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Countdown to The Other Election

April 28, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

While the pundits are busy covering the general election, we’re getting excited about the other election. So much so, that we’re live blogging the run up to the voting and the counting. We’re covering the local elections with the help of an army of count correspondents, and it’s not too…

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Help us cover the local elections

April 8, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

On 7 May, voters all over the country will tick the box next to the name of the person who will make decisions about their local parks, the education of their kids, how they get back and forth to work and the social care of their parents.  And there are general…

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Local elections 2014: The 5 key questions

May 1, 2014 by Jonathan Carr-West

With local elections almost upon us it’s hard not to be drawn into speculation about the results. Rather than offering predictive hostages to fortune, however, we think it’s more helpful to try and draw out some of the key questions into which these elections might give us insight   1)…

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Local elections 2014: Help us tell the story

April 23, 2014 by Lizzie Greenhalgh

The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2014 Local Elections on 22 May and throughout the counts the next day. Sign up to become a Count Correspondent and help us tell the story or register for our email alerts.

Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration

September 26, 2013

* The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill introduces a register of lobbyists, limits election campaign spending by third parties and regulates trade union membership * This briefing summarises the Bill’s key provisions, its critics’ main concerns and its progress through Parliament. * The Bill has…

Preparing the public for individual electoral registration

August 7, 2013

In recent weeks Electoral Registration Officers have been overwhelmed with regulations, guidance and advice in the lead-up to Individual Voter Registration. This briefing concentrates on preparing the public for the change. It is intended to familiarise elected members, and officers with corporate community and communications responsibilities, with the broad framework.



2013 local elections & the five key questions

April 24, 2013 by LGiU

There’s just a week to go until the 2013 local elections. May 2nd 2013 will see elections in all the county councils, plus seven unitary authorities and one Welsh unitary authority.   Interest in local elections tends to see them as a weather vane for future general election. They do…

Why social media will solve the problem of local voter apathy

August 20, 2012 by Rob Dale

As part of their Democracy Week, the Guardian’s Local Government Network asked me to write about how social media can and is impacting on local democracy. Below is a copy of their edited version. In this year’s local elections only one eligible voter in three participated. This was the worst…

End of day briefing. How the local government landscape has changed

May 4, 2012 by Rob Dale

The last 36 hours at the LGiU have been dominated by coverage of the local elections and mayoral elections. There are only a few more councils left to declare results. As things stand at 16:30, the scene across the country looks like this: Party Councils Councillors   Total +/- Total +/-…

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