Tony Travers

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    New electoral registration rules mean students are likely to be under-represented in the 2015 election

New electoral registration rules mean students are likely to be under-represented in the 2015 election

In this post, Jack Blumenau, Simon Hix, and Tony Travers argue that recent changes to the electoral registration process are likely to have significant consequences for the representation of students in the election in May.

Last week saw the release of the latest electoral registration data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).  This release is particularly notable, as it […]

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    Is Labour losing its capacity to take vote share from the Conservatives in London?

Is Labour losing its capacity to take vote share from the Conservatives in London?

Is Labour losing its capacity to take vote share from the Conservatives in London? In this post, Tony Travers compares the historic performance of the Labour party in the UK as a whole to its performance inside the capital.

For a number of years now, commentators have observed that London is, or is becoming, a ‘Labour city’. The party’s performance at the […]

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    The debate over Labour’s mansion tax reflects an increasingly federal political landscape

The debate over Labour’s mansion tax reflects an increasingly federal political landscape

When Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy observed last week that Scotland could fund 1000 additional nurses with its share of the British Labour Party’s mansion tax, Scottish Labour stressed that 95 per cent of the new revenue would come from the South East of England. In this post, Tony Travers discusses the implications of Labour’s internal division over the mansion […]

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    What do local election results tell us about parties’ prospects in 2015?

What do local election results tell us about parties’ prospects in 2015?

In this post, Tony Travers uses historical data from local elections to analyse the chances of a Labour party victory in 2015. Mirroring the general message from most current forecasting models, he finds that Labour are some way off the level that has been historically necessary for opposition parties to replace the government in UK elections.

The 2015 general election will […]

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    The Greater Manchester Agreement is only a small step towards greater devolution in England

The Greater Manchester Agreement is only a small step towards greater devolution in England

This week, George Osborne announced an agreement to devolve powers to the Greater Manchester area. Tony Travers reviews the agreement and finds that, while any devolution in a country as centralised as England is to be encouraged, the deal is modest and conditional in nature and suggestive of a long, laborious road to further devolution in England.

George Osborne’s decision to give Greater Manchester (GM) more powers is a […]

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    Declining support for the Conservatives in the North and Labour in the South means outright majorities will be less and less likely

Declining support for the Conservatives in the North and Labour in the South means outright majorities will be less and less likely

The Conservative and Labour parties have seen their combined share of the overall vote decline over the last several decades. This downward trend has been especially pronounced for Conservatives in Scotland and the urban North of England and Labour politicians in the South, making it harder for either party to win a general election outright. Unless the parties can […]

There is still much for British cities to understand about the operation of mayoral government systems

On Tuesday, New Yorkers will vote in primary elections to choose the Democratic and Republican candidates for the city’s directly elected mayoralty. Tony Travers writes that cities in Britain which also now have directly elected mayors, such as London, should watch the contest and its results with interest.  A version of this article was originally published on LSE’s USApp blog.  […]

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The LSE’s ‘Influential Academics’ project: How a number of the School’s personalities have contributed directly to political thought, government and policy-making

The LSE has a long history of influencing political thought and policy. The British Government at LSE has embarked on a project to showcase the numerous scholars, from Beatrice and Sidney Webb to Richard Layard, that have had an important impact on the state and society. In this article, Tony Travers provides an overview of the project’s purpose and progress. LSE academics have long […]

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