GE2017: Script review time

  Convention says be careful when reading across form local elections to a subsequent General Election. But that was before May 2017.  Now – uniquely – we have had local elections during the course of a General Election.  It’s like reading the script before going to the theatre. Of course June 8 won’t be exactly …

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GE2017: Tactical Voting – Forget it!

  Social media has become quite excited this week over tactical voting.  Sites such as tactical2017.com are emerging giving voters helpful directions on which party to vote for in order to defeat Conservative candidates. Some commentators have suggested that this time, it matters.  Why?  Firstly, because it’s an unusual election. Secondly, because of the Brexit …

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Labour Divided: Five insights from the latest poll of members

  Labour makes much of its claim to be the largest party, by membership, in Europe.  But size isn’t everything.  And when we find out what these half-million people are thinking, we have confirmation that size isn’t everything.  It’s a big membership – but it reveals big problems. YouGov has been polling these Labour Party …

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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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