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May 21, 2015 No Comments

After the big election, lots of smaller ones at Westminster

It’s a great aspect of British elections that as soon as we’ve had the big election, we get a lot of smaller ones. I’m talking not just about the leadership elections in both the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, but the round of electoral contests for senior positions at Westminster.

The next three weeks will see huge jockeying for the chairmanships of the increasingly powerful select committees, all of which are up for grabs. Campaigning is already well underway.


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May 12, 2015 1 Comment

Unions in chaos over role in vote for new Labour leader

Will the unions decide the next Labour leader? Possibly – but most did not see a leadership contest coming and are scrambling to get organised.

April 21, 2015 5 Comments

Politicians should follow John Major’s example and get a soapbox

John Major, who speaks in the West Midlands today, energised his 1992 election campaign by speaking from a soapbox. It’s the sort of thing modern-day politicians should try.

April 16, 2015 5 Comments

Election 2015: not exactly the golden age of campaigning

Ed Miliband’s latest election stop was far from the open campaigning of years gone by, when Harold Wilson or Ted Heath would do genuine walkabouts.

April 13, 2015 No Comments

Cameron biographers at war

The problem for all three authors and their publishers is this: if Cameron loses the election will anyone care about him that much?

April 2, 2015 2 Comments

Election 2015: the ten teenagers running for parliament

If you’re 18 today, or before next Thursday, now’s your chance to make history. You could become youngest parliamentary candidate since 1832.

March 16, 2015 4 Comments

Labour blocks McCluskey ally Karie Murphy from becoming MP – again

The selection of a Labour candidate in Halifax looks set to explode into a huge headache for Ed Miliband.

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?

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