A Tale of Two Constituencies

By Matilda Hartwig There are two by-elections taking place today in two very different constituencies – Tiverton & Honiton in Devon and Wakefield in Yorkshire – which are set to stress-test Boris Johnson, Sir Keir Starmer and Sir Edward Davey’s leadership. These elections will show whether national issues such as Partygate and the cost-of-living crisis,…

As voters head to the polls, is the party over?

By Phil Briscoe Local election polling day is here again and as electors cast their votes around the country, we can look back on a campaign dominated by one word. Not Ukraine, energy, prices, potholes, pavements, or even bins, but… parties. Not content with the prolific use of the word at elections as we discuss…

Choppy Waters for Conservatives in Essex Council Elections?

By Vincent Carroll-Battaglino At first glance, Essex local authorities look solid for the Conservatives, but the after 12 years in government, “Partygate” and the impacts of fuel price hikes, a relatively small protest vote in this part of the country could have significant impacts for local control. The main reason for this is that the…

The countdown is on – the day before the Local Elections

By Pearce Branigan & Vincent Carroll-Battaglino With just over 12 hours to go until local elections ensue in the UK, our local government specialists Pearce Branigan and Vincent Carroll-Battaglino give us their predictions on the ground from both a Conservative and Labour perspective on how next Thursday 5 May might pan out. The view from…

Local election briefing – Wales

By Robyn Evans Wales returns to the polls Just one year on from the Senedd election, voters in Wales will return to the polls this May to vote in all 22 local authorities. Unlike in England, all council seats in Wales are voted for in one go with a First Past the Post voting system….