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Nigel Farage takes inspiration from Al Gore

10 October 2014 15:38

Al Gore is an unlikely source of inspiration for Ukip – in fact the party once pledged to ban the former Vice President’s controversial climate change documentary from schools, calling… Continue reading

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Ukip wins Clacton from the Tories and runs Labour mighty close in Heywood & Middleton

9 October 2014 22:18

2.50am Douglas Carswell’s victory speech, after winning a 12,404 majority, was not triumphalist: there was no tub-thumping. Instead, he said that Ukip must be the party of 1st and 2nd… Continue reading

Douglas Carswell poses outside a polling station in Clacton-on-Sea (Photo: Ben Stansall, AFP)

New party, same old politics for Douglas Carswell

9 October 2014 16:49

Douglas Carswell is not like normal politicians; he’s authentic, genuine and in touch with real people. Or so the spin goes. So what was today’s by-election-day stunt at a polling… Continue reading

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Visits Eastleigh To Canvass With Candidate Diane James

All you need to know about the Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election

21 January 2014 16:05

It’s by-election time once more. In just over three weeks, the voters of Wythenshawe and Sale East in Greater Manchester will head to the polls on the 13 February to… Continue reading

After Ukip's second place in Eastleigh, Farage thinks they can win a by-election. Picture: PA

Nigel Farage shouldn’t get Ukip’s hopes up for a win in Portsmouth South

24 April 2013 11:56

Talk of a by-election in Portsmouth South has been growing, fuelled by allegations against MP Mike Hancock. And, in a speech to the parliamentary press gallery lunch yesterday, Nigel Farage… Continue reading

Tories campaigning in Eastleigh

‘We called quite a few dead people’: How the Tories’ lack of data let them down in Eastleigh

2 March 2013 15:54

At 9.15pm, with 45 minutes until polls closed in the Eastleigh by-election, the ‘get out the vote’ telephone operation at Conservative Central Headquarters stopped. As one fellow volunteer put it,… Continue reading

Are Tory MPs acting like Corporal Jones yet? Not really.

Eastleigh result: the Tories aren’t panicking, but that doesn’t mean they won’t

1 March 2013 17:17

Don’t panic, don’t panic! But are the Tories actually panicking about the Eastleigh result? Coffee House readers will have seen Stewart Jackson’s call on the government to get more robust… Continue reading

UKIP campaigned heavily on immigration in Eastleigh. Picture: Getty

Eastleigh by-election: The Tories are suffering for gay marriage, and need to focus on migrants and a cost of living budget

1 March 2013 9:50

It would be churlish to suggest that the Eastleigh by-election is ‘disastrous’, but coming third in a seat we polled almost 40 per cent in the general election is not… Continue reading

Maria Hutchings

Move to the right? The Tories need to worry about anti-politics voters too

1 March 2013 9:22

So in the end Eastleigh went for the ‘crisis for Cameron’ option by putting the Tories in third behind UKIP. For those opponents of the Prime Minister, last night’s result… Continue reading


Eastleigh: the different results and what they’d mean

28 February 2013 22:41

So now that the polls have closed in Eastleigh, here are the likely scenarios for tonight’s Eastleigh by-election result, and what each combination will mean: A) 1. Tories 2. Liberal… Continue reading

Nick Clegg and Lib Dem Eastleigh candidate Mike Thornton. Picture: Getty

How will the Rennard allegations affect the Eastleigh by-election?

25 February 2013 12:15

What effect will the Rennard allegations have on the Eastleigh by-election? Channel 4 has been working on the story for months, but it is obviously taking off at an inconvenient… Continue reading

Eric Pickles is campaigning in Eastleigh today. Picture: Getty

Eric Pickles in Eastleigh: Lib Dems are holding Tories back

22 February 2013 17:05

All the evidence is pointing to a Lib Dem win in Eastleigh, but those Tories visiting are continuing to fight to the bitter end. Eric Pickles was down there today,… Continue reading

Boris Johnson campaigning in Eastleigh yesterday. Picture: Getty

Eastleigh shows how difficult the 2015 Tory/Lib Dem fight will be

21 February 2013 12:31

The good news for Nick Clegg—and the bad news for David Cameron—is that the Liberal Democrats are racing certainties to hold Eastleigh in the by-election next Thursday. As I say… Continue reading

The Conservatives' latest campaign poster in Eastleigh

Maria Hutchings says what she thinks. But is she thinking what Eastleigh voters are thinking?

