Nick Clegg sets hearts aflutter

May 1, 2010

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Forget the Liberal Democrat policy on the Single Transferable Vote. It’s 43-year-old Nick Clegg’s boyish looks that are winning round the voters.

Anything can happen in UK election – and probably will

April 30, 2010

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We hosted a fascinating debate this morning on the implications of a hung parliament for business and markets. British Banking Association Chief Executive Angela Knight, a former Conservative MP; Jefferies Chief Financial Economist David Owen; parliamentary expert Philip Cowley; and pollster Bobby Duffy of Ipsos MORI were the panellists and the debate covered everything from the possibility of Prime Minister Clegg (Knight’s verdict: “the sort of person you’d like your daughter to bring home to marry, but you really don’t want him running the country”) to fears over the double whammy on May 7 of an unclear result and no resolution over a Greece deal.

Jack Straw rejects plans to cut MPs

April 23, 2010

Justice Secretary Jack Straw spared me a few minutes on the campaign trail to explain why he doesn’t agree with Conservative and Liberal Democrat plans to cut the number of members of parliament.

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TweetTracker shows Nick Clegg most liked

April 12, 2010


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Labour lavish spending a thing of the past?

April 12, 2010

Gordon Brown chose a brand new 545 million pound hospital as the backdrop to unveil Labour’s election manifesto but the document signals that Labour’s past lavish spending on infrastructure is a thing of the past.

Once a prince of darkness, now loving the limelight

April 7, 2010

BRITAIN-ELECTION/“Enjoy it!” That was the message from Peter Mandelson to Labour supporters this morning as he launched a vitriolic attack on the Conservatives during a speech in central London, clearly relishing every minute of it. Once nicknamed the “prince of darkness” for his ability to mastermind Labour’s strategy from behind the scenes, Mandelson has transformed into the party’s best public performer.

Blast from the past as Blair enters campaign

March 30, 2010

Tony BlairTony Blair was back on the campaign trail today, doing what he does best, but whether the voters were happy to see him again is open to question.

from The Great Debate UK:

Old traditions die hard in UK election campaigning

March 29, 2010

number10A study of constituency-level campaign techniques undertaken by Brunel University ahead of a general election expected in early May shows that direct mail is by far the most common method of contact used by politicians to reach potential voters.