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….

Latest developments in pensions industry

By Gareth Jones In the past month, as things open up and the economic recovery takes hold, there has been renewed focus on how younger people engage with their pension savings. This issue has  been the subject of discussion by media and industry commentators and was underlined by the stock market debut of PensionBee, the…

Stress Awareness month: Keeping up the good work for the rest of the year

By Vanessa Chance April was Stress Awareness month and although we’re in May, obviously stress is with us all through the year. SEC Newgate’s Mental Health First Aiders share their top tips for managing stress. Multiple studies have shown that practising mindfulness can help alleviate stress both in the moment and over the long-term. A…

The Night Before the Elections: A Visit from Nic

By Beth Park Twas the night before the elections, and all through the UK, politicians are stirring, ahead of E-Day… With less than 24 hours to go until voters up and down the country take to the polls, the atmosphere though tense is notably more muted than normal. Coronavirus restrictions mean the usual handshakes, hugs…

Move over sofa, I am going to the Cinema

By Clotilde Gros I cannot remember the last time I went to a cinema, but I do miss it. For many people, the need to go to the cinema is directly associated with the need to escape, and escapism is what we all need right now – hitting the pause button, phones off, feeling completely…

You Get What You Vote For

By Perry Miller The average turnout in English council elections is a derisory 35%. Hold a general election on the same day and you can push that up to 65%. The glamour of national politics still holds its grip on our imagination. I’ve never really understood this: when it comes to impact on our daily…

Meet the developer: your local council

By Scott Harker A local authority acquires land, proposes to build over 2,000 homes on it, submits a planning application, processes that same application before approving it at its own planning committee. Doesn’t sound like a recipe for transparency, does it? Last week saw the first reading in Parliament of a Bill that could put…

Hartlepool, Labour hopes left hanging?

By Christine Quigley This morning, armchair psephologists across the nation woke to a shock Survation poll predicting a 17-point lead for the Conservative candidate in Thursday’s Hartlepool by-election. While the limited sample size and the challenges of accurate constituency-level polling are being dissected over social media, the poll itself will have worried both Labour and…