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Lord Ashcroft

Labour and Conservative supporters’ placards, held on the occasion of a visit by Gordon Brown to Cardiff during the 2010 election campaign. Image: Getty

Lord Ashcroft’s poll shows a swing to Labour in Tory-held marginal seats

20 August 2014 16:31

One of the most fascinating things about Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll is not its content, but who in the Conservative party will be reading it. Naturally, those trying to hold… Continue reading

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The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

Proof that the Liberal Democrats are a party of ninnies

30 June 2014 16:44

I know that it is unfashionable to feel sorry for Liberal Democrat MPs. Nevertheless there are times when, contemplating their unhappy lot,  it seems appropriate to feel the odd pang… Continue reading

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The Lib Dems are set to lose 15 seats to the Conservatives at the next election.

Tories set to take a dozen seats from Lib Dems in 2015

19 June 2014 18:03

How many seats will the Conservatives take from the Lib Dems at the next election? According to Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling, a dozen or so Tory-Lib Dem marginals look set… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Boris Johnson campaigning in Newark before the by-election. photo: Getty Images.

Tories on course to win Newark by-election, says Ashcroft poll

2 June 2014 17:27

The Tories are looking ever more likely to hold Newark in Thursday’s by-election. In a new poll from Lord Ashcroft this afternoon, the Conservatives are now on 47 per cent… Continue reading

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Who will be the next Prime Minister? Lord Ashcroft's polling suggests Ed Miliband. Photo: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/GettyImages

Five things you need to know about Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling

24 May 2014 21:45

Labour is on course to win the next general election, according to Lord Ashcroft. In two polls — one of 26 Tory-Labour marginal constituencies and another national poll carried out… Continue reading

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Tories ahead in national poll for first time since 2012

12 May 2014 15:48

The Tories are ahead in a national opinion poll for the first time since 2012. The first Lord Ashcroft/Conservative Home poll has the Tories ahead by two points, on 34 to… Continue reading

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Who is David Cameron? Read all about it

28 February 2014 14:45

Whatever happens to David Cameron, he will have some reading material post 2015. Dr Anthony Seldon has announced that he will be writing about the Cameron years, just as he… Continue reading

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

Labour on track to beat Ukip in Wythenshawe & Sale East

6 February 2014 16:05

Will Ukip make great gains in the Wythenshawe & Sale East by-election next week? According to the latest polling from Lord Ashcroft, the party has increased its vote share by… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft is no friend of Dave.

Lord Ashcroft to embark on biography of David Cameron

12 November 2013 16:00

Lord Ashcroft is writing a biography of David Cameron, which can’t have pleased the prime minister: the pair fell out, spectacularly, after the 2010 election. Ashcroft has announced that the… Continue reading

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Lord, actually

19 September 2013 17:58

Lord Ashcroft’s Lunch Offensive continues, mercilessly. When he’s not entertaining Tom Watson and other animals, the former Tory donor can be spotted plotting with naughtier Cabinet ministers and loose-lipped journalists.… Continue reading

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The Tories are facing a serious Ukip problem

15 September 2013 19:21

Is Ukip damaging the Tories in crucial marginal constituencies? As I wrote earlier this week, the next election is looking to be close, but there has been much speculation as… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond outside the Scottish Parliament. Two institutions disliked by Scottish voters. Photo: Getty Images.

Scottish voters don’t like independence, their Parliament, what it does or the leaders

9 September 2013 18:23

What do Scottish voters think about the Scottish Parliament? Nothing particularly pleasant, according to Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling. The Tory peer has asked 12,000 Scots over the last few months… Continue reading

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Peter Cruddas is writing a book about his falling out with Downing St.

Cruddas’s revenge

7 August 2013 17:51

Roll up, roll up, Cameron-bashers everywhere. Peter Cruddas is planning to blow some of the £180,000 he won in libel damages against the Sunday Times with a ‘Victory Party’ at… Continue reading

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Words that come to mind when thinking of Boris Johnson. Picture: Lord Ashcroft Polling.

Boris Johnson: an eminently likeable politician who poses little threat to David Cameron

28 June 2013 8:08

Even Boris can’t help the toxic Tories. That’s the upshot of Lord Ashcroft’s latest polling, which asked 8,000 people (including several focus groups outside of London) about what they think of… Continue reading

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Now David Cameron trails behind his party, will Tories turn to Boris Johnson? Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

David Cameron is no longer more popular than his party

7 June 2013 18:19

For the first time, David Cameron is trailing behind his party, according to the latest polling from Lord Ashcroft. Labour has long struggled with this problem, but as the charts… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft was the ghost of Christmas Future, showing the Tories what will happen if they don't change their ways.

Lord Ashcroft’s message to the Tories: you’re doomed in 2015

9 March 2013 15:39

I’m at the ConservativeHome ‘Victory 2015′ conference today, which after Lord Ashcroft’s presentation should perhaps be renamed Annihilation 2015. He started the day with one of his mega expensive polls… Continue reading

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Just deserts for Labour's John O'Farrell in Eastleigh? Photo: Getty Images.

Labour are the real losers in Eastleigh

26 February 2013 11:38

The Lib Dems are still on course to hold Eastleigh. Despite the loss of Britain’s AAA credit rating and the unfurling Rennard scandal, Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll today puts their candidate Mike… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft no longer sees David Cameron's Conservative party as a winning prospect. Photo: Getty Images.

What Lord Ashcroft’s breakup with the Tories means for David Cameron

24 February 2013 16:43

Now Lord Ashcroft has withdrawn his funding (£) from the Tory party, what implications does the move have for David Cameron? Much like losing Britain’s AAA rating this week, it’s less about… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft has some friendly advice for Lynton Crosby. Image: Getty

Lord Ashcroft’s friendly advice for Lynton Crosby

20 November 2012 13:07

‘Passive Aggressiveness – a personality trait or disorder marked by a pervasive pattern of negative attitudes and passive, usually disavowed, resistance in interpersonal or occupational situations.’ Theory aside, Lord Ashcroft’s… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft has returned to the government's bosum. Will that shut him up? Image: Getty.

The peer who came in from the cold

6 September 2012 12:34

Mr Steerpike reported last week that the Tories’ shadowy donor-cum-puppetmaster, Lord Ashcroft was shunned in America. But it’s not all bad news for the man dubbed the sleaze of Belize.… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft frozen out, again

28 August 2012 12:31

The Tories’ shadowy donor-cum-puppetmaster has been given the cold shoulder, yet again. Taking full proprietor privileges at ConservativeHome, he’s taken aim at young Dave’s departed brain, Steve Hilton. It seems… Continue reading

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Ed welcomes in the Northamptonshire voters. Photo: PA

Conservative Corby slips away

16 August 2012 18:30

The first polling on the Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election is out today and not surprisingly, it suggests that Labour will take the seat by a landslide. The poll commissioned… Continue reading

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The Chancellor George Osborne Prepares To Give His Budget To Parliament

The Osborne question

21 June 2012 8:30

There is a simple rule in Tory politics: do not cross Lord Ashcroft. There is little love between the Conservative leadership and Ashcroft, the man who sustained the Tories through… Continue reading

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What difference the Scottish independence question makes

2 February 2012 11:39

A very useful contribution from Lord Ashcroft this morning, in the form of a poll he’s commissioned on Scottish independence. What sets Ashcroft’s poll apart from previous surveys is that… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft’s Common Sense

26 October 2011 18:25

Good stuff from Lord Ashcroft this morning. Good because, obviously, he agrees with me that the Tory obsession with Europe and, just as importantly, the style in which that obsession… Continue reading

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