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It’s Labour’s loss if they don’t take Ukip voters seriously

13 May 2015 11:08

Almost four million people voted for Ukip on 7 May. That, in itself, is an astonishing achievement for a party which is a) newish and b) endured more vilification than even… Continue reading

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New SNP MPs take drinking advice from Alex Salmond

12 May 2015 10:45

Ahead of the arrival of 56 SNP MPs in Westminster yesterday, Alex Salmond offered his new colleagues some advice in a recent interview. He said: ‘Make your voice heard, represent your constituents, and stay… Continue reading

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Britain’s youngest MP is given a warm Westminster welcome

11 May 2015 16:25

Warning: The SNP revolution has begun in Westminster. This afternoon Nicola Sturgeon arrived at parliament with her 56 newly elected SNP MPs in tow. However, despite talk of discord between the… Continue reading

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How will SNP MPs operate in Parliament?

11 May 2015 15:35

Most of the new SNP MPs celebrated their party’s amazing result in the general election today with a photo call outside Parliament. They certainly looked an impressive bloc of parliamentarians,… Continue reading

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Why Ukip will descend into sectarian chaos

9 May 2015 23:50

Yes, yes, I know it’s supposed to be ‘unfair’ that Ukip ended up with only one MP while securing 13 per cent of the popular vote. But that’s first-past-the-post for… Continue reading

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Has Ed Miliband got something clever up his sleeve?

7 May 2015 18:42

How will Ed Miliband manage tomorrow if Labour does end up the second largest party but with a viable ‘anti-Tory alliance’ in the House of Commons? The Tories are trying… Continue reading

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Let them eat (Sturgeon) cake

7 May 2015 13:23

An interesting election day parcel has arrived at the Spectator office: it contains a box of ‘party leader cupcakes’ from Sky News. ‘We recommend eating David, Ed, Nick, Nigel, Nicola,… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg got coalition wrong. Tomorrow, he’ll pay the price

6 May 2015 18:42

It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Nick Clegg. He’s a decent man who took a tough decision to put his party into coalition with the Conservatives, and… Continue reading

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If the SNP doesn’t hate the English, why do so many of its supporters behave as if they do?

6 May 2015 16:48

You get bad losers in politics and bad winners, too, but it’s surely a rare business to get a bad winner who didn’t actually win. Yet this, since they lost… Continue reading

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I have worked out the only possible way to build a viable government (but it’s not pretty)

6 May 2015 16:28

For the past few days the BBC website has had an interactive game where you have to build your own coalition, using a series of possible results from tomorrow’s election.… Continue reading

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This election campaign has shown a democracy in a horrible state of disrepair

6 May 2015 10:47

It is often said that we get the politicians we deserve. But throughout this election I have kept wondering, ‘Are we really as bad as all this?’ The answer must… Continue reading

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Why elections are bad for your health

6 May 2015 10:30

The excitement and anxiety was tangible during the election of 1997. Even as a child I was able to pick up on it. I saw the signs of stress in… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon has her eyes on the prize (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty)

Scotland is on the verge of becoming a one-party state

5 May 2015 11:41

My constituency is one of the SNP’s most coveted prizes. If they win in Midlothian they can win almost anywhere. This is Gladstone’s old seat, where the modern political campaign… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: SNP voter trolls the Secretary of State for Scotland

4 May 2015 18:28

Although one recent poll suggested that the SNP will win every seat in Scotland, there are still a few Liberal Democrat MPs who hope to retain their seats come Thursday. However, although Alistair… Continue reading

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Three reasons why Labour might not actually want to govern

4 May 2015 16:01

There’s an episode of The New Statesman in which geologists discover that there’s no more oil in the North Sea and the British economy is about to crash; as a… Continue reading

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Michael Gove claims Tories will win more seats in Scotland than Labour

1 May 2015 13:04

Michael Gove was out and about with fifty odd Tory activists dressed as Nicola Sturgeon in Westminster today, when he made an extraordinarily bold prediction about next week’s election results.… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme with the three main party leaders appearing separately, at Leeds Town Hall on April 30, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Ed Miliband’s refusal to admit that Labour overspent could cost him dear

30 April 2015 23:02

Tonight’s Question Time special with Cameron, Miliband and Clegg provided the best television of this campaign so far. A well-informed audience relentlessly pressed the three leaders on their weakest points.… Continue reading

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The spin room at the ITV debate. Photo: Isabel Hardman

A (partial) defence of the spin room

30 April 2015 15:27

Tonight’s ‘Question Time’-style TV debates will be followed by what has become probably the most hated aspect of this rather uninspiring general election campaign: the spin room. This spectacle of… Continue reading

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First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon speaks during a UK general election campaign speech in Glasgow, Scotland on April 29, 2015.

New poll suggests SNP will win all 59 seats in Scotland

29 April 2015 11:32

Just when Scottish Labour didn’t think it could get any worse, a new poll suggests they are now facing total wipe out next Thursday. According to Ipsos MORI/STV News, the… Continue reading

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Trident has become a political weapon in certain constituencies

28 April 2015 13:58

One constituency where the Tory attacks about a possible deal between Labour and the SNP work very well is Barrow and Furness, where Labour’s John Woodcock is standing for re-election.… Continue reading

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David Cameron, U.K. prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party, speaks as he visits navigation and surveillance manufacturer Kelvin Hughes Ltd. while campaigning for votes ahead of the May 7 general election, in the Enfield district of London, U.K., on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Election podcast special: nine days to go

28 April 2015 12:30

In today’s election podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss David Cameron’s ramped up rhetoric on the SNP threat to the Union, the Tories’ promise to create 50,000 new apprenticeships from Libor fines… Continue reading

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Will Cameron’s ‘10 days to save the Union’ message work?

28 April 2015 10:38

David Cameron continues his anti-SNP campaign today, launching what the Times calls his ‘strongest attack so far’ on a Labour-SNP government. The Prime Minister tells the paper that there are… Continue reading

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Campaign kick-off: nine days to go

28 April 2015 9:13

David Cameron is upping the ante on the SNP today, warning voters there’s just ‘ten days to save the United Kingdom’ — despite the fact the election is now nine… 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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British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, gives a speech during a UK general election campaign visit at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London on April 27, 2015.

Election podcast special: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 12:30

The general election campaign has entered the final stretch and each day between now and polling day, we’ll be producing a short lunchtime podcast looking at the day’s campaign developments.… Continue reading

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