Archive for Local elections 2009
Here’s the proportion of local election candidates of the three main parties who were female over the last twenty-five years. As you can see, proportions for all three parties grew in the late ’80s and since then have stalled (Lib Dems, Conservatives) or only crept up (Labour), all remaining under 40%. The dips every four years [...]
Figures revealing which party’s candidates were most likely to do leafleting, canvassing, internet campaigning and a set of other activities have just been published by the Electoral Commission. The Commission carried out a survey of local election candidates from the June 2009 campaign and found: Conservative candidates were most likely to have produced a campaign leaflet (98% [...]
The first big electoral news is good for the Liberal Democrats: four gains from Labour in Bristol have given the LibDems overall control of the council. Labour won just 2 wards out of 23 on the night, compared with 10 out of 24 in 2007.
From AboutMyArea: Taunton Conservative Candidate Forced To Apologise For Slurs Following Police Investigation The Somerset County Council election took a step into the gutter today when Conservative candidate in West Taunton, Nick James, was forced to issue a public apology for personal attacks on his Lib Dem opponent, Alan Paul, and non-political officers of the Council. The [...]
Things are indeed achanging in the Guardian Media Group. Sunday say The Observer unequivocally urge its readers to vote Liberal Democrat for the first time. And now Polly Toynbee is urging a vote for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections and in many local elections too: Throw out bad councils, and vote for Lib Dems [...]
Another tail of postal voting trouble; this time from West Sussex. In the Henfield ward ballot papers were printed and sent out to postal voters with the UKIP logo next to the Liberal Democrat candidate and with the Liberal Democrat logo against the Labour candidate. Corrected ballot papers have now been sent out. UPDATE: Things also [...]
From today’s leader: Nick Clegg is the most instinctively European leader at Westminster. That is currently a lonely position, but the Lib Dems have a decent record of taking minority stands that are later vindicated. On the environment, on civil liberties and on the mounting debt bubble, the Lib Dems were quietly but consistently ahead of [...]
All things considered, not the wisest of choices by the new Wiltshire Council to send out examples of how to complete your ballot paper which show someone voting Conservative: A particularly odd decision given how common instructions are which show dummy party and candidate names.
Spotted in Brentwood, where David Kendall is standing for the Liberal Democrats in the local elections. One of his leaflets has stuck on a resident’s door with “I’m voting for you Davey baby” and “Get these idiots out” written on it. On the door next to it, a piece of paper which says: I’d rather remove my nipples [...]