Choo choo to Chesham (and Amersham by-election)

By Laura Griffiths Following the by-election in Hartlepool which saw a change of party, we now find ourselves with a by-election summer. With Chesham and Amersham taking place on 17 June and Batley and Spen still to be confirmed, Laura Griffiths takes a look at the candidates announced so far for Chesham and Amersham and…

WECA mayor begins to make his mark

By Drew Aspinwall Labour’s Dan Norris, who was declared as the victor in the West of England Mayoral election with the most first and second preference votes totalling 125,482, is beginning to make his presence felt. Before the election, a Centre for Cities survey revealed that whilst 66 per cent of voters were aware there…

Labour dishing out the medicine in Cambridgeshire

By Paddy Kent In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Labour’s Dr Nik Johnson pulled off a stunning victory. Asked for his reaction, he was honest – ‘I’m in shock’. Conservative candidate James Palmer was the incumbent elected in 2017, a factor known to bring considerable advantage. Last time, the Liberal Democrats had come second and Labour trailed…

Definitely Mayor (be)

By Vincent Carroll-Battaglino Residents of both Newham and Tower Hamlets have confirmed their existing mayoral governance structures. In Newham, the mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz, ended up on the winning side after a late conversion to the mayoral cause based on the governance review the council undertook. 56 per cent backed the mayoral system, and Fiaz’s job appears…

West Midlands Mayoralty: All roads lead to Street

By Pearce Branigan In an evening where the Conservatives fared badly across several combined authority areas in England at Labour’s expense, losing the West of England mayoralty to Dan Norris and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough mayoralty to Dr Nik Johnson, the West Midlands were retained by the incumbent mayor, Andy Street, proving himself as the West…

Brexit – gone but not forgotten!

By Phil Briscoe Election Results Expose Deep Brexit Scar As the fallout continues to unfold from the local elections last week, looking beneath the surface of the English council elections highlights a clear trend in the shifting political support base. Putting all of the other factors to one side, such as Kier Starmer, the pandemic…

Super Thursday is here – where are the seats to watch?

By Paddy Kent At last, Super Thursday has arrived! With so many different elections being held, it’s been hard to get to grips. Thousands of district and county seats are up. New unitaries (Buckinghamshire and two in Northamptonshire) will elect councillors for the first time. Cities like Liverpool and Bristol are electing both City Mayors…

Wallpaper, Flying Bricks and the Red Wall

By Phil Briscoe But what about the candidates? Since 7am this morning, millions of people across the country have had the opportunity to go out and vote in the biggest round of local elections we have seen for almost half a century.  Set against a political news backdrop that has focused on wallpaper, the future…

Experiences of a candidate

By Christine Quigley This time nine years ago, I was knocking on doors across west London, getting out the vote in the London Mayoral and London Assembly elections – for the first (and only) time as a candidate in these elections myself.  I stood for the Labour Party as a Londonwide candidate for the Assembly….