United Kingdom Local Elections 2023

09philj

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Another year, another round of local elections, this time in England, and Northern Ireland. Today's the voting day for the elections in England and Wales. As always, individual elections will ultimately be decided by local issues, but across the country they do tend to indicate which parties are doing well and which aren't, and are a chance for parties to flex how much support they have, with general elections expected next year. Here's the main contenders, in order of number of candidates:

The Conservative Party
Since their landslide election victory in 2019, the Tories have had a torrid few years that have brought us COVID, the scandalous downfall of Boris Johnson, a cost of living crisis, and the ill fated Truss ministry. Current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has somewhat improved his party's polling since taking office, essentially by not being the worst prime minister imaginable, but they are still trailing Labour by a wide margin. The only thing protecting the Tories from serious losses this time is that the seats up for election were last contested during the 2019 local elections, where the struggling Tories under Theresa May lost a large number of seats.

The Labour Party
Keir Starmer's bland centrist vision for Labour isn't exactly sexy, but since Labour aren't the ones wrecking the country his party has a strong polling lead anyway. Labour will probably be looking to secure at least a 10% lead over the Tories in Projected National Share.

The Liberal Democrats
Under Ed Davey, the Lib Dems are slowly putting their shattered reputation back together, and are now feeling bullish about their ability to take seats from the main parties with targeted campaigns, especially the Tories, over whom they have scored several stunning parliamentary by-election victories.

Green Party of England and Wales
My party, that I'm standing as a candidate for. The Greens have increased their seat count in local elections year on year for a while, and our leaders Carla Denyer and Adrian Ramsey have set ambitious targets for us to win even more this time. Our local election strategy is strong and highly focused on local issues, which means we can take seats from anyone. However, it will still be hard for us to turn local election success into national representation, and Labour seem bullish about taking our stronghold of Brighton.

Independents and Localists
Because electoral divisions in local elections are very small, it's generally reasonably viable for independent candidates and small local parties to have a go.

Reform
Formerly known as the Brexit Party. Not massively interested in local elections, and only fielding a few candidates compared to more major parties. May do alright, now the Tories are no longer led by fellow right wing populist Boris Johnson, but only if their candidates actually campaign.
 
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XsjadoBlayde

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Tactical voting guide for Tory expulsion says it wiser to vote Lib Dems in my area, so will have to give it a go with not a single shred of hope left to run on. Hadn't realised it was considered a key marginal seat before, anyone who ever talked about politics here were either just Tory or ukip.
 

09philj

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Tactical voting guide for Tory expulsion says it wiser to vote Lib Dems in my area, so will have to give it a go with not a single shred of hope left to run on. Hadn't realised it was considered a key marginal seat before, anyone who ever talked about politics here were either just Tory or ukip.
It may be less that the Lib Dems can win and more that they're the closest competitor. Still, big majorities can be overturned with hard campaigning.
 

Ag3ma

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It may be less that the Lib Dems can win and more that they're the closest competitor. Still, big majorities can be overturned with hard campaigning.
There are parts of the country that will basically not vote Labour under almost any circumstance (and would require generational shifts in demographics for that to change). But they will vote Liberal Democrat. In the current climate, if the Liberal Democrats do well, it's great news for Labour.
 

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Well shit, don't think I got a polling card and I was sure I registered to vote when I moved house last year. I blame the fucking Tories. Or I might have just forgotten. Either way, fuck the Tories.
 

Ag3ma

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Well shit, don't think I got a polling card and I was sure I registered to vote when I moved house last year. I blame the fucking Tories. Or I might have just forgotten. Either way, fuck the Tories.
Not all councils are holding elections. Mine, for instance, isn't.
 

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There are parts of the country that will basically not vote Labour under almost any circumstance (and would require generational shifts in demographics for that to change). But they will vote Liberal Democrat. In the current climate, if the Liberal Democrats do well, it's great news for Labour.
I mean if Sinn Fein can become the most popular party in Ireland I'm sure Labour can manageit.
 

Baffle

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I haven't voted yet, and my vote is mostly an anti-Tory, anti-Reform vote. My council is overwhelmingly Labour, though the local seat does sometimes go Tory. I don't like Starmer and I don't want him to be happy. And the Lib Dems need to not do embarrassing prop-based photo-ops.

Best of luck in your election, I'd like to see the greens do well.
 
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My council is overwhelmingly Labour, though the local seat does sometimes go Tory. I don't like Starmer and I don't want him to be happy.
In that case make him Prime Minister and there will be people making him miserable for as long as he's in power.šŸ˜†

I can't vote as its not happening here. Shame, I like taking every opportunity I can get to vote against the Tories.
 
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09philj

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Early results are positive for Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and the Greens, and poor for the Conservatives and independents.
 

09philj

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Torrid overnight results for the Tories, as everyone is up except them.
 

Baffle

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I came second with 35% to Labour's 48% in my ward.

The Conservative drubbing continues including a highly embarrassing collapse of support in East Hertfordshire, where the Greens are now the largest party.
Well done, and ha ha I'm from East Herts originally glad to see them get killed there.