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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.


Local elections: The hot seats and the not seats

29 Apr 2019

Voters can go to the polls in 248 council areas to choose 8,424 new councillors in 5,629 ward from 25,778 candidates on this Thursday 2 May*. Each person’s vote is meant to carry the same weight, but some voter’s choices will be a little bit choicer than others. In years like this one, where local […]


Sub national government: universal themes and local differences

25 Apr 2019

Taking part in the European Congress of Local Government earlier this month made me think about how local government across Europe shares so many themes and priorities, writes Janet Sillett. And also how it is different in every part of the continent – local government is local after all local and universal.


But you only work one day a year…

23 Apr 2019

Peter Stanyon is the Chief Executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators and a former electoral administrator. He highlights the additional frustrations of running two elections at once, one of which was not supposed to happen. Elections … don’t you just love them!  Well, that’s probably not a sentiment being uttered by returning officers and […]


Through the local elections maze

18 Apr 2019

LGiU's Alice Buszard has been gathering information about all the local elections taking place in England this year - and as she recounts here, it is not a simple task.