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Local Elections 2019: the results

248 councils across England went to the polls yesterday, including many district councils, metropolitan districts and various unitary councils. LGiU live blogged the elections from start to finish – thanks to those who joined us on the live blog and on Twitter.  This briefing covers the net gains and losses across England by political party.…

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Local elections live coverage

Local elections 2019 as they happened LIVE – we covered the results from before the polls opened until the last result was declared. Want to know more about local government and how it’s run? Check out our facts and figures page . See our final press statement on the results here. Tweet us @LGiU to…

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Who runs the Councils in No Overall Control?

Before the  local elections on 2 May over 30 councils are in “No Overall Control”.  After the results were in there was much more grey on the map. LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler looks at what that means in practice.  Council control maps show red for Labour run councils, yellow for Liberal Democrat, Blue for Conservatives and…

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What do district councils do?

Today 168 district councils hold elections for councillors, about a quarter of them are electing by thirds, so most of them are ‘all out’.  What do district councils do and why are these elections so important?  Matthew Hamilton, Director of the District Councils Network tells us more.

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Excellence in Local Government Awards 16

Local authorities can now submit projects for consideration across sixteen different categories in what will be the sixteenth edition of the Excellence in Local Government Awards from Chambers Ireland. The awards are a great opportunity for local authorities across the country to profile nationally the often extraordinary yet also vital, constant work that happens across…

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LGiU Fortnightly LE2019 Special – Dispatches from the frontline of democracy

Councillor candidate hopefuls up and down the country are out in force this week, as Thursday’s ballot looms. We speak to those people at the frontline of our local democracy – whether running for the first time, veteran campaigners, standing down or switching party – and to the Association of Electoral Administrators about the officers…

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Viewpoint: The verdict awaits

In an era of peak unpredictability, tomorrow’s local elections offer a limited snapshot of the state of political opinion in the UK, writes Andrew Hawkins, Chairman of ComRes

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Local elections: The hot seats and the not seats

Voters can go to the polls in 248 council areas to choose 8,424 new councillors in 5,629 ward from 25,778 candidates on this Thursday 2 May*. Each person’s vote is meant to carry the same weight, but some voter’s choices will be a little bit choicer than others. In years like this one, where local…

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