Finding out the things that people don't want unearthed, Michael Crick keeps an investigative eye on the halls of power.
A Ukip majority of 2,920 or 7.2 per cent.
Seven weeks ago, when Mark Reckless resigned his seat, Ukip would have been jubilant with such a result, and it would have been hugely damaging for David Cameron.
The extraordinary thing now is that a Ukip margin of under 3,000 – less than a quarter of their majority in Clacton – is being seen by Conservatives as something of a success.
Yet in some ways this was a far worse result for the Conservatives.
Labour has won the South Yorkshire crime commissioner by-election – but all three main parties are gloomy about their general election prospects.
I hate journalistic hype and exaggeration but could the EU’s sudden demand for Britain to pay an extra £1.7bn be a possible turning point in our political history?
Two of Britain’s top election lawyers say the primary the Tories are holding to pick their candidate for the Rochester by-election could open the result to a legal challenge.
The Conservatives are splashing tens of thousands on a ‘primary’ in Rochester. Good for democracy, or a wheeze for getting around spending rules?
Former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell captures Ukip’s first parliamentary seat and marks an extraordinary breakthrough for Nigel Farage and his party.
By playing it low-key in various by-elections, Labour could be in danger of feeding the Ukip beast, only to find the creature turns round later and bites them too.
The first opinion in the Heywood and Middleton by-election suggests that Labour are comfortably on course to retake the seat.
Despite George Osborne’s speech, the talk of the Tory party conference is still dominated by defections. Boris Johnson said any Conservatives thinking of joining Ukip’s ranks would be
It was meant to be Mark Reckless’s triumphant return. Only local Tories – angry at what they see as Mark Reckless’s deception and treachery – fought back this morning. In