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Sun, sea, sand and local government

5 Jul 2019

This sun was blazing, the sand was golden and the sea was blue in beautiful Bournemouth for this year’s LGA conference. But there was a clear divide between busy, lanyarded, suited and booted conference delegates and happy holiday makers. There was a mood of urgency and a clear sense that local government is on the […]


Memo for the new PM…let local government deliver

25 Jun 2019

And then there were two…. After a dramatic week last week (followed by a tumultuous weekend) we now know which of two men will become Prime Minister at the end of July. This is about as close as things get to certainty in British politics right now, writes Jonathan Carr-West.


The basic laws of political physics

13 Jun 2019

One of the features of contemporary politics is the speed with which things move, writes Jonathan Carr West. And amidst all the drama and uncertainty it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. What is signal and what is noise?


LGiU Fortnightly 24th May: Andy Burnham Special

24 May 2019

This week’s podcast is an Andy Burnham special, featuring an exclusive interview with the Mayor of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, discussing the positive effects of devolution. Burnham gives his thoughts on a whole-place approach to reforming services, Whitehall’s top down approach and of course football. Plus we ask about homelessness in light of our […]


LGiU Fortnightly 10th May: Independents’ Day

10 May 2019

On this week’s podcast, we reflect on what messages can be drawn from the surprising outcome of last week’s elections. Is it all about bins not Brexit, or are there more complex layers to these elections? We contemplate the increased Lib Dem and Independent vote, and speak to Cllr Steve Bridger, who was elected on […]


Local elections live coverage

2 May 2019

Local elections 2019 as they happened LIVE – we covered the results from before the polls opened until the last result was declared. Want to know more about local government and how it’s run? Check out our facts and figures page . See our final press statement on the results here. Tweet us @LGiU to […]


Who runs the Councils in No Overall Control?

2 May 2019

Before the  local elections on 2 May over 30 councils are in “No Overall Control”.  After the results were in there was much more grey on the map. LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler looks at what that means in practice.  Council control maps show red for Labour run councils, yellow for Liberal Democrat, Blue for Conservatives and […]


What do district councils do?

2 May 2019

Today 168 district councils hold elections for councillors, about a quarter of them are electing by thirds, so most of them are ‘all out’.  What do district councils do and why are these elections so important?  Matthew Hamilton, Director of the District Councils Network tells us more. District councils England’s district councils are the closest and most accountable […]


LGiU Fortnightly LE2019 Special – Dispatches from the frontline of democracy

1 May 2019

Councillor candidate hopefuls up and down the country are out in force this week, as Thursday’s ballot looms. We speak to those people at the frontline of our local democracy – whether running for the first time, veteran campaigners, standing down or switching party – and to the Association of Electoral Administrators about the officers […]


Viewpoint: The verdict awaits

1 May 2019

In an era of peak unpredictability, tomorrow’s local elections offer a limited snapshot of the state of political opinion in the UK, writes Andrew Hawkins.