What the 2013 local elections mean – for the Lib Dems and the next election (and beyond)

by Stephen Tall on May 3, 2013

Well, it could have been worse. The BBC calculates that the Lib Dems have finished these local elections with the loss of a net 124 councillors, slightly better than the projected loss of 130 according to the Rallings and Thrasher model I said the results could best be judged by. The Tories have done slightly […]

Today’s Link-Love: May 3, 2013

by Stephen Tall on May 3, 2013

Here’s today’s hand-picked selection that caught my interest… Local elections: seven early thoughts on what they mean Typically perceptive @RafaelBehr piece > Local elections: seven early thoughts on what they mean http://bit.ly/13Ri6ow Local elections 2013: Summary of overnight Council results (…)

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South Shields by-election: Labour hold solid, Ukip surge, Tories fall and Lib Dems… plummet to 7th. Ouch.

by Stephen Tall on May 3, 2013

The South Shields by-election — triggered by David Miliband’s exit from British political life — has resulted in a solid hold for Labour, which polled just over half the vote, only fractionally down on its 2010 position. But it’s Ukip which has most to celebrate: in a seat they haven’t contested since 2001, they stormed […]