Stoke-on-Trent and Copeland: crucibles of the new political landscape

23 February 2017 | Elections

Voters in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central go to the polls today to choose new MPs. Jack Bridgewater explains why these by-elections represent a major electoral challenge for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership, and perhaps an early indication of the extent to which the aftermath of the EU referendum is reshaping party politics in the UK.

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Nationalist parties face new challenges after the ‘Super Thursday’ elections

18 May 2016 | Elections

The various nationalist parties experienced mixed fortunes in the elections on 5 May, and all are now operating in a different political climate. Dr Kenneth Bunker assesses what challenges lie ahead for the different parties.

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‘Super Thursday’ showed us that British politics has changed for good

17 May 2016 | Elections

May’s elections highlighted the persistence of multi-party politics, the growing distinctiveness of the devolved nations and the diversity of electoral systems. Katie Ghose argues these longer term trends deserve greater attention given the implications they have for the future shape of the UK.

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Improvements in turnout and more partisan voting: PCC Elections 2016

13 May 2016 | Elections

The first Police and Crime Commissioner elections in 2012 are infamous for their abysmally low turnout and the second batch last week thankfully saw some improvement. In this post, Andrew Defty looks at the variation in turnout across the 40 PCC elections to consider the impact of embedding the elections in the electoral cycle, and how this may have resulted in a decline of independent PCCs

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Recovery in the polls: Predicting the London Mayor election result

12 May 2016 | Elections

The reputation of election polling took a battering after failing to predict the 2015 General Election result. Dr Kenneth Bunker looks at how polls fared in the London Mayor election, and what the long-term prospects for election polling are.

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‘Super Thursday’ tells us a lot about voter participation in the UK

10 May 2016 | Elections

Thursday 5 May saw a host of elections happening around the UK, on an unprecedented scale outside of a General Election. Democratic Dashboard's Carl Cullinane looks at what the election campaign tells us about the state of voter participation in the UK.

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Is there hope for electoral reform in the United Kingdom?

05 May 2016 | Elections

With elections across the UK today using a range of alternative electoral systems to First Past The Post, Dr Kenneth Bunker assesses the opportunity for future electoral reform.

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Your guide to using your two choices in the London Mayor and Police Commissioner elections well

05 May 2016 | Elections

British voters are used to having just one vote. But on 5 May this year a record number of voters in England and Wales will be using a two–vote electoral system to choose the London Mayor and Police Commissioners across the country, many for the first time. Wherever you stand politically, Professor Patrick Dunleavy explains how to use both your votes to get more of what you want.

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Police and Crime Commissioners: The forgotten elections

03 May 2016 | Elections

On May 5, England and Wales will elect police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for the second time, though you may not know about them. Dr Kenneth Bunker looks at what are these elections about, who is in the race, and who might be the winners and losers.

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London 2016: What factors will decide who becomes the new mayor?

29 April 2016 | Elections

In advance of the 5 May elections for the office of London Mayor and the London Assembly, Tony Travers and Martin Rogers analyse the issues which may influence the outcome, how demographic change may affect the result and which Assembly constituencies may change hands.

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England’s 2016 local elections: What are the key contests for each party?

07 April 2016 | Elections

England goes to the polls on 5 May to vote in a variety of elections. Tony Travers and Martin Rogers highlight a number of key contests for each party.

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