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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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October 24, 2014 7 Comments

Our whole relationship with Europe is now at stake

This story could be huge.  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?  It may determine not just the next election, but our whole relationship with Europe.

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October 21, 2014 18 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 1 Comment

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

September 26, 2014 6 Comments

Are Nigel Farage and Ukip divided over air strikes?

Nigel Farage is against UK air strikes in Iraq – but his deputy chair supports them. This illustrates several things about Ukip.

September 23, 2014 40 Comments

Could Ukip win a by-election from Labour too?

With possible by-election gains off Labour as well as the Conservatives in October, I am starting to think Ukip could end up with a vote above 10 per cent in the general election.

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