Local elections: more than just a barometer for Rishi

Local elections do swing with national politics, but the full picture is far more nuanced, says Heather Jameson. 'More so now, as a gaping chasm opens up between the performance of the best and worst local authorities and mayors.'

We're now just a week from the local and mayoral elections – so prepare yourself for the barrage of media commentary about exactly what the results mean – not for local people, but for national politics.

Local elections are far more than just a popularity pageant for Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer. But, for the national media, dizzied by thoughts of the forthcoming General Election, the simplicity of a mistaken opinion poll beats the complexity of local circumstances when it comes to coverage.

Heather Jameson

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