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Seven things you need to know about the local elections

Blink and you’ll miss the coverage, but local elections are happening on Thursday 3 May in England.  A lot has changed since these seats were last contested, in 2014. We had the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition government,...

Posted 16 Apr 2018

May 3rd 2018

A chance to do Welsh local elections differently

While the Wales Act’s passing earlier this year didn’t come without its challenges, the legislation does mean that a range of new powers will soon be devolved to Wales, including those over elections. This ultimately...

Posted 11 Oct 2017

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Democracy, Diversity and English Devolution

The excitement of the general election aside, it’s important to remember that there are other important elections coming up – ones that have gone largely under the national radar. As well as important local elections...

Posted 19 Apr 2017

Local democracy in Scotland needs all of us

Here’s a fact for you: a quarter of Scots in a recent BMG poll for the ERS said they would rather finish the ironing than go and vote in a council election.  While our commitment to neat...

Posted 12 Dec 2016

Our Democracy

How to give the London Assembly the clout it needs

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016, and to mark it, we’ve been running a series of articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. Today, Martin Hoscik, Editor of MayorWatch, gives his view on...

Posted 14 Oct 2016

Time to beef up the London Assembly?

It’s fair to say that the London Assembly doesn’t get a great deal of attention – despite having a strong claim to being the hub of devolved politics in England. So for European Local Democracy Week we thought...

Posted 14 Oct 2016

PR across the pond: the push for fair votes in the US

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016, and to mark it, we’re running a series of discussion articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. Yesterday we published our first piece in the series,...

Posted 11 Oct 2016

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