Cameron’s courage conundrum

  Courage is the trait most revered by political leaders; a key part of being a leader is being fearless in the face of enemies or in a time of national crisis. Leadership debates give contenders a chance to show their statesman-like qualities, or perhaps the reverse. Recent ructions over the planned TV debates, in …

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PMQs – Immigration

Only 64 days remain until Britons go to the polls in the most unpredictable General Election in decades. For those in the Westminster Village there are only four more occasions, including today’s, to witness the Prime Minister being tackled on a whole host of policy and political issues. MPs are certainly counting down the clock …

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The Power of the Grey Vote

  Cameron targets pensioners to make gains on the Liberal Democrats whilst hoping to retain Conservative marginals. In the race to power, politicians know that they cannot ignore the 11 million plus pensioners living in the UK. As the graph below shows, in every general election since 1964, the over 65s’ turnout has been far greater than …

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A second election?

  Seventy days to go, and no party is opening up a significant or sustainable lead.  An overall majority government of one complexion is looking increasingly unlikely. It looks like we are on course for another hung Parliament.  Already, the speculation is growing that such an outcome would lead to another election, close on the …

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PMQs – Second jobs

  PMQs has never been a forum for cross-party agreement; it is a battleground for sound-bites and point-scoring. If reforming the rules for MPs holding second jobs was a priority, an agreement would be reached behind the scenes and changes would be quietly introduced. However, this has been a high-profile scandal and presented an opportunity …

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A Day in the Life of: A Labour Candidate

A typical day currently starts before it ends. As we’re in the final few months before the election, my day is filled with meeting and responding to constituents, debating issues at local meetings, and running my campaign team. That means I normally get round to reviewing the latest news and researching policy issues after a …

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