03 September 2013 In Local Politics

Well, a three-year period of elections, and election campaigns, is about to get underway. This all starts with the European parliament elections in May 2014, with Northern Ireland local government elections sometime next year as well – maybe on the same day as the Euro election.

This will be followed by the Westminster election in May 2015, and the NI Assembly election in 2016 - so get ready for plenty of electioneering, point scoring, and retreating into entrenched positions over the next three years.

The first, the Euro next May, has three seats up for grabs in a PR election, in one large Northern Ireland wide constituency.

19 February 2015 In Local Politics

Hopefully you will have seen our East Belfast constituency poll last week, and as with all polls this has generated its fair share of comments and opinions. On practical point we've been asked about is how we decide what political parties to include, or not include, in the poll. With political polling there's always the argument as to where to draw the line in terms of how many political parties should be included in any poll. Already I've had questions as to why certain political parties weren't included in our East Belfast poll. Let's clear this point up - The accepted standard as advised by the professional polling organisations is to include all the parties that are currently represented in main local legislature, in this case the NI Assembly, and we did this.