New Economics Podcast: What do the local elections mean for the UK

Hannah Peaker is joined by Abi O'Connor and Jack Shaw

Three years’ ago, the Conservative Party celebrated their best local elections performance since 2008. But after last week’s local elections in England and Wales, the Telegraph called the results a dire day” for the Conservatives.

Now that the dust has settled, we’re taking a closer look. Local elections aren’t just about Count Binface and potholes. With the next general election creeping ever closer, journalists and political wonks were watching these elections like hawks.

So who were the big winners and losers? Has the rise of metro mayors increased democracy in England? And what does this all mean for the next general election?

Hannah Peaker is joined by joined by Dr Abi O’Connor, senior researcher at the New Economics Foundation and Jack Shaw, fellow at the Bennet Institute for Public Policy.

Music: Thoughtful by Lee Rosevere, Free Music Archive: freemusicarchive.org/music/lee-rose…-than-answers/, used under Creative Commons licence: cre​ativecom​mons​.org/​l​i​c​e​n​s​e​s​/​b​y​-​n​c​/4.0/.

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