LibLink: Our new President/Co-leader on the surprising number of elections coming up in May

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Over on his blog, Mark Pack, our new party President and co-leader, gives us a timely warning about the magnitude of voting opportunities this May:

This year’s round of local council elections are only in England and are the smallest round of that cycle of elections. Which may make you think that it’s a small set of elections and one in which many or even most parts of the country will not be voting.

But…

Add in also the Police and Crime Commissioner elections across England and Wales, the London Mayor and Assembly elections and seven different Mayor elections.

That gets you to elections across all of England and Wales, with only Scotland election-free (save for any council by-elections).

It may be a small round of elections from the point of view of numbers of councillors. But it’s a huge round of elections from the point of view of how many people have the chance to vote, how many local parties have elections taking place in their patch, and how many chances there are to get members and supporters out campaigning for the party.

It also makes these elections an important opportunity to follow up on December’s general election.

May is an important opportunity to strengthen the local government base in many seats where we increased our vote share in December.

It’s a renewed opportunity to rebuild in seats where we were squeezed or didn’t stand.

You can read the full article on Mark’s blog here.

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4 Comments

  • nigel hunter 16th Jan '20 - 10:30am

    You can rest assured that there will be a need for door knocking to sell (market) the parties policies our beliefs and get ready for the next big round of elections and GE. NOW is the time to build up our community support AND therefore build up for future battles

  • Paul Barker 16th Jan '20 - 4:05pm

    We should be prepared for only small gains or even losses in this round of local Elections. While we are up one or two percent on last May, The Tories (Our main opponents) are currently up by Fifteen Percent. The Tory Honeymoon wont last for ever of course but it will probably last the next four Months.

  • Graham Jeffs 16th Jan '20 - 9:20pm

    David Blake – there are County Council elections next year at the very least. Other local elections depend on the pattern applying to particular authorities.

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