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.
The second by-election of the decade took us on our fourth visit to Highland Council since BBS launched, and their fifth by-election since the full council in 2017.
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.
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
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.
It’s been a dramatic year in politics in the UK, and even going back to the start of the year feels like a completely different world.
With the General Election out of the way and Christmas looming, it’s time for Ballot Box Scotland to neatly wrap up the year’s council by-elections.