Thursday, 24 February 2011

Where is the By-Election Preview?!

If you are dropping by to see what's happening in this week's by-elections I have some bad news; there aren't any! This is only the fourth Thursday since the General Election with a distinct lack of by-elections. They were the two weeks immediately after it and the lazy week between Christmas and New Year. But fear not, this is merely the calm before the storm…

Next week we have a Parliamentary by-election in Barnsley Central, a national referendum in Wales and five Council by-elections to keep us entertained. Almost all of them are foregone conclusions, but that won't stop us covering them! If you can't wait that long for an election there is a pretty important one taking place in the Republic of Ireland. If, like me, you don't really know too much about Irish Politics you should read Chris' crash course. It really is quite good!

We should probably also let you know that neither of us will be around much this weekend. We've scheduled a few more posts on the Northern Irish and Welsh Assembly elections to keep you entertained, and I'm sure Chris will struggle to stay away from the Irish election, but if anything exciting happens we might be a bit slow to it. This is primarily referring to the expected Welsh poll from YouGov. Having said that, Harry will be working on an updated forecast so we'll get there in the end.

In the meantime, if you're interesting in the Welsh Referendum I would recommend watching Question Time tonight. It's in Newport so I'm sure next week's vote will crop up! As for the lack of by-elections, I can only offer an apology akin to Blair's on slavery. I am truly sorry, but it's not personally my fault!


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