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Can the Conservatives win in Hartlepool?

Growing up in Hartlepool in the 1970s and 80s it was often said that if you pinned a red rosette on a donkey, although not perhaps a monkey, it would be elected to Parliament. Aside from a brief period from … Continue reading

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Why the general election results in Lincoln reflect the national picture

The general election results in Lincolnshire were to some extent a microcosm of the country as a whole. The Conservatives failed to make gains where they hoped and lost where they were expected to hang on. In contrast, Labour held … 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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Excellent House of Commons Library Paper on Political Parties

This excellent note from the House of Commons library, on membership of UK political parties includes up to date figures particularly on recent rises in membership for SNP and UKIP.

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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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