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November 21, 2014 3 Comments

What next for Nigel Farage and his growing Ukip gang?

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.

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October 31, 2014 7 Comments

Labour’s by-election – but all three main parties are in despair

Labour has won the South Yorkshire crime commissioner by-election – but all three main parties are gloomy about their general election prospects.

October 24, 2014 22 Comments

Our whole relationship with Europe is now at stake

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?

October 21, 2014 20 Comments

Judges could overturn a Tory victory in Rochester, lawyers say

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.

October 15, 2014 2 Comments

Does Tory primary in Rochester breach spirit of legal spending limits?

The Conservatives are splashing tens of thousands on a ‘primary’ in Rochester. Good for democracy, or a wheeze for getting around spending rules?

October 10, 2014 7 Comments

Ukip’s breakthrough night in Clacton

Former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell captures Ukip’s first parliamentary seat and marks an extraordinary breakthrough for Nigel Farage and his party.

October 8, 2014 6 Comments

Why isn’t Labour going for Rochester?

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.

October 2, 2014 9 Comments

Sun poll suggests Ukip won’t get shock result in Heywood and Middleton

The first opinion in the Heywood and Middleton by-election suggests that Labour are comfortably on course to retake the seat.

September 29, 2014 1 Comment

Boris tries to cheer up Tory conference after Ukip defections

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

September 28, 2014 22 Comments

Tories hijack Reckless and Farage event in Rochester

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

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