A collection of useful tools for UK politics, including base maps and datasets. Initially inspired by Bhaskar Karambelkar's
tilegrams package, but with the ability to create a hexagonal map of UK parliamentary constituencies. The package also includes functions for data retrieval of current MPs and their consituency details (as it requires calls to two different APIs, this function is not included in my
mnis packages), and data from the 2015 UK General Election, courtesy of the British Election Study.
The most up-to-date documentation for the development version will always be at http://docs.evanodell.com/parlitools/.
parlitools is available on CRAN. To install on CRAN run:
Or, if you use pacman:
To install the development version from GitHub, run:
Functions and Data
party_colour - A tibble with the ID, name and hex code for the official colour of a variety of political parties, taken from Wikipedia. Includes all political parties with MPs and a number without MPs. (Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Index_of_United_Kingdom_political_parties_meta_attributes,
bes_2015 - A tibble with the British Election Study 2015 Constituency Results Version 2.2. For information on all the variables in this dataset, see the bes-2015 vignette (Source: http://www.britishelectionstudy.com/data-object/2015-bes-constituency-results-with-census-and-candidate-data/)
bes_2017 - A tibble with Great Britain constituencies results from the 2017 general election. This data can be linked to 2011 census information in
census_11 - A tibble with constituency-level census data.
council_data - A tibble with data on the size of each local council (in terms of councillors), and the party or parties controlling the council. (Sources: http://opencouncildata.co.uk/councils.php?model=, http://geoportal.statistics.gov.uk/datasets/464be6191a434a91a5fa2f52c7433333_0). Last updated 14 July 2017.
leave_votes_west - The percentage of votes cast for leave in the 2016 EU referendum. Some constituencies have actual results and others only have estimates by Chris Hanretty; in cases where the actual cote count is known, both the estimates and the actual results are reported. (Sources: https://secondreading.uk/brexit/brexit-votes-by-constituency/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-36616830)
Data Retrieval Functions
current_mps - Uses functions from
mnis to create a tibble with data on all current MPs, their party affiliation and their constituency.
mps_on_date - Uses functions from
mnis to create a tibble with data on all MPs from a given date, their party affiliation and their constituency.
west_hex_map - A hexagonal cartogram, stored as a simple feature and data frame, of Westminster parliamentary constituencies.
west_hex_map can be used to create maps like this:
local_hex_map - Hexagonal cartogram, A hexagonal cartogram, stored as a simple feature and data frame, of all Local Authorities in England, Wales and Scotland.
There are a variety of potentially relevant data sources and datasets on UK politics, far too many for me to include them all in this package.
Electoral Commission - Electoral results dating back to 2005.
British Election Study - A large selection of open data, including panel surveys, linked data and aggregated Twitter data, covering elections and referenda.
Open Council Data has data on the names, parties, and wards of all UK councillors, updated more or less weekly.