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Jon Tonge is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool
“With councils still declaring, it may be premature to draw too many conclusions from the local election results. Yet some themes are already apparent, as are the issues raised. UKIP’s significant local election successes will seem small-scale when it comes to the European Parliament declarations on Sunday, when they will record huge gains.
So what do the results mean for the 2015 General Election? Here are five contentions:
And finally….for all the excitement, controversy and extensive media coverage, turnout remained appallingly low at these elections. More than three-fifths of the electorate couldn’t be bothered participating in an important democratic exercise, one in which a wide range of political choices were available.
Excuses are often made for non-voters. They shouldn’t be.”
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