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Started by mikeshadow on Apr 11, 2019 5:14:03 PM
Local first then EU elections — Too much politics?

Local elections in England and Northern Ireland on 2 May. European Parliament elections UK-wide on 23 May.

Usually relatively low numbers of people turn out to vote in Local and EU Parliament elections.

Will Brexit encourage higher turnouts this time or are people fed up with politics like Brenda from Bristol?

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coshipi - 11 Apr 2019 17:16:09 (#1 of 787)

Locals then EU - then a General and another referendum? - not sure in which order. Or maybe on the same day?

mememe - 11 Apr 2019 17:22:58 (#2 of 787)

There's not going to be a general election any time soon.

mikeshadow - 11 Apr 2019 17:24:33 (#3 of 787)

People may well vote on local issues on 2 May but treat the European Parliament elections on 23rd as a kind of referendum on Brexit.

tasselhoff - 11 Apr 2019 17:24:38 (#4 of 787)

I reckon there will be over the next two to three years.

widenation - 11 Apr 2019 17:25:12 (#5 of 787)

There will probably be a border poll in NI as well, and a 2nd Scottish Ref.

guigal - 11 Apr 2019 17:49:09 (#6 of 787)

treat the European Parliament elections on 23rd as a kind of referendum on Brexit.

And as a preliminary to the domestic general election. If the Tories do badly and Labour well, that will be an indication that we're on track to get a period of social democracy to reverse the horrors of too much Toryism.

coshipi - 11 Apr 2019 18:00:35 (#7 of 787)

There's not going to be a general election any time soon.

Probably not, but I wouldn't bet on it. Not either way.

thisonehasalittlehat - 11 Apr 2019 18:36:10 (#8 of 787)

I'm going to treat all elections as a referendum on brexit until it's finished.

thisonehasalittlehat - 11 Apr 2019 18:36:40 (#9 of 787)

Mind you that won't actually affect how I vote

FGBFGB - 11 Apr 2019 18:50:05 (#10 of 787)

#3 when have local elections ever - except in a minority of cases - been determined by local issues?

mikeshadow - 11 Apr 2019 18:54:49 (#11 of 787)

They do in my ward.

FGBFGB - 11 Apr 2019 18:56:22 (#12 of 787)

Does your area still have decent local papers?

mikeshadow - 11 Apr 2019 20:16:31 (#13 of 787)

Good point. Yes, it has two.

mikeshadow - 13 Apr 2019 19:29:41 (#14 of 787)

We’ve got a council by-election in our ward on the same day as the regular local council election.

We've received leaflets from each of the two Labour candidates but nothing from the other parties yet.

DesEsseintes - 13 Apr 2019 20:12:54 (#15 of 787)

The LibDems are trying to rebuild out here in FunnyTingeShire. I have a feeling they might do too.

xDiggy - 13 Apr 2019 20:48:28 (#16 of 787)

You can never have too much politics. Still, let’s hope the UKIP- tendency deliver on their boycott threat.

TinyMcSmallbrain - 13 Apr 2019 21:08:58 (#17 of 787)

Brenda from Bristol is an idiot.

Winner - 15 Apr 2019 07:56:00 (#18 of 787)

I’ve voted for the most stupid thing that I’ve ever been offered and if it isn’t implemented I’ll never vote again...

FleurDuMal - 15 Apr 2019 08:05:09 (#19 of 787)

That more or less sums it up.

mikeshadow - 16 Apr 2019 15:53:07 (#20 of 787)

My guess is that the turnout for the local elections in just over two weeks time will be relatively low as usual.

Probably the usual low turnout for the European Parliament elections later in May too, if they take place.

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