Can Gorton wipe away the Copeland tears?

  No sooner are two lively by-elections out of the way, then now we have another. In the current, fevered atmosphere, speculation is already under way about what could happen in Manchester Gorton, following the death of Sir Gerald Kaufman. Manchester Gorton hasn’t exactly been volatile in its voting.  It is solidly Labour.  Kaufman’s vote …

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Copeland and Stoke Central By-elections: Five things to look out for

  Tomorrow’s by-elections in Copeland and Stoke Central will be the 9th and 10th by-elections of this Parliament – a pretty high tally less than two years since the General Election. For the most part the previous 8 have been pretty routine holds of relatively safe seats for the two main parties, with only the …

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Day of Reckoning: Labour faces a possible by-election double whammy

  Jamie Reed and Tristram Hunt are not exactly household names. Both have taken new jobs.  It is the possible consequences of their career moves that could make them more than footnotes in history. It’s rare for the main opposition party to lose seats in Parliamentary by-elections; especially rare to lose them to the sitting …

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Gridlock in Northern Ireland spells choppy waters ahead for May’s Brexit plans

  The day it became obvious that power-sharing in Northern Ireland had collapsed, it made the headline of just one major British daily newspaper. On a day dominated by Meryl Streep’s comments on Donald Trump, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigned from his post, precipitating the next elections in Northern Ireland on 2 March. Just …

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Trumponomics: Growth at all costs

  It was the result that, once again, took the vast majority of pollsters, financial markets and betting markets by surprise. To put into perspective how unexpected Donald Trump’s victory was, the Huffington Post news site spent several months of the election cycle filing Trump stories in their entertainment section. The decisions he makes, the …

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Nothing to cheer for Labour in Sleaford and North Hykeham

Sleaford and North Hykeham 2016 won’t go down in by-election lore by any means. It certainly lacked the multifaceted drama of Zac Goldsmith’s defeat in Richmond Park last week and ‘Tories hold safe Tory seat’ is not the stuff of headline-writer’s dreams. Almost inevitably therefore, the eye drifts a little further down the table of …

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Is Italy the latest domino to fall?

  Sunday was a rollercoaster for those interested in EU politics; one moment you are rejoicing the victory of a green liberal over nationalist extreme-right in Austria, the next you’re down in the dumps over the crushing defeat of centre-left politics by populism in Italy, thinking “another one bites the dust”. But is that really …

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