Local elections

  • Counting the costs of the EU Exit process

    15 May 2019

    When the dust settles on the UK's departure from the European Union there will surely be a formal public inquiry into how the government has handled the process, says Ian Miller


  • ‘A bereavement – with no funeral’

    08 May 2019

    Dame Jane Roberts says that while the abrupt end of a councillor’s role may be a significant loss, there are many ways to continue making a valuable contribution to society.


  • What should ex-councillors do next?

    08 May 2019

    John Tizard says those staring into the future after losing their council seats should take time to ‘recover and reflect’, and there will always be ways they can use their ‘experience, knowledge, networks and political antennae’


  • Rise of independents suggests localism is on the move

    08 May 2019

    Brexit, which has split the two main parties down the middle nationally, has clearly also extended its reach down to local level. If this breaks the national stranglehold over local elections this is a promising outcome, says Michael Burton.


  • Gateshead e-voting trial declared a success

    03 May 2019

    The tradition of dozens of volunteers gathering in town halls and leisure centres to count ballots until the crack of dawn and beyond could soon become a thing of the past.


  • Voter ID plans will impact ‘millions on the margins’

    02 May 2019

    Millions of people will be denied their right to vote if the Government presses ahead with its mandatory voter ID plans, according to a warning from campaigners.


  • The local is where the repairs begin

    30 April 2019

    The things these elections should really be about – homes, schools, high streets, care and children’s services - are being fatally undermined by dysfunctional national politics, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Devo choices should be open to all

    30 April 2019

    If Scotland can choose to raise income tax and invest in public services, why can’t Manchester or the West Midlands, asks Heather Jameson - and if devolution gives choices to parts of the UK, why not all of the devolved bodies?


  • Voter ID plans slammed as 'undemocratic'

    30 April 2019

    Mandatory voter ID requirements will seriously damage democracy, the Electoral Reform Society has warned again ahead of the local elections this week.


  • Candidates – don’t forget the local

    24 April 2019

    Voters in local elections are seeking tangible action on the ground, argues Bob Neill, and local candidates recognising this reality will be rewarded for it at the ballot box


  • Minister defends voter ID trials amid 'scaremongering'

    16 April 2019

    Concerns over voter ID trials have been dismissed as ‘scaremongering’ and ‘conspiracy theorising’ by a minister.


  • Labour to tighten control over Enfield group

    15 April 2019

    The Labour Party will tighten its control over the local Enfield group following a months-long investigation into internal party processes.


  • Start the democratic therapy process

    27 March 2019

    Local elections will be taking place against a Brexit backdrop - but Dr Jonathan Carr-West argues the problems created by democracy can only be solved by more democracy.


  • Government defends voter ID legal challenge

    25 March 2019

    A legal challenge to the Government’s voter ID trial has been rejected.


  • Certainty in the middle of so much uncertainty

    13 March 2019

    Selby DC is going into its election period in the context of an unprecedented level and variety of uncertainties, says Janet Waggott. But she believes this creates certainty about what local government needs to do despite the challenges.


  • Councils bring back joint chief executive role

    22 February 2019

    Two local authorities have reinstated the position of joint chief executive after sector peers said it would ‘drive the councils into the future’.


  • Voter ID pilot using poll cards worked in Watford

    21 February 2019

    Watford BC's voter ID pilot using poll cards with technology as proof of identity enhanced the elections and did not put electors off exercising their right to vote, says Gordon Amos.


  • Councils back out of voter ID trials

    18 February 2019

    Three councils have withdrawn from the Government’s controversial voter ID trials.


  • Rural councils should get the chance to influence voter ID rollout

    16 January 2019

    Voter ID pilots due to take place across 11 councils this year including Craven DC will help provide an insight into the best way to ensure the integrity of the voting process in the future, says Paul Shevlin


  • Voter ID pilots face legal challenge

    15 January 2019

    A formal legal challenge to the Government’s voter ID trials has been lodged at the High Court by lawyers representing campaigner Neil Coughlan.