19 February 2013 10:24

One of the key strands of the Conservative campaign in Eastleigh is trust: not just because campaigners can remind voters about Chris Huhne, but thanks to a contrast they can… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: In which Cameron both chooses and answers the questions.

13 February 2013 16:54

Whoosh! Crasshh! Ploophm! Crummppp! The personal attacks came pounding in on David Cameron today. Ed Miliband asked about declining living standards and set about portraying the prime minister as an… Continue reading

George Osborne on the campaign trail with Maria Hutchings in Eastleigh. Picture: Getty

Eastleigh by-election parties fight over policy they both support

13 February 2013 11:56

Alarming news reaches this blog from the Eastleigh by-election, where the battle has descended into a catfight about a policy the two main parties support at national level. How unusual… Continue reading

Maria Hutchings and Grant Shapps campaigning in Eastleigh. Picture: PA

Tory poll weaknesses show why an Eastleigh win is so important

11 February 2013 15:13

The latest ICM poll for The Guardian is interesting because it highlights the weakness in both the Tory and Labour positions. The Tories are 12 points behind on 29, doing… Continue reading

Labour has had a stall in Eastleigh for two weeks already, while the Tories visited the constituency nine months ago. Picture: PA

Labour’s Eastleigh by-election fight

10 February 2013 10:51

The Eastleigh by-election machine is well and truly up and running this weekend, with ministers starting to make their way down to the Hampshire constituency to start campaigning. The focus… Continue reading

Tory campaign poster

Tories use Chris Huhne as Eastleigh by-election weapon

8 February 2013 16:58

The Conservatives have just published their poster for the Eastleigh by-election. Like most campaigns, they’re capitalising on the fact that the Tory candidate, Maria Hutchings, is local. But in their… Continue reading

Chris Huhne's successor will be elected on 28 February. Picture: Getty

Briefing: Everything you need to know about Eastleigh

8 February 2013 16:49

After Chris Huhne’s resignation, the by-election campaign in Eastleigh is already well underway. James explains the political significance of this Lib Dem-Tory battle in this week’s Spectator, but here are… Continue reading

Chris Huhne at the launch of his 2006 bid for the Lib Dem leadership. He has resigned as an MP. Picture: Getty

Chris Huhne resignation: CCHQ cranks up the by-election machine

4 February 2013 12:44

Chris Huhne’s guilty plea alters the political landscape. There’s now no need for a reshuffle to accommodate his return to the top table of British politics. Huhne, who ran for… Continue reading

Last night's by-election results suggest that UKIP has to be taken seriously. Image: Getty

Is voting Lib Dem just a state of mind?

30 November 2012 17:05

‘UKIP is not a party but a state of mind’ wrote the usually excellent Matthew d’Ancona in a remarkably sniffy column a couple of days back. Now, given that UKIP… Continue reading

Labour won by-elections in Croydon North, Middlesbrough and Rotherham yesterday. Picture: Getty Images

Labour’s safe seats stay safe

30 November 2012 11:58

In the end, the threat from smaller parties came to nothing, and Labour easily retained all of the three safe seats it was defending yesterday. In fact, they extended their… Continue reading

Ed Miliband and Sarah Champion, Labour Party candidate for the forthcoming Rotherham by-election, talk to stallholders during a visit to Rotherham Market. Picture: PA

Labour is sitting a little less comfortably for tomorrow’s by-elections

28 November 2012 17:01

Tomorrow’s three by-elections — the 11th, 12th and 13th since the general election — should have been three easy Labour victories. They are defending majorities of 16,481 in Croydon North,… Continue reading

General Election - Week 4

Can Labour avoid another Bradford West?

2 November 2012 18:14

There’s no such thing as a safe seat in a by-election as Bradford West demonstrated. But it would still be a major shock if Labour lost Rotherham, a seat they’ve… Continue reading