Local and mayoral elections 2012

May 3rd's polls saw Boris Johnson win another four-year term in City Hall - the exception to an otherwise bad night for the Conservatives, who lost over 400 councillors. Here's the highlights of our coverage, featuring Ian Dunt's mammoth 38-hour live blog and Alex Stevenson's rolling analysis, aided and abetted by an army of academics, pundits and pollsters.

Birmingham finally fell to Labour on May 3rd this year

Are coalitions declining in local government?

We might be getting accustomed to coalition politics in Westminster, but in local government the art of two-party government is suffering a few setbacks at the moment.

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  • "This latest allocation from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) comes alongside details of a number of local projects that have already secured Government support."

    Budget supports local transport projects

    English local authorities will compete for a share of £690M to be spent on improving their transport networks and tackling urban congestion

  • "The Local Government Association (LGA) said that the total cost of repairing English and Welsh local roads is expected to rise from £11.8Bn last year to £14Bn by 2019 unless urgent action is taken."

    Extra local roads funding demanded

    Government must inject a further £1Bn a year into local highway maintenance or risk an ever worsening “roads crisis” throughout the country, councils warned this week.

  • "The outcome of the election was described as “the worst possible result for the infrastructure industry"

    Sector fears project delays post

    Concerns for the timely delivery of vital infrastructure projects have been raised by industry commentators following Thursday’s General Election which resulted in a hung Parliament and fresh uncertainty for the sector.

  • "The so called Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will allow the Government to require the installation of charge points for electric vehicles at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers."

    Government plans electric vehicle roll out

    Measures to support the uptake of alternative fuelled vehicles by improving the country’s network of charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure have been set out in the Queen’s Speech

Boris Johnson wins a second term in City Hall

Boris clings on for four more years as Ken quits politics

Boris Johnson has seen off Labour hopes of a Ken Livingstone revival to triumph in the 2012 London mayoral race.

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