The Road from Doncaster to Downing Street

Mark Reckless, the Conservative MP for Rochester and Stroud, has defected to UKIP and announced his intention to resign in order to fight a by-election. Reckless’ defection marks the second in so many months and has been timed for maximum impact on the Conservative conference which started yesterday. So what does this mean in practical …

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Then and Now: Analysing Labour’s Social Media Reach

Cicero Elections has run a thematic analysis of the tweets issued during Labour Party Conference. By looking at the contents of tweets using the #lab14 hashtag, we have been able to compare social media output between the Labour conferences in 2013 and 2014, and gain a fascinating insight into how the Labour Party have been …

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Anything but flat: UKIP Party Conference Analysis

As Steven Woolfe MEP said today “this party is maturing and growing” and it is experiencing growing pains. One of the big announcements, by Patrick O’Flynn MEP, was a commitment to reforming Income Tax thresholds under a UKIP Government. The main element would be a reduction of the 40 per cent rate to 35 per cent …

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The Starker Choice: Labour Party Conference Analysis

As Ed Miliband closed Labour’s 2014 Party Conference in Manchester yesterday, the Leader of the Opposition outlined a ten year plan of policies for the UK and his vision of Labour as a vehicle of change for disenfranchised members of the economy and the electorate. In Manchester Ed Miliband has set out the framework for Labour’s …

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Scotland – Labour’s end game?

A narrowing of the polls in the independence referendum this week has led to Cameron, Miliband and Clegg frantically travelling back and forth to Scotland to shore up the no campaign. The vote on 18 September will affect the UK permanently, regardless of result, but what exactly could a yes vote mean for Labour? The …

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Scotland Weekly Digest – Edition XII

Polls this week At times during this referendum campaign there has been a frustrating lack of regular opinion polls. That was certainly not the case this week as a barrage of polls were published, all showing a referendum campaign going down to the wire. Last weekend YouGov turned the political world upside down with the …

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An appeal to reason isn’t enough to save the Union

Article originally published in CityAM. Financial markets seem to be doing a better job of making the case against Scottish independence than our politicians. Since polls were published showing the Yes campaign in the ascendancy, the slide in sterling has given everyone food for thought – and not just in Scotland. My email has fired up …

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