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Good for the Conservatives, bad for the country: four reasons why a snap election is a bad idea

This post first appeared on the LSE Policy and Politics blog on 18th April 2017. The Prime Minister has announced her intention to seek Parliament’s approval for a general election on 8th June. The Prime Minister’s surprise statement was long on … Continue reading

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Press affiliation and the 2015 general election

At the 2015 general election five out of eleven national daily newspapers supported the Conservative Party. Only two supported Labour, The Mirror and The Guardian, although this was an improvement on 2010 when The Guardian, somewhat bizarrely, encouraged its readers … Continue reading

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The 2015 general election in numbers

The election Number of seats contested: 650 Number of candidates: 3,971, down slightly since 2010 but second highest since the war. Number of women candidates: 1033, 26% the largest number and percentage of women candidates at a UK general election. … Continue reading

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Will there be more? David Cameron must walk a fine line to prevent further defections to UKIP

There is an axiom in politics that, when managing their own party, Prime Ministers need to accommodate three groups of MPs: those who are Ministers; those who want to be Ministers; and those who have been Ministers, but are now … Continue reading

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