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LocalGov elections: Being vigilant ahead of the local elections

24/04/2024

Ahead of the local elections next month, Owen Prendeville, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), offers tips for protecting against cyber attacks.

Poll reveals low levels of trust in councillors

23/04/2024

Just over 40% of people in England trust their local councillors to work in the best interests of people in local areas, a new survey has revealed.

LocalGov Elections: Ones to watch in May

10/04/2024

Dr Greg Stride, Senior Researcher, Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) provides a primer for the upcoming local elections.

Voter ID legal challenge launched

19/02/2024

A legal challenge has been mounted against the Government over voter ID requirements for elections.

Alarm sounded on cyber threat to local elections

21/12/2023

Ministers have written to councils to warn of attempted foreign interference in next year’s elections.

Minister shrugs off election concerns

06/12/2023

Fears that pressures on elections officials will leave them overwhelmed at the next election have been dismissed by local government minister Simon Hoare.

Plea to delay online postal vote applications

09/10/2023

Launching online applications for postal and proxy votes later this month should be ‘urgently reconsidered,’ elections officers have said.

Sinn Fein becomes largest party of Northern Ireland local government

22/05/2023

Sinn Fein has become the largest party in Northern Ireland local government for the first time after securing 144 seats in the latest polls.

Northern Ireland branded 'inert' as councils go to polls

18/05/2023

With Northern Ireland's local elections today the region has been branded ‘uncompetitive’ and in need of localised public services due to Stormont stalemate.

One in 100 turned away due to voter ID

16/05/2023

One in 100 were unable to vote up after turning up at polling stations without valid ID, election observers have estimated.

Big losses for Conservative councils

09/05/2023

The Conservatives have lost seats in the North, South and Midlands, with Labour and the Lib Dems scooping up victories.

Results point to big losses for Conservative councils

05/05/2023

Early results from the local elections point to big losses for the Conservatives, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats scooping up victories.

MPs raise concerns about accuracy of voter turnout data

27/04/2023

MPs have appealed for full information to be collected on the number of people turned away from local elections because they do not have the right ID.

Tories expect to lose 1,000 seats

17/04/2023

The Conservatives are braced to lose 1,000 council seats in next month’s local elections.

Council chiefs call for voter ID laws to be delayed

12/12/2022

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to delay the introduction of voter ID requirements until after the local elections in May.

Concern over elections timetable

07/11/2022

Campaigners and elections staff have raised concerns over the deliverability of voter ID at next year’s elections.

Scottish survey reveals strong commitment to local elections

01/11/2022

The vast majority of Scots believe it is important to vote in local council elections, a survey of social attitudes in Scotland has revealed.

Workload warning over voting pilots

11/10/2022

Proposals to introduce automatic voter registration in Wales could cause confusion and add to already heavy workloads, election officers have warned.

Conservatives lose nearly 500 seats in local elections

09/05/2022

The results are in for all 200 councils up for election, with the Conservatives losing 11 local authorities.

Conservatives hit hard in London as poll results roll in

06/05/2022

Labour has taken control of Westminster, Wandsworth and Barnet LBCs, in an election night that has hit the Conservatives hard.

Local elections could see Conservatives lose 500 seats

03/05/2022

The Conservatives look set to lose over 500 seats in the upcoming local elections, according to a recent poll.

Winner-takes-all system ‘splits’ progressive vote

03/05/2022

The progressive vote will be systematically ‘split’ in next week’s council elections because of the winner-takes-all electoral system, campaigners say.

Council chiefs warn of ‘increasing number’ of threats against councillors

03/05/2022

Council leaders have called for more action to be taken to ensure that councillors and candidates in local elections are not subjected to threats and abuse.

Gender equality campaigners in Wales warn of ‘glacial’ progress

25/04/2022

Councils have been urged to increase the number of women in local politics as campaigners warn Welsh local democracy won’t see gender equality until 2050.

Nearly 40% of electorate prioritising affordable housing in local elections

21/04/2022

Four in 10 Britons say affordable decent housing needs to be improved ahead of the local elections, a new poll reveals.

Council tax top priority in local elections

12/04/2022

The level of council tax is the top local election priority for Londoners, a recent survey has revealed.

Council chiefs warn of ‘public intimidation’ ahead of polls

22/03/2022

Local authority leaders have urged residents to engage in ‘positive, constructive debates’ during the build up to the local elections in May.

Councillors complain of lack of powers

07/03/2022

More than two out of three (68%) councillors in England feel they lack sufficient powers to represent the needs of their communities, a survey today by the Electoral Reform Society campaign group has found.

Nearly half of Scots back directly elected provosts

19/01/2022

A new poll has revealed strong support for directly elected provosts across Scotland.

Powers warning ahead of new deals

07/12/2021

A new report today warns areas reluctant to accept directly-elected leaders in the next wave of devolution deals may be offered ‘fewer powers and flexibilities’.

Johnson: Bring your devolution plans to me

15/07/2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for local leaders to take their devolution plans to him in a keynote speech from the West Midlands this morning.

Mayoral votes to use ‘outdated’ system

16/03/2021

The Government plans to switch to the first-past-the-post system to elect mayors.

Employers branded a 'disgrace' over council pay delay

26/02/2021

Council employers have been branded a ‘disgrace’ after they said they would not respond to a union pay claim until after the May 6 elections.

May elections to go ahead as council chiefs call for indemnity

21/01/2021

Local elections will go ahead on 6 May despite the ongoing pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ruled.

Call for ‘urgent clarity’ on elections

06/01/2021

Speculation over whether local elections will take place in May as scheduled has been labelled ‘unhelpful’ by councils.

Proportional votes to come to Wales

19/11/2020

Proportional voting will be introduced to Welsh council elections for the first time as the franchise is extended to 16- and 17-year olds and foreigners.

Mayor anticipates Covid-19 election disruption

20/07/2020

London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged voters in the capital to register for postal ballots ahead of next year’s elections to avoid disruption from the COVID-19 crisis.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Make local elections a "mini-referendum" on fair funding'

16/06/2020

The main parties at the Local Government Association could turn next year’s local elections into a ‘mini referendum on fair funding for all councils’, according to the director of the Political Skills Forum.

Government postpones council elections

13/03/2020

Local government elections due to take place on 7 May have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Queen's Speech 19: Voter ID requirement at elections to be rolled out

14/10/2019

The Queen’s Speech has set out the Government’s plans to require voters to show photographic ID at polling stations.

Voter ID plans slammed as 'undemocratic'

30/04/2019

Mandatory voter ID requirements will seriously damage democracy, the Electoral Reform Society has warned again ahead of the local elections this week.

Chief executive suspended after elections review

27/11/2017

Newcastle-under-Lyme BC has suspended its chief executive and monitoring officer after an independent review into problems faced by voters at the General Election.

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