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December 10, 2014 17 Comments

Explain your expenses: Ukip demands details from Neil Hamilton

Tonight, as Ukip is holding its selection meeting for the constituency of Basildon South, a letter from the Ukip finance committee querying expenses claims made by the former Tory MP Neil Hamilton has been seen by Channel 4 News.

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December 5, 2014 6 Comments

Thorpe dilemma for Liberal Democrats

Norman Scott, whom Jeremy Thorpe was accused of trying to murder, warns Thorpe’s funeral will be an occasion for political bigwigs to gloss over the extraordinary events of the 1960s and

November 21, 2014 7 Comments

What next for Nigel Farage and his growing Ukip gang?

The three main parties are in tatters after Ukip’s by-election win in Rochester – how far can the “protest vote” go?

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.

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