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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Local elections polls closed

Local elections are now over for another year and the results are keenly awaited. What we know from local elections is that the turnout tends to be lower than in General Elections and people, understandably, vote from both a mixture of local and national issues, with local issues often prevalent.

A good local campaign is one that speaks clearly about political values but links them clearly to local issues, meeting the concerns that residents actually have.

I'm not sure what kind of a night it will be for Labour. I do know that a lot of Labour members have been working hard to get their candidates elected, fired up despite the news headlines to put Labour values into practice. For example, in Slough I found some really dedicated Party colleagues. I wished them the same success we had last year in Lambeth, facing as they are a LibDem/Tory coalition.

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