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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 31, 2014 No Comments

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

Labour heaved a sigh of relief this afternoon that they avoided defeat to Ukip in the by-election to choose a new police and crime commissioner in South Yorkshire.  Losing the seat would have been especially embarrassing when Ed Miliband is a South Yorkshire MP.


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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

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.

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