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    The road not taken and the ‘bad faith’ thesis: Why a Liberal Democrat-Labour coalition never happened in May 2010

The road not taken and the ‘bad faith’ thesis: Why a Liberal Democrat-Labour coalition never happened in May 2010

Many have suggested it was the LibDem lack of good faith which scuppered a deal between the party and Labour in 2010 and not the political facts of the day. Bill Jones explores those awkward five days in May and argues that there were more compelling reasons for the LibDems to take the road they took. 

The publication last year of Andrew Adonis’s […]

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    Declining support for the Conservatives in the North and Labour in the South means outright majorities will be less and less likely

Declining support for the Conservatives in the North and Labour in the South means outright majorities will be less and less likely

The Conservative and Labour parties have seen their combined share of the overall vote decline over the last several decades. This downward trend has been especially pronounced for Conservatives in Scotland and the urban North of England and Labour politicians in the South, making it harder for either party to win a general election outright. Unless the parties can […]

December 1st, 2014|BPP archive|4 Comments|
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    The traditional parties should be on their guard for a Green surge

The traditional parties should be on their guard for a Green surge

The Green Party has seen a significant rise in party membership and voting intention. Sarah Birch investigates where the Greens’ new support is coming from and what accounts for the rising popularity. She finds that the Greens may now be attracting voters from across a wider spectrum of the population, which should give MPs looking to retain their seats in 2015 cause for concern.
In the run-up to […]

December 1st, 2014|BPP archive|1 Comment|
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    Rochester and UKIP: We shouldn’t leap to the conclusion that this by-election is a bellwether for 2015

Rochester and UKIP: We shouldn’t leap to the conclusion that this by-election is a bellwether for 2015

UKIP has won another by-election victory, with Conservative defector Mark Reckless reclaiming his Rochester & Strood seat wearing purple. On the face of it, the constituency doesn’t seem all that favourable to UKIP. Eric Kaufmann explains why UKIP has done well in Rochester, writing that low ‘social capital’ seems to characterise UKIP voters and Rochester residents. The constituency was actually a very favourable target for UKIP – we […]

December 1st, 2014|BPP archive|1 Comment|