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LocalGov elections: Being vigilant ahead of the local elections


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


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


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

Voter ID legal challenge launched


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

Alarm sounded on cyber threat to local elections


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

Minister shrugs off election concerns


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Powers warning ahead of new deals


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


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


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

Employers branded a 'disgrace' over council pay delay


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


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

Call for ‘urgent clarity’ on elections


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

Proportional votes to come to Wales


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


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'


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


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


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'


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


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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