Ballot Box Briefing #1 – Public Funding for Political Parties

March 19, 2020 Ballot Box Scotland 1

Political parties play a vital role in our democracy. Despite this essential status, parties face a very uneven playing field in terms of funding. An easy solution to this would be to provide a substantial portion of party funding from the public purse. The first of these Ballot Box Briefings takes a look at this thorny issue.

Clackmannanshire East By-Election, 19/03/20

February 18, 2020 Ballot Box Scotland 0

Clackmannanshire absolutely loves a March by-election, so it does. There was one in the North ward in 2018. Then we had one in the Central ward last year. Now it’s East’s turn, as Conservative councillor Bill Mason has resigned for health reasons.

Survation, 20th-22nd January 2020

February 4, 2020 Ballot Box Scotland 0

We haven’t actually had a full Survation poll since March last year, so this is a welcome bit of diversity in terms of polling agencies.
SNP – 64
Conservative – 24
Labour – 24
Green – 9
Lib Dem – 8

Mid Galloway and Wigtown West By-Election Result

January 24, 2020 Ballot Box Scotland 0

For the very first Scottish election of the decade, we were down in Dumfries and Galloway. The stonking Conservative figure means this is the first single-seat by-election since Ballot Box Scotland launched two years ago where the winner did so on first preferences.