Cock-up or conspiracy: the impact of the General Election

By Dr Jonathan Carr-West | 24 April 2017
  • Dr Jonathan Carr-West

Two elections in five weeks. For those who love their democracy and happen to live in a county council area, Doncaster and North Tyneside or within one of the 6 mayoral combined authority areas, then you are spoilt for choice. 

But what is the impact of the general election on the local vote? The fear is that a national poll weeks afterwards will turn the local elections into a proxy vote on party politics and Brexit. Voting for your local councillor is of course party political in most areas. But councillors, unlike MPs, cannot stand purely on party agendas. When knocking on doors people are more likely to ask why their bin hasn't been collected than their councillor's view on deficit reduction. 

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