Local elections

No ‘Brexit backlash’, says internal Labour election analysis

9 May 2019 17:16

After a disappointing local election result for Labour last week, politicians were quick to blame the party’s Brexit ambiguity for…

Corbyn under pressure to change Brexit stance after disappointing Labour result

3 May 2019 8:25

It’s been a disappointing night for both main parties in the local elections. As predicted, the Conservatives have suffered serious…

How bad will the local elections be for the Tories?

26 April 2019 16:30

Next week, the Tories will face their first big electoral test since failing to deliver Brexit on time. On Thursday,…

Jeremy Corbyn had a bad night – but the Tories still have much to fear from the left

4 May 2018 11:38

It’s a bit mean to accuse the Tories of cynical expectations management, as Jeremy Corbyn has just done. Their panic…

Jeremy Corbyn attacks Tory local election spin

4 May 2018 11:01

If you want to know how last night was for the Labour Party, you need to look no further than…

Chris Williamson’s Derby disaster

4 May 2018 6:56

Oh dear. It’s not been a great night for Labour. Although Jeremy Corbyn’s party has managed to make gains in…

Conservatives win the expectation management game in disappointing night for Labour

4 May 2018 6:02

The Conservatives have had a successful night – at least when it comes to their expectation management campaign. There will…

Live local elections 2018: Labour falls short in London

4 May 2018 5:13

The key results from the 2018 local elections: The Tories win Barnet and hold Westminster and Wandsworth, despite predictions Labour…

The key battlegrounds to watch in the 2018 local elections

3 May 2018 6:00

The Tories are in for a torrid time in today’s local elections if the polls are anything to go on.…

The Spectator Podcast: Red London

5 April 2018 17:40

In this week’s episode, we talk about red London – just how badly will the Tories do in the upcoming…

Will Russia disrupt the local elections?

18 March 2018 22:34

Will Russia disrupt the local elections? That’s the question being asked in Westminster. But rather than worries over Russian meddling and…

Why May might not be so bad for May

12 February 2018 17:00

As Brexit tensions continue to simmer in the Conservative party, the May local elections look to be the next big…

Local elections: West Midlands win caps off a day of stunning successes for the Tories

5 May 2017 15:53

The Tories are up 540 seats, have gained control of 11 councils and enjoyed success in the Tees Valley, Cambridgeshire…

Where I’m from in Northumberland, the Tories don’t win – until now

5 May 2017 13:52

The story of a council election decided by drawing straws isn’t the most remarkable thing to happen in Northumberland today,…

Labour can only survive by pretending Corbyn has gone

24 March 2017 15:47

In spite of everything against them, the Labour party scored an historic victory last night in the City of London.…

Sadiq Khan boosts party morale as Corbyn forgets his lines at PLP meeting

9 May 2016 20:44

Although Labour MPs have been encouraged not to brief what happens at meetings of the PLP to lurking journalists, Jeremy Corbyn’s…

Labour party relations hit a new low

9 May 2016 8:13

After Labour’s local election results proved to be less catastrophic than many pundits predicted, John McDonnell told party naysayers it was…

The Spectator podcast: Erdogan’s Europe

6 May 2016 16:54

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or click here for our RSS feed.…

Election results: what you need to know

6 May 2016 13:00

Summary: Sadiq Khan becomes Mayor of London. SNP fail to win a majority. Scottish Tories become second largest party in Scottish…

Look away Corbyn! Charlotte Church trades Labour for Plaid Cymru in Welsh Assembly elections

5 May 2016 13:01

Although Charlotte Church is seen to be a die-hard Corbynista — previously speaking at rallies to support the Labour leader — it…