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Finding out the things that people don't want unearthed, Michael Crick keeps an investigative eye on the halls of power.

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March 16, 2015 4 Comments

Labour blocks McCluskey ally Karie Murphy from becoming MP – again

Relations between Ed Miliband and Unite the union are again under huge strain as a Labour party special panel blocked Unite candidate Karie Murphy from selection for a new candidate in Halifax.  The process follows the recent retirement of Labour MP Linda Riordan.


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March 13, 2015 5 Comments

Political heavyweight Al Murray’s stunt fails to take off

Pub Landlord Al Murray, who is standing against Nigel Farage in South Thanet, was to be “parachuted” into the constituency this morning – until he claimed he was too heavy to

March 6, 2015 2 Comments

Why have so many leading jobs never been held by a woman?

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday, I thought it would be worth listing the posts which have never been held by a woman.

February 27, 2015 6 Comments

Is it springtime for Ukip and Margate?

A publicity stunt for a revival of The Producers saw scantily-clad women in Nazi uniforms outside the venue for Ukip’s spring conference. Is Ukip itself in need of a revival?

January 28, 2015 1 Comment

Bangladeshi and Pakistani groups ‘at risk of electoral fraud’

Some Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities are especially vulnerable to electoral fraud – that is the conclusion of research published today by the Electoral Commission.

January 27, 2015 1 Comment

Labour told to pick more BME candidates in winnable seats

So far, in the 36 seats where Labour MPs are retiring in May, the party has picked only one BME candidate. The Conservatives, in contrast, have chosen six BME candidates so far in their 34

January 19, 2015 6 Comments

How opinion polls under-estimated Tories and over-estimated Labour

Why the polls got their results wrong is not clear. It may be some people are unwilling to admit they are going to vote Conservative, or feel they ought to say they will vote Labour.

January 16, 2015 5 Comments

The pivotal pre-election postal poll

Just 111 days to go. Media commentators love giving us the countdown to polling day on 7 May. But the reality is voting in the 2015 general election will really start a lot of earlier than that.

December 23, 2014 1 Comment

Roger Bird cleared of improper sexual behaviour – but Ukip still get rid of him

Roger Bird wanted to keep his job, but concluded that the allegations and subsequent inquiry left him in an impossible position.

December 10, 2014 19 Comments

Explain your expenses: Ukip demands details from Neil Hamilton

Discord in the party? Ukip demands a full explanation from would-be candidate Neil Hamilton for expenses he has claimed.

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