What the Oldham by-election means for the Northern Powerhouse

Labour successfully held the Oldham West and Royton by-election on Thursday, beating expectations by increasing the party’s share of the vote from May’s general election, albeit on a much reduced turnout. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the victory displayed “broad” support for Labour “across the country”. That conclusion is hard to justify through evidence, especially …

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The city agenda: What’s in store in the next Parliament?

  Politicians and commentators discussing new policies often talk about which part of the electorate a certain measure benefits. Manifesto announcements are seen to appeal to pensioners, home owners, savers, small business owners, ethnic minorities or women. This is followed by data on how many voters are in that respective group, and how they could …

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Cicero Elections – SNP Manifesto Analysis

  The Scottish National Party this morning launched its manifesto, Stronger for Scotland, in Edinburgh, with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon setting out a simple message: returning a large group of SNP MPs to Westminster will strengthen Scotland’s voice but also deliver progressive change for people across the whole of the UK. Whilst stating (to loud …

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It’s Devo Max… Stupid!

  For all the heat and light – the latest polling numbers in Scotland continue to show a huge wave of support for the SNP in this Westminster election. While it feels like the Scottish party leaders have been debating each other to death – I know it feels like that in Scotland – with …

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UKIP and devolution: nonexistent and not required

After being chased from a pub at the weekend by protesters, Nigel Farage sought a more welcoming setting earlier this week when he visited Middleton in Greater Manchester. The area rose to prominence last October when UKIP came within 617 votes of beating Labour at the Heywood and Middleton by-election. Labour was defending a majority …

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