Newark by-election

Six things we’ve learnt from the Newark by-election

6 June 2014 11:42

So, the Tories have managed to hold onto Newark with a surprising 7,000 majority. For Ukip, it was a disappointing…

The Tories have triumphed in Newark. Can they do the same in a national campaign?

6 June 2014 10:56

The Tories now have a great deal of confidence after Newark. It’s not just, as George Osborne said on the…

Tories hold Newark with a 7,000 majority

6 June 2014 3:53

The Tories have held Newark with a comfortable majority of 7,000 plus. The party will be relieved to have won…

Grant Shapps has built an activists’ team to fight for the Tories in Newark – and in 2015

2 June 2014 16:36

The CCHQ strategy is to never to talk about strategy, but Tory chairman Grant Shapps cannot hide his excitement on this…

Roger Helmer is a gift to CCHQ, so the Tories need to do really well in Newark

6 May 2014 20:48

Well, the Ukip constituency association in Newark has certainly considered Nigel Farage’s musings on the success of appointing an unknown…

Ukip selects Roger Helmer as candidate for Newark by-election

6 May 2014 17:09

As expected, Ukip has announced that Roger Helmer will be the party’s candidate for the upcoming Newark by-election on 5 June.…

Why Farage isn’t standing in Newark

30 April 2014 9:43

I always thought that it was unlikely that Nigel Farage would stand in Newark. When I discussed the prospect of…

Farage (wisely) bottles the Newark by-election: ‘I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior’

30 April 2014 8:31

Much relief in Downing Street this morning as Nigel Farage announces that he’s not standing in the Newark by-election. Coffee…

The Mercer mess

30 April 2014 8:02

Patrick Mercer has gone out in style. One Tory MP, hearing that the whips had tried to dissuade him from…

Who could win the Newark by-election?

29 April 2014 19:00

Who stands the best chance of winning the Newark by-election after Patrick Mercer’s resignation? It is a safe Conservative seat,…

Patrick Mercer quits as MP and triggers awkward by-election in Newark

29 April 2014 18:53

Patrick Mercer has quit as an MP. The Sun has the story, with the former Conservative saying: ‘It is clear…