No Dramas: The Local Elections That Suited The Tories Just Fine

Let’s start with the easy bit: UKIP was definitely the biggest loser on the night. Through a combination of not defending some seats and being soundly beaten in others, the party ended up with an overall loss of over 120 councillors. Safe to say, that dog has had its day. Then it gets harder. Labour promised us so much in the weeks leading up to … Continue reading No Dramas: The Local Elections That Suited The Tories Just Fine

The canary in the mine

Local elections are often the canary in the mine for British politics. Trends which play out nationally become visible earlier on in the smaller scale contests which take place in districts and counties. We’ll be considering the results of yesterday’s metro mayor contests in more detail elsewhere, but there are some broader trends already visible from the county council elections which took place at the … Continue reading The canary in the mine

Welsh local elections: five things to watch out for

It’s almost that time of year again: election season. For our clients, this can be important. Long-term relationships can be lost overnight and a new set of stakeholders with different ideas introduced. It’s critical that business looks ahead to assess who may be winners and losers in May. Last year’s devolved elections in Wales saw all three major parties lose out to Plaid Cymru and … Continue reading Welsh local elections: five things to watch out for

Richmond Park by-election: Lib Dems are back – Zac’s cracked

By-elections are usually only of interest to political commentators and obsessives, but this morning’s news that Zac Goldsmith has lost his seat to the Liberal Democrats feels particularly dramatic. This has been made all the more newsworthy by the fact the Lib Dem candidate, Sarah Olney, has been successful in running an anti-Brexit campaign to defeat the pro-Brexit sitting MP. Goldsmith, who resigned as a … Continue reading Richmond Park by-election: Lib Dems are back – Zac’s cracked