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HOTSEAT: Tony Travers discusses the 2018 Local Elections

What did the 2018 Local Elections tell us about the current landscape of British Politics? Professor Tony Travers gives us his analysis.

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    What could the 2018 Local Elections tell us about the national and local political landscape?

What could the 2018 Local Elections tell us about the national and local political landscape?

Professor Tony Travers takes an in depth look at the various 2018 local election contests and argues that whilst local elections are often seen as barometer for the national political mood, local issues are also important and persuasive factors in how people vote.

Local elections in many countries are used as a ‘real world’ test of public opinion in the […]

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    England’s local elections 2018: bridging the information gap with the Democratic Dashboard

England’s local elections 2018: bridging the information gap with the Democratic Dashboard

On 3 May, voters across England have the chance to vote in elections to their local councils. The Democratic Dashboard is Democratic Audit’s voter resource, which brings together an array of information on the local elections taking place. Our aim is to simplify the complicated world of local elections in the UK, and present the essential information in an effort […]

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    Will the ‘youthquake’ shake up the 2018 local elections?

Will the ‘youthquake’ shake up the 2018 local elections?

Youth engagement was heralded by some as a key factor in the 2017 UK general election result but what impact could it have in the 2018 local elections? Erica Belcher argues that this enthusiasm may not necessarily translate to the local level, but it’s more important than ever for young people to engage in local politics.

The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain

Dariha Choudhry reflects on our event with Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who discussed her new book ‘The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain’ at LSE on Thursday 8 March 2018.

Churchill or Britain’s Christian Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Obama or America’s first African origin President Barack Obama, Baroness Warsi or Britain’s first Muslim woman to serve in the British cabinet? […]

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    The winds of history: an unforgettable visit to the Parliament

The winds of history: an unforgettable visit to the Parliament

MSc student Vitor Xavier reflects on the MSc programme tours of the Houses of Parliament, which took place in November and December 2017.

As a child, I read the classic One hundred days between the sky and the Sea [Cem dias entre Céu e Mar], from the Brazilian writer and explorer Amyr Klink. The book is an adaptation of the […]

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    Delivering winning Election Night coverage: LSE students assist with ITV GE2017 programme

Delivering winning Election Night coverage: LSE students assist with ITV GE2017 programme

25 of our undergraduate students assisted ITV with their General Election 2017 programme, which aired from Thursday 8 June until the early hours of Friday 9 June 2017. The work required involved taking calls from constituencies and logging the election results on a database, which were then subsequently broadcast live on television.

BSc student Naomi Potter details her experience working […]

Does fortune favour the vague in election campaigns?

Navin Kartik, Richard Van Weelden, and Stephane Wolton argue that vagueness on the campaign trail can lead to better governance as it gives the election winner flexibility to adapt policy to changing circumstances. However, electorally advantaged candidates are almost always more ambiguous than their opponents and over-ambiguous from the voters’ perspective.

Vagueness vs Clarity

It is all too easy to find […]

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    Will Labour’s ‘six tests’ hold the government to account on the UK’s Brexit deal?

Will Labour’s ‘six tests’ hold the government to account on the UK’s Brexit deal?

With Article 50 triggered, Kate Alexander Shaw analyses the Labour Party’s ‘six tests for Brexit’, arguing that they may let the government off the hook rather than holding them to account over the UK’s final EU deal.

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    ‘Distinctive, dynamic, illuminating and challenging’ : Emma Jones-Phillipson on her Parliamentary Internship

‘Distinctive, dynamic, illuminating and challenging’ : Emma Jones-Phillipson on her Parliamentary Internship

MSc student Emma Jones-Phillipson is currently a Parliamentary Intern for Baroness Shas Sheehan and provides us with an insight into her experience working in the House of Lords.

My interview for my internship was one of the most intimidating experiences of my time in London (so far). This was not due to a severe interviewer or an intense line of questioning […]