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A question about London’s cycle lanes: ‘where are the women’?

Video footage taken by active travel campaigner @HalHaines last week has inspired a debate about the effectiveness of London’s new cycle lanes. He was making a point about traffic signals on Cycle Superhighway 3 at Parliament […]

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Eight of London’s 32 boroughs to have new political leaders

Only four of the capital’s 32 councils underwent changes of political control at the elections a fortnight ago, and in two cases the change was not very significant. The replacement of Conservative administrations in Kingston […]

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London’s regeneration tension will not just go away

Looking back at the borough election results, two of the smaller outcomes seem to speak clearly to a larger theme – the heightening tensions arising from property development in various parts of town. One of those two […]

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Sarah Hayward: housing is still top of London’s ‘to-do’ list, so what can its councils do?

The dust is settling on London’s local elections, and after a lot of froth and high expectations, nothing much has changed. Control of almost all of London’s councils is very much as you were. There […]

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Labour has become still stronger in London but weaknesses have been exposed

Competition over the meaning of Labour’s results on Thursday has been almost as fierce as the battle for votes itself, with the more fervent of Jeremy Corbyn’s admirers insisting that the party’s failure to hit […]

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London borough elections 2018: ten perilous predictions

Predicting the outcomes of elections (or referendums) has been a mug’s game in recent years, with a succession of outcomes failing to match expectations formed from what appeared to be solid prior evidence. With today’s elections […]

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London elections 2018: what Havering and Tower Hamlets have in common

From the On London Borough Elections Guide 2018: The peculiar internal politics of Havering place the Conservatives in a strangely similar position to Labour in Tower Hamlets in being the biggest party, yet subject to […]

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Haringey 2018: Labour ‘moderates’ could hold balance in ‘Corbyn Council’ leadership contest

The successful campaign by Haringey Momentum and its sundry non-Labour allies to de-select Labour councillors who didn’t oppose the council’s planned housebuilding joint venture with regeneration giant Lendlease – the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) – ensured that the borough’s […]

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Wandsworth 2018: the battleground borough that looks hardest to call

From the On London Borough Elections Guide 2018: Labour has an ambitious but not impossible path to winning Wandsworth. They need to hold the five wards where they already have three councillors, and win the […]