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Farage: not loony enough to take on 17,000 Conservative majority. Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Tory victory as Newark proves largely immune to Ukip fever

The result from the most eagerly awaited by-election of this parliament was something of an anti-climax. While parts of the leafy Nottinghamshire seat succumbed to the Ukip fever gripping the nation…
We’re just one big happy family. Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Reports of the Lib Dems’ demise are premature

In a post for The Telegraph the Conservative MEP and journalist Daniel Hannan, reckons that the Liberal Democrats are finished. Referencing both William Shakespeare and Walter Scott, Hannan claims the…
Hokey cokey: Clegg and Farage prepare to shake it all about on the European Union. EPA/Jeff Overs/BBC handout

Farage does the double, trouncing Clegg in second EU debate

The second Nick vs Nigel matchup was entertaining viewing for the political obsessives likely to make up most of its audience – both sides made their cases with clarity and passion. After an hour of detailed…
Both still standing - for now. Ian West/PA

Clegg and Farage rematch on EU membership

Most commentators agreed that Nigel Farage won round one of the Clegg vs Farage debates – if only on points. The UKIP leader was able to convey a clear message that the UK is marginalised in the EU and…
In Europe, in work. And I want to be in work… David Cheskin/PA Wire

Clegg fails to convince with ‘in crowd’ pitch on EU

Nick Clegg “is for in”. In for Europe, in for the economic benefits, and in for better student access to European finances. His argument is that Britain being in Europe will help the UK economy prosper…
Nick Clegg has more Facebook “likes” than David Cameron. David Cheskin/PA Wire

Five reasons to be miserable for the Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are in trouble. The party appears to be engaged in a very public form of hari-kiri, accelerating its own political meltdown. The heady days of 23% polling and Cleggmania in 2010 seem…
Lord Rennard is fighting against claims. Cathal McNaughton/PA

Sexual harassment claims not a new problem for the Lib Dems

A few years ago I conducted a feminist analysis of the Liberal Democrats as my PhD thesis. During the research, people (both inside and outside of the party) would often say my project was “a bit niche…
UKIP if you want. Farage is not kipping. AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Euro success for UKIP unlikely to translate to domestic arena

The election to the EU Parliament in May looks likely to be nothing short of a car-crash for Britain’s main political parties. The most recent poll by YouGov suggests UKIP is well-placed to poll in second…
Let me be clear. Because you’ll not be able to Google this later. Department for Culture Media and Sport

Tories forget how the internet works, deletegate reminds them

The 1996 election campaign that brought Bill Clinton to the White House fundamentally changed the way campaigns are run in more ways than one. Clinton’s success owed much to the genius of James Carville…
Oh, Come all ye faithful: Nick Clegg speaking to conference. David Cheskin/PA

Lib Dem conference: cracks remain despite show of unity

Three years after the Clegg-Cameron wedding in the rose garden at Number 10, the Lib Dem Conference this week in Glasgow has showed signs of the strain. Much as Clegg attempted to rally the troops by claiming…

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