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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.
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    Devo-max could complicate David Cameron’s plans to repeal the Human Rights Act

Devo-max could complicate David Cameron’s plans to repeal the Human Rights Act

The Conservative Party have recently re-committed to repealing the Human Rights Act (HRA) and replacing it with a ‘home grown’ British Bill of Rights. Meanwhile, discussion of what level of devolution will be afforded to Scotland in the wake of the ‘No’ vote in their independence referendum has been raging on. Here, Aileen McHargh argues that further devolution complicates the Conservatives […]

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    Avoiding talk of the deficit has been a systematic feature of Labour’s contribution to the economic debate

Avoiding talk of the deficit has been a systematic feature of Labour’s contribution to the economic debate

Ed Miliband was roundly mocked for ‘forgetting’ to mention the deficit in his speech to the Labour Party conference. However, as Jack Blumenau shows in this post, avoiding talk of the deficit is a systematic feature of Labour’s contributions to the political debate about the economy over the past four years. In a statistical analysis of parliamentary speeches, he […]

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    Prior Liberal Democrat voters who are now undecided will be crucial for the party in the 2015 general election

Prior Liberal Democrat voters who are now undecided will be crucial for the party in the 2015 general election

The Liberal Democrats have gathered in Glasgow for their annual conference. What is the scale of their challenge? Two surveys indicate that the Liberal Democrats are set to lose 75-78% of their 2010 vote, with Labour getting the highest proportion of this and other parties, including UKIP, also benefiting. Importantly, around 20%) of prior Liberal Democrat voters are now undecided, and […]

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    The government’s rehabilitation policy is in crisis due to the ready embrace of austerity

The government’s rehabilitation policy is in crisis due to the ready embrace of austerity

The government’s rehabilitation policy is in crisis, with the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling presiding over a series of monumental policy errors which have combined to erode prisoner rights and derail the “Rehabilitation Revolution” promised by his predecessor Ken Clarke, writes Richard Ridyard. He argues that Grayling’s devotion and justification of the government’s austerity policies are the root cause of the […]

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    Climate change campaigners should be cautiously optimistic after the latest UN Climate Summit

Climate change campaigners should be cautiously optimistic after the latest UN Climate Summit

World leaders met in New York on 23 September for a ‘Climate Summit’ with the aim of discussing some of the measures that will be contained within a new climate change agreement in 2015. Federica Genovese writes that while the summit provided little in the way of new commitments, it nevertheless demonstrated that the international community of climate policy supporters […]