Elections

  • LGA axes conference due to election clash

    24 May 2024

    The Local Government Association has officially cancelled its annual conference after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the General Election that clashed with the event.


  • General Election brings raft of reforms

    23 May 2024

    Elections officers face a raft of reforms to implement as voters nationwide prepare to go to the polls in July.


  • Government relents over broadening forms of voter ID

    07 May 2024

    Complaints were raised by ex-servicemen who were turned away at polling stations after attempting to produce veteran cards as proof of ID.


  • Re-elected Burnham calls for Right to Buy suspension powers

    07 May 2024

    Greater Manchester’s re-elected mayor has called for powers to suspend Right to Buy on new homes under plans to build 10,000 houses across the region.


  • Sweet oblivion

    07 May 2024

    The election results should give greater purchase for pushing through Rachel Reeves' take on industrial strategy and addressing the continued national productivity failure, says Jonathan Werran.


  • Gove could launch police inquiry for Birmingham

    01 May 2024

    Reports the levelling up secretary could send a police chief in to investigate financial mismanagement in Birmingham City Council have resurfaced on the eve of local elections.


  • Vote warning

    01 May 2024

    Elections officers have warned of the impact of changes to postal vote rules as polls open across England and Wales today.


  • What next for unitarisation?

    30 April 2024

    Ahead of the Mayoral elections, Steve Leach and Colin Copus ask if the proliferation of combined authorities has snookered the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ unitary authorities policy.


  • Driving positive outcomes must be top of metro mayors' agenda

    26 April 2024

    Improving outcomes for communities is at the heart of successful devolution and metro mayors must put in place a plan to achieve this from day one, says Kerry Scott.


  • Whiteman criticises lack of prevention focus in productivity demands

    23 April 2024

    Some ministerial productivity demands are ‘populist nonsense’ more likely to appear in election campaigns than ‘plug material gaps’ in council finances, an expert has warned.


  • 4 wheel drive woman on... voting

    16 April 2024

    Gosh, aren’t elections complicated? I thought you just had to pop up to the polling station and stick a cross in the box and be done with it.


  • Today’s choices, tomorrow’s impact

    16 April 2024

    May’s elections will be extremely consequential for the local government sector, and the impact of voters’ choices should be examined not just as a straw in the wind for the General Election, says Simon Kaye.


  • Rayner to be investigated by police after electoral law accusations

    15 April 2024

    Police have launched an investigation into whether Labour’s shadow local government secretary Angela Rayner broke electoral law a decade ago after Tory allegations.


  • Why mayors matter

    08 April 2024

    Polling shows the public wants more local control over policy decisions, and directly-elected mayors give them the chance to put place over politics, says Paul Swinney.


  • Battle lines drawn for local elections

    03 April 2024

    Rows over levelling up have dominated the opening clashes as campaigning kicked off for next month’s local elections.


  • Council chiefs receive cyber espionage warnings

    03 April 2024

    Council chiefs have been warned their email accounts, phones and computers will ‘almost certainly’ be targets for ‘cyber espionage operations’ before local and national elections.


  • Parties draw battlelines for local elections

    28 March 2024

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has given a speech in Dudley today following campaign launches by the Conservatives and Lib Dems.


  • Elections on cyber alert

    26 March 2024

    Ministers have warned this year’s local and national elections are 'not business as usual’ – as councils prepare to tackle technological and geopolitical threats to voting security.


  • 'Victorian era' electoral registration failing voters, MPs warn

    21 March 2024

    The electoral registration system is ‘neither effective nor efficient’ and is disenfranchising millions, MPs have warned.


  • Better food policies for councils’ menus

    27 February 2024

    Ahead of the local elections in May, and in the context of a council funding crisis, Sofia Parente looks at the levers candidates can use to ensure better food policies are priorities.