Lord Ashcroft

Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning. Photo: PA.

Lord Ashcroft opens bidding for the #EdStone

10 June 2015 14:31

With the Labour party under increasing scrutiny for taking donations from the trade unions, they may have to start to rely more heavily on private donors. So it’s good news that… Continue reading

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Tory strategist Lynton Crosby.

Lynton Crosby vs. Lord Ashcroft round two: ‘he’s not a pollster’

2 June 2015 15:09

Those hoping one of Westminster’s most entertaining ongoing feuds would cool after the election will be disappointed. As the dust settled on David Cameron’s majority, his 2010 confident and in-house… Continue reading

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Isabel Oakeshott and Lord Ashcroft travelled to Moscow to research for their biography of David Cameron (Credit: @IsabelOakeshott)

Lord Ashcroft travels to Russia to research his David Cameron biography

18 May 2015 17:01

The British government’s relationship with Russia is somewhat frosty since David Cameron ordered 75 British soldiers to Ukraine earlier this year to help the country defend itself against Russia. With diplomatic relations at… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft’s polling overlooked many of the real election battlegrounds

15 May 2015 17:50

Lord Ashcroft has likened the current state of the polling industry with that of the Liberal Democrats, but he could quite have easily chosen the Labour party as a comparison.… Continue reading

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The polling debacle – and the wisdom of Walt Whitman

12 May 2015 18:45

I was at the IEA/Taxpayers’ Alliance post-election conference yesterday, listening to Lord Ashcroft giving facts and figures about why voters chose the Tories. Given how wrong all of the pollsters were,… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at a construction site for the South Devon Link Road as a rainbow is seen behind him on May 5, 2015 in Devon, England.

Campaign-kick off: 24 hours to go

6 May 2015 8:11

Finally, after six weeks of campaigning, endless opinion polls and the semi-TV debates, the final day of the 2015 general election campaign is upon us. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg speaks at the Citizens UK event at Westminster Central Hall on May 4, 2015 in London, England.

Campaign kick-off: 48 hours to go

5 May 2015 10:12

Polling day is nigh upon us and the campaigns are going into overdrive today as the party leaders jump on buses, trains and planes to zoom around as many marginal… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg speaks to  party activists alongside Jasper Gerard (left), the partyÕs candidate for Maidstone & The Weald, at Hush Heath Winery on May 3, 2015 in Tonbridge, England.

New Sheffield Hallam poll raises questions about Lord Ashcroft’s methodology

4 May 2015 21:30

If Nick Clegg loses in Sheffield Hallam, it would be the Portillo moment of the 2015 election. After several tight polls, a new survey from ICM this evening suggests that the Lib Dem… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft’s final marginal polling shows how tight the election remains

1 May 2015 22:24

Lord Ashcroft has released his final marginal polls before the election, looking at ten marginal seats in England and Scotland. The Tories are set to hold onto four key marginals:… Continue reading

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Has the Tory crossover in the polls finally arrived?

30 April 2015 16:27

As election day nears, the number of polls appearing is rapidly increasing. But it still remains very tight and the movements are generally within the margin of error. But there is… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg And Nigel Farage Debate Britain's EU Membership

Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg still locked in tight battles to win their seats

29 April 2015 17:47

Will there be a Portillo moment on election night with any of the party leaders? Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage are two most likely leaders to lose and Lord Ashcroft… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage Speaks At Master Investor Event

Ukip struggling in key target seats

27 April 2015 20:50

Ukip is expected to do well in a handful of seats, but where? Lord Ashcroft has polled four marginal seats where he’s previously found the people’s army doing well. Two of… Continue reading

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Tories six points ahead in new Ashcroft poll and three points ahead according to ICM

27 April 2015 16:55

Two new polls out today have the Tories ahead. Lord Ashcroft’s latest national poll says the Conservatives currently have a six point lead at per cent — up two points… Continue reading

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Van Dycke's 'Portrait of Sir William Killigrew', acquired for Tate Britain by Sir Christopher Ondaatje

The arts rely on the generosity of non-doms. We pursue them at our peril

27 April 2015 16:32

This much we know. If Ed Miliband wins, he will reintroduce the 50p top rate of tax, impose a mansion tax on homes worth over £2 million and abolish rules enabling registered… Continue reading

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Jo Swinson in Bishopbriggs

Do Labour voters hate the SNP enough to save the Lib Dems?

24 April 2015 12:36

For someone who might be about to lose her seat, Jo Swinson seems very perky as she walks the streets of Bishopbriggs in her constituency. The Lib Dem, who is… Continue reading

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Jacob Rees-Mogg Visits New Bagpuss Pop-up Shop

Tories are consolidating while Labour are extending leads in key marginals

14 April 2015 16:14

Lord Ashcroft has released his latest round of polling, looking at ten competitive Tory-Labour seats. In all of the constituencies, Ashcroft has reported swings to Labour, ranging from 0.5 per cent… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron talks with a local family as he campaigns on April 13, 2015 in Alnwick, England.

Campaign kick-off: 23 days to go

14 April 2015 9:12

Today, it’s the Conservative Party’s turn to release its manifesto. Labour pushed out its own document ‘Britain can do better’ yesterday, so it’s Tories’ turn to try and better it.… Continue reading

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Exclusive: David Cameron’s official biographer responds to Lord Ashcroft

13 April 2015 15:58

This morning Lord Ashcroft wrote a blog post for ConservativeHome detailing information regarding his upcoming biography of David Cameron, Call me Dave. Ashcroft, who is known to have a lukewarm… Continue reading

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It’s now too late for Tories (or Labour) to change what people think about them

12 April 2015 7:04

My most recent constituency polling has found an increase in support for Labour and the Conservatives (and, in their own battlegrounds, the Liberal Democrats) while the UKIP share has drifted… Continue reading

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Protesters hold placards and signs against nuclear weapons during a rally against the Trident nuclear programme in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, on April 4, 2015.

Campaign kick-off: 28 days to go

9 April 2015 9:56

Trident is set to be the big issue today — but the fight isn’t just about policy. Several newspapers have splashed on the news that the Tories are attempting to… Continue reading

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Ashcroft marginal polls show Tory-Labour races remain tight — and Ukip is falling behind

8 April 2015 21:37

The Tory-Labour battleground remains very close. Lord Ashcroft has returned to ten competitive marginal seats in his latest round of polling and has found swings to Labour, ranging from 0.5… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg Visits Scotland

Could Nick Clegg really lose his seat?

1 April 2015 13:29

Will the Liberal Democrats avoid being wiped out at the upcoming election? In his latest round of constituency polling, Lord Ashcroft has revisited eight Liberal Democrat marginal constituencies he deems to… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft jets off into the sunset

31 March 2015 16:49

So farewell then Lord Ashcroft: well, not quite. The former Tory Party treasurer has announced today that he has resigned his life peerage, yet will be able to keep his… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman chat during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Two more polls suggest Ed Miliband’s ‘Paxo bounce’ is sliding away

30 March 2015 23:56

Ed Miliband’s so-called ‘Paxo bounce’ in the opinion polls is ebbing away. The polls out this evening have the Conservatives either level pegging with Labour or slightly ahead. Tonight’s latest from YouGov/The Sun… Continue reading

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Still no lead: Tories and Labour tied in two new polls

23 March 2015 23:51

Two polls out today have the Conservatives and Labour neck and neck, while another has Labour ahead by two points. Lord Ashcroft’s national poll has the two main parties at 33 per cent… Continue reading

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