Local elections

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Labour to use May vote to sharpen campaign ahead of general election
Exclusive: local elections will be chance to test regional organisers, digital operation and a slogan: ‘Build a Better Britain’

Pippa Crerar Political editor

01, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Only 10,000 people in Great Britain have applied for government-issued voter ID
Exclusive: number is just 0.5% of those who could need the document under new scheme

Peter Walker Political correspondent

31, Jan, 2023 @6:56 PM

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Will the UK’s strict new voter ID laws damage democracy?
For the first time this year, voters will have to show photo ID before casting their ballot. These rules risk damaging the integrity of elections, not enhancing it

Presented by Nosheen Iqbal with Peter Walker; produced by Tom Glasser, Rose de Larrabeiti and Solomon King; executive producer Phil Maynard

16, Jan, 2023 @3:00 AM

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Tory right warns Sunak: this is calm before storm over small boats and Brexit
As Sunak tries to move on from ‘perma-crisis’, agitated former ministers promise big trouble ahead

Michael Savage

08, Jan, 2023 @6:01 AM

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Wednesday briefing: The (un)intended consequences of voter ID
In today’s newsletter: Why a purported solution to concerns about voter fraud may create a whole set of new problems instead. An electoral systems expert explains how

Archie Bland

30, Nov, 2022 @6:52 AM

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Delay UK voter ID checks or face election result challenges, officials warn
Exclusive: Lack of time to implement photo ID rules ‘may prevent voting’ in English local elections in May

Peter Walker Political correspondent

10, Nov, 2022 @2:01 PM

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Voter ID and other election changes ‘hugely challenging’, say UK officials
Staff warn of short timetable to introduce changes, with final details of voter ID system yet to be released

Peter Walker Political correspondent

03, Nov, 2022 @2:19 PM

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U-turns are signs of good sense, not weakness | Brief letters
Brief letters: Another about-turn | Coronation day | Holiday puzzle | Grave complaints | Listen to the silence | Long-distance run

Letters

12, Oct, 2022 @4:28 PM

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Tories’ levelling up ad campaign broke the rules, finds watchdog
Advertising promoting government policies in run-up to local elections in May described as party propaganda by Labour

Jessica Elgot Deputy political editor

11, Oct, 2022 @7:00 PM

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UK elections watchdog calls for action to tackle candidate intimidation
Electoral Commission finds four in 10 candidates in Great Britain suffered abuse, intimidation or threats during May’s local ballots

Peter Walker Political correspondent

21, Sep, 2022 @12:38 PM

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Could Boris Johnson lose his seat in the next election?
It would have been unimaginable for previous leaders, but polls suggest the prime minister is in serious danger of losing his constituency

James Tapper and Michael Savage

28, May, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Pressure grows on Labour and Lib Dems to agree joint anti-Tory strategy
Ed Davey says party will focus on just one target in key ‘super Thursday’ polls

Toby Helm

15, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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