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Local and mayoral elections 2024: Why they matter and what to look out for

Sir John Curtice and Sarah Calkin joined IfG experts to discuss what is at stake and what to expect in the elections on 2 May.

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On Thursday 2 May 2024, voters across England and Wales headed to the polls in a major set of local and mayoral elections. The highest-profile contests were the election of 10 influential metro mayors – including in Greater London and across the north and the midlands. Together these leaders are responsible for over £25bn of public spending and will play a vital role in shaping the fortunes of the places they represent.

Thousands of councillors in over 100 local areas across England were also up for election, with the successful candidates taking responsibility for key public services at a time of acute financial pressures across local government. Voters also elected 37 police and crime commissioners and the 25 members of the London Assembly.

These elections are far more important than just providing a straw in the wind for the general election to come. To discuss why these elections matter and what to expect, the Institute for Government hosted a public event with expert panellists including:  

  • Sarah Calkin, Editor of the Local Government Chronicle  
  • Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University and Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Social Research
  • Akash Paun, Programme Director at the Institute for Government

The event was chaired by Emma Norris, Deputy Director at the Institute for Government.  

Follow us on X @IfGEvents and join the conversation using #localelections2024

Photos from the event can be viewed on our Flickr page

For more information, visit the Institute for Government’s guide to the 2024 local and mayoral elections

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