Hello to one and all.
We’re pleased (nay, relieved!) to say that all the updates are now completed following the May 2nd 2019 Local Elections. Our Local Government team ‘love’ May and especially this year as it saw elections for the largest number of seats (40%) across the 4 year election cycle, so hats off to them for the three week turn around, especially given the large number of newly elected Councillors.
Some stats and data visualisations about the political landscape within Local Government can be seen here courtesy of our live Local Authority Political Analysis (LAPA) Report.
Just over 8600 Seats were up for election and there was a significant level of change with nearly 3800 newly elected Councillors now in post. Politically, there was a significant swing away from the Conservatives, both in terms of Council Control and Numbers of Seats, towards the Lib Dems and Independents. Screen grabs from our political report highlight this quite well:
Number of Seats
The above can be dynamically interrogated via the report link.
We will shortly be adding an updated district level map of the UK showing Council Control and intend to keep an archive from previous years for comparison.
Beyond Local Elections, the European Elections have just taken place (results due Sunday 26th of May) and we will be updating the Oscar database accordingly as the results are know.
Two new Political parties have been added to the database: Change UK and the Brexit Party, with the appropriate members given the new affiliations – those with MP/Lord subscriptions will now see these in their feeds.
That’s probably enough Political updates for the moment; save to say, those with Councillor subscriptions should take updates at the earliest opportunity to ensure the latest data is reflected, particularly given the level of change this time.
For more information about the elections, councillors, Oscar or anything else that may be consuming your cerebrum, just give us a shout.
James and all at Oscar.