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February 27, 2015 6 Comments

Is it springtime for Ukip and Margate?

Springtime for Hitler isn’t what any political party wants to hear as they’re open their spring conference. But the song greeted Ukip members early this morning as they arrived for their gathering in Margate.

There was a tank outside the Winter Gardens, too, and a team of scantily-clad actresses dancing away with swastika armbands. (more…)

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January 28, 2015 1 Comment

Bangladeshi and Pakistani groups ‘at risk of electoral fraud’

Some Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities are especially vulnerable to electoral fraud – that is the conclusion of research published today by the Electoral Commission.

January 27, 2015 1 Comment

Labour told to pick more BME candidates in winnable seats

So far, in the 36 seats where Labour MPs are retiring in May, the party has picked only one BME candidate. The Conservatives, in contrast, have chosen six BME candidates so far in their 34

January 19, 2015 6 Comments

How opinion polls under-estimated Tories and over-estimated Labour

Why the polls got their results wrong is not clear. It may be some people are unwilling to admit they are going to vote Conservative, or feel they ought to say they will vote Labour.

January 16, 2015 5 Comments

The pivotal pre-election postal poll

Just 111 days to go. Media commentators love giving us the countdown to polling day on 7 May. But the reality is voting in the 2015 general election will really start a lot of earlier than that.

December 23, 2014 1 Comment

Roger Bird cleared of improper sexual behaviour – but Ukip still get rid of him

Roger Bird wanted to keep his job, but concluded that the allegations and subsequent inquiry left him in an impossible position.

December 10, 2014 19 Comments

Explain your expenses: Ukip demands details from Neil Hamilton

Discord in the party? Ukip demands a full explanation from would-be candidate Neil Hamilton for expenses he has claimed.

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.

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