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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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‘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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Scottish election 2016: Mid-Scotland and Fife preview

04 May 2016 | Elections

The Kingdom of Fife is one of the few of Scotland’s regions which has returned a variety of different parties in elections both to Westminster and Holyrood. Here, Juliet Swann offers an overview of electoral fortunes since 1999 and details the 2016 contests. She writes that while a strong performance from the SNP is inevitable, the regional lists could see a variety of other parties secure seats in Holyrood.

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Scottish election 2016: The end of Labour’s fortress in Glasgow?

03 May 2016 | Elections

Glasgow, sitting within ‘Red Clydeside’, has long been a Labour citadel, with the party historically weighing rather than counting the vote, such was their dominance. But elections in 2007 and 2010 showed that the City is nowadays willing to look elsewhere politically, with the independence referendum of 2014 accelerating the shift in support from Labour to SNP. Here, Murray Leith looks at the contests, and argues that Glasgow’s days as a Labour fortress are coming to an end.

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Scottish election 2016: Highlands and Islands preview

30 April 2016 | Elections

Juliet Swann looks at the electoral history of the Highlands and Islands constituency, and picks out the key contests in the election on Thursday 5 May.

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Scottish election 2016: Central Scotland preview

29 April 2016 | Elections

The Scottish Parliament elections take place early next month, with the SNP expected to solidify their dominance in the post-referendum Scotland. The Central Scotland region has long been a Labour stronghold with the party’s legendary and revered first leader Keir Hardie from the area. Judith Sijstermans previews the contests, and suggests that this election may represent the ‘last beats’ of the Labour ‘heartland’.

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What turnout can we expect in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

27 April 2016 | Elections

Dr Kenneth Bunker of the Democratic Dashboard looks at what we might expect turnout to be in the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales elections in May.

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More female candidates in 2016 is positive, but not the full story

26 April 2016 | Elections

Democratic Dashboard launches its "Gender and the 2016 Elections" Data Briefing today, looking at the prospects for gender balance in the Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and London elections in May.

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Scottish election 2016: South Scotland preview

26 April 2016 | Elections

The Scottish Parliament elections are upon us, with the SNP expected to consolidate their current dominance over Labour and the Conservatives. Here, Alistair Clark looks at the contest in the South Scotland region, an area which has had a recent history of four party politics but may be seeing its political profile shift.

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Scottish election 2016: Lothian preview

25 April 2016 | Elections

Lothian can be seen as Holyrood's heartbeat. Here, Juliet Swann looks at the key contests in the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May.

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Scottish election 2016: North East Region preview

19 April 2016 | Elections

The Scottish Assembly elections are in the spotlight of UK politics. Here, Dr Iain MacLeod and Dr Graeme Baxter of Robert Gordon University take an in-depth look at the constituencies in the North East region of Scotland.

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Scotland remains a psephologist’s delight

14 April 2016 | Elections

The Scottish Parliamentary elections are in May. Here, Sean Swan casts a critical eye over the psephology of the contest and the implications for each of the main parties.

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What do the latest polls tell us about the elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

12 April 2016 | Elections

Dr Kenneth Bunker, from the LSE, looks at recent polls in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and assesses their significance for the elections in May.

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The upcoming elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

01 April 2016 | Elections

Dr Kenneth Bunker, from the Democratic Dashboard team, examines recent results in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and looks ahead to the elections in May.

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