Local Elections 2013

Voters in 27 county councils and seven unitary authorities headed to the polls on Thursday 2 May. With 2,362 seats contested, four University of Birmingham academics reflect on the results, the key issues and what conclusions can be drawn.

Local Elections 2013: Challenges and opportunities for new administrations

Elected Councillors: How much influence and power are they able to exercise?

Time to streamline Local Election day?

The parties: UKIP’s support should not be ignored, whatever the outcome