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A look forward: 2018 London elections (part 1)

January 1, 2018

As a New Year begins, I am setting out the scene for this year’s London elections, a critical test for the three main English parties. This is the first of three posts, setting the scene and covering 10 boroughs (B to G, alphabetically). May’s local elections will be a crucial test for the British political […]

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Syriza’s Victory Reshapes Greek Politics

February 2, 2015

Last Sunday saw Syriza‘s historic election victory in Greece. Has this changed the face of Greek politics for good? The change in government of Greece this week not only showed a nation exhausted by austerity, but a fundamental shift in the politics of the country. Since democracy’s 1974 restoration in the country that invented it, […]

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London’s New Political Landscape

July 9, 2014

Last Thursday’s council by-election in Tower Hamlets’ Blackwall and Cubitt Town ward brought to an end this year’s local elections in London (both this election and the previous week’s in Barnet’s Colindale ward were held back from the main 22 May elections due to the death of a candidate). The London Local Elections Unlike much […]

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Local Election Briefing – Trafford

May 6, 2014

We are just over a fortnight way from the 2014 local elections: a third of councillors for some authorities and all-out elections in London. There are also elections for every seat for the shadow bodies for the new Northern Ireland district councils that come in to existence next year, when the current 26 will be […]

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Australia’s Knife Edge Election

August 28, 2013

In ten days time, Australia votes to decide who will run the country for the next three years. Until Julia Gillard was toppled, it looked likely that the Right, in the form of the Liberal/National Coalition (LNC), would win. But Kevin Rudd’s palace coup has made the race squeaky-tight between the LNC and the Australian […]

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UKIP targets #5 & #6: The Thanets

August 18, 2013

We have reached the halfway point in our examination of constituencies that UKIP notionally won in the May 2013 county council results UKIP were seen as doing well in May’s county council elections along the east coast. As we have seen, they notionally won three constituencies in Lincolnshire and the East of England. But they […]

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UKIP targets #3: Castle Point

July 21, 2013

Our third post in our series looking at constituencies where UKIP could win based on May’s county council results takes us to south Essex. The May 2013 county council results showed strong support for UKIP along the east coast, with them topping the poll in three parliamentary seats from The Wash to the Thames and […]

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UKIP targets #1: Boston and Skegness

June 16, 2013

May’s county council elections showed that England now has a four party system, with UKIP making a significant breakthrough.  And yet, it will still be a challenge for them to win their first seat in Parliament.  This is the first in a series looking at where there opportunities might lie, and where their support may […]

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What if Margaret Thatcher had never been born?

April 10, 2013

It is early 1925, and Beatrice and Alfred Roberts did not have a twinkle in their eyes. They decided not to get a room together one evening. The moment had passed. Margaret Thatcher was not conceived. So, if Margaret Thatcher had never been born – what would have happened within British politics? where would we […]

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Greece: The Election and Its Aftermath

May 8, 2012

Sunday’s joy at the election of Francois Hollande is tempered with the knowledge that the results of the election in Greece are likely to have a far more immediate and profound effect than those in France.    I wrote last week that the polls pointed to a potentially seismic election result, as the voters were likely […]

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London Election Round-Up

May 6, 2012

There are a lot of elections to digest this weekend: not only the London elections and the local government elections in Scotland, Wales and a number of English authorities, but also the French, Greek and Serbian elections being held today. But first, London.  The one ray of sunshine for Cameron on a dismal night for the […]

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France: good start, but not all over yet

April 23, 2012

We now know that 6 May’s second round runoff for the French presidency will between Francois Hollande (aka Monsieur Normal/ Monsieur Flanby) and Nicholas Sarkozy.  For the first time in French presidential elections, the incumbent finished second in the first round, with Sarkozy half a million votes behind Hollande.  The only previous incumbent to lose, […]

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Labour’s Council Gains: Where is as important as How Many

May 13, 2011

As George East posted on this site a few days ago, Labour’s gain of 800 council seats last Thursday is a reasonably good result. I wrote before the elections that I thought Labour would win 800. Actually, once the final results came through, the gains came to a net 857. The media speculation of a […]

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Elections 2011: The Aftermath – #7, Wales

May 11, 2011

In Wales the Assembly Elections left most of the parties scratching their heads and left many questions unanswered. The winners, I suppose, were Labour, who increased their seats by 4 and took a couple of their old heartlands back in Llanelli and Blaenau Gwent – but despite these gains and despite 42.3% of the vote, […]

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May 5th: Nothing To See Here?

April 23, 2011

Ray wrote the other day that he thought that the forthcoming elections had the potential to affect our political culture for generations.   If the AV referendum passes and it causes a meltdown in the ranks of the Conservative Party, or if it fails and the Lib Dems leave the coalition after putting Nick Clegg in […]

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Regressive Realignment Watch: Joint Candidates – Nothing To See Here

March 11, 2011

 I have noted since Allthatsleft launched that there have been increasing moves within the upper ranks of the Coalition, particularly on the Conservative side, to seek to make the arrangements between the two parties more permanent, as a way of marginalising the left in British politics permanently.  This is the exact inverse of the progressive […]

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