Author: Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw won the Seaton and Colyton seat on Devon County Council for the East Devon Alliance by 42 votes in 2017, and lost it by 145 in 2021. He blogs on Devon politics at, and is Emeritus Professor of International Relations and Politics of the University of Sussex. He writes in a personal capacity.

Devon’s democratic deficit: the case for a progressive alliance to ensure better representation for all

Martin Shaw

The UK elections of 6 May 2021 revealed a fragmented political landscape. Although the results showed, as do most national polls, that the combined support for the opposition parties continues to exceed the Conservatives’, they showed no sign that Labour alone would be likely to oust Boris Johnson’s increasingly authoritarian and nationalist regime in the […]