Local elections

  • Eight out of ten people think elections are well run

    11 October 2017

    Eight out of ten people believe elections are well run and free from fraud, according to research by the Electoral Commission.

  • Barnet's former chief executive to join Lambeth as interim chief

    11 October 2017

    Lambeth LBC is due to finalise the appointment of Barnet LBC’s former chief executive, who stepped down over an electoral blunder last year, in an interim capacity next week.

  • The Uber decision could hit Labour’s 2018 London borough election hopes

    27 September 2017

    TfL's decision not to renew Uber's licence, backed by the capital's Labour mayor, could have an impact on the London borough elections next year, argues Michael Burton.

  • Five authorities to demand voter ID

    20 September 2017

    Voters across five local authority areas will be required to show ID before they can participate in next year’s council elections, the Cabinet Office has revealed.

  • Invisible women

    30 August 2017

    The IPPR think-tank has just released a report highlighting the lack of women in combined authorities. And Diary is fully aware of how far local government has to travel to reach equality.

  • Men dominate top roles at authorities

    19 July 2017

    Female chief executives are outnumbered two to one even though women make up 78% of the local government workforce in England, new research has revealed.

  • Wales considers PR for local elections

    18 July 2017

    Councils could be allowed to introduce proportional representation for local elections under new proposals unveiled by the Welsh Government.

  • Watering the seed of a stronger local democracy

    28 June 2017

    The recommendations in the Kirklees Democracy Commission could help shape how both local and national democracy could develop over the next decade, writes Carl Whistlecraft.

  • Quirky drinks

    21 June 2017

    It’s not often that you’ll catch Lewisham LBC chief and local government innovator Barry Quirk indulging in a bit of election fraud. But that’s just what the thirsty chief exec did last week when he visited a bar for a cheeky snifter.

  • The big opportunity for local government

    14 June 2017

    The Government is heavily exposed to backbench revolts – not just on Brexit but on public sector funding. Michael Burton reports on last week’s election, which could give local government the best opportunity to press home its case in decades.

  • Fuller and Saint in running to replace Clarke

    05 June 2017

    Two senior Conservatives have emerged as the front-runners to replace Cllr Neil Clarke as chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN).

  • Engaging with the electorate

    24 May 2017

    Bob Neill says Britain requires an ambitious, forward looking vision for adult social care, health and housing.

  • Rebooting the devolution agenda

    24 May 2017

    Sean Nolan looks at the results of the English mayoral elections and assesses what is next on the agenda.

  • Respecting the will of the people

    17 May 2017

    Misreading the newly-invigorated electorate has become far too common. The political debate has been reframed through the Brexit prism and the wishes of the people need to be respected, writes Claire Fox.

  • Labour is sick but it is not yet terminal

    17 May 2017

    Labour is like a very ill patient that refuses to die, but Ben Page predicts the party's demise is some way off.

  • Electoral administrators ‘close to quitting’ as they feel the strain

    17 May 2017

    Electoral administrators are under severe strain as they prepare for a snap General Election just a month after local and mayoral polls, The MJ has been told.

  • Where do we go from here?

    16 May 2017

    It’s time for the metro mayors lead the way, writes Gill Morris.

  • Sleigh appointed deputy mayor in West Midlands

    12 May 2017

    The deputy mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority has been appointed today.

  • White Van Man on ... the election results

    10 May 2017

    The nation has spoken, or rather yawned.

  • The winners and losers

    10 May 2017

    With the General Election looming in a matter of weeks Sam Clayden and Gerry Braiden assess the results of last week’s local elections, and in their aftermath, look at the current national landscapes of England and Scotland respectively.