78% of the local government workforce in England, new research has revealed.