President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that Turkey's ruling party succeeded in local elections held last month. "Every election is an exam, a struggle and an opportunity for assessment. We substantially succeeded in the March 31 local elections," said Erdoğan during the inauguration speech of the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) 28th Assessment and Consultation Camp in the Kızılcahamam district of Ankara. The president noted that the AK Party got 44.4% of the votes, which is the second highest rate of their party in terms of local elections to date, with the total share of votes of the People's Alliance with the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) standing at 51.7%, in line with results of April 16, 2017, referendum and June 24, 2018 presidential elections. Erdoğan called the results of the elections an "undeniable success," extending his congratulations to MHP and its leader Devlet Bahçeli. "Our nation has handed the responsibility of … [Read more...] about Erdoğan says AK Party successful in local elections, urges intraparty unity
Local elections 2016
Local authorities provide hundreds of different services, ranging from children’s social care to enterprise centres. But most residents in Stoke-on-Trent will only interact with with the council on a regular basis via its neighbourhood services – such as kerbside waste collection and grass verge cutting. These basic but highly visible services can make a huge difference to a council’s reputation, meaning no administration can afford to let them deteriorate without risking the wrath of voters. So as you might expect, the various parties standing in the forthcoming Stoke-on-Trent City Council elections on May 2, are proposing various initiatives aimed at improving neighbourhoods and reducing familiar blights such as fly-tipping, littering and dog-fouling. Soon after taking control of the council in 2015, the City Independent-Conservative coalition made a point of cleaning up Stoke-on-Trent, deploying extra teams to tackle fly-tipping, and stepping up efforts to bring … [Read more...] about Local election: Who will voters call on to clean up the city’s neighbourhoods?
The single biggest challenge facing all upper-tier local authorities in the UK – both now and for the foreseeable future – is the rising cost of adult social care. An aging population resulting from advances in healthcare means an ever larger number of residents require support from their council, including many with complex needs such as dementia. Ensuring these needs are met, despite the limited resources available, will have to be one of Stoke-on-Trent City Council's top priorities over the next four years, whoever is running the authority after May’s local elections. In 2017/18, the city council spent £149.13 million on public health and adult social care – nearly a quarter of its entire revenue budget. This was up from the £124.8 million spent in 2014/15, which was less than a fifth of that year’s budget. Even with that increased spend, councils such as Stoke-on-Trent have had to change the way they deliver services for vulnerable adults in … [Read more...] about Local elections: Adult care the single biggest issue facing the city council
Theresa May has ditched plans to reorganise her cabinet after the upcoming local elections amid fears that voters are set to punish the Tories for the Brexit chaos. According to Politico’s Jack Blanchard, “the Tories are going to sustain serious losses and she just does not have the political capital to sack a load of frontbenchers”. “A reshuffle is going to be impossible now,” a senior No. 10 official told The Sun. “Things are just too precarious.” Tory party chiefs “fear they could lose as many as 1,000 councillors in the local elections next week”, the newspaper reports. The ongoing Brexit turmoil, combined with the impossibly high bar of the Tories’ 2015 local election successes, mean the losses are all but certain to stretch into “the high hundreds”, another insider added. Where are elections being held? The polls will open on 2 May at 248 councils across England and 11 in Northern Ireland, with a … [Read more...] about Local elections 2019: where are they taking place and who is likely to win?
New ward boundaries mean that every seat in every ward is up for election on Reigate and Banstead Borough Council (RBBC) in May. Currently, the Conservatives hold a commanding majority with 39 of the council's 50 seats. Residents' Associations in Nork and Tattenhams are second with a combined six councillors. Each ward will be electing three councillors, meaning that residents will be required to vote for three candidates. The new makeup of RBBC will consist of 45 councillors. Polls open at 7am on May 2 and close at 10pm, with the votes counted the next day. In addition, seats on Horley Town Council and on Salfords and Sidlow Parish Council will be contested so residents in those areas will have more choices to make. Just for fun... These were the most commonly used words in the Reigate and Banstead election bios (story continued below). Below are all the candidates who are standing for election in each ward. SurreyLive gave them 100 words (they've been cut off if they've gone … [Read more...] about Meet the Reigate & Banstead Local Election candidates