election 2015

What’s going on in Bristol West?

Thangam Debbonaire MP  |  9 June 2014

Bristol West is 105 on the 106 key seat list, seat 39 in the Frontline 40 of seats that will comprise Labour’s majority. It has its challenges: First, hills – We have got lots. I can get across the whole constituency in 40 minutes by bicycle, a mere 15 on the way back. My calves are …

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Campaign staples

Matt Forde  |  6 June 2014

Knowing the date has taken some of the fun out of the general election, but not all of it, says Matt Forde There’s less than a year to go until the general election. From now on, the entire focus is on 7 May 2015. Which is the first problem. We already know when it’s going …

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After the celebrations

Hopi Sen  |  4 June 2014

If Labour wins next May it will face huge challenges If Labour wins next May, the joy of victory will be infectious. Gathering at cabinet to agree the Queen’s speech, Labour ministers will be eager to seize the chance to change Britain. We already know much of the party’s plan for the hectic early weeks …

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Grammar mistakes

Rich Durber  |  3 June 2014

This weekend Nigel Farage made the first mistake of his general election campaign. Appearing on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday he said that as part of a drive to tackle a lack of social mobility Ukip’s manifesto will include a pledge to create a grammar school in every town. This announcement was a departure …

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What is the Tories’ blueprint for winning?

Deborah Mattinson  |  2 June 2014

Of course, I have no idea what the Conservatives’ strategy for 2015 is – but after listening to swing voters in marginal seats up and down the country I have a few thoughts about what it should be if they want to win. BritainThinks’ work for Progress, Meet the Swing Voters – a stern reminder …

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There is an alternative

Hopi Sen  |  15 May 2014

Labour’s had a bit of a polling shock. A Tory lead has been a bucket of cold water in the face of Labour’s optimists, who have been talking for the last few years about a progressive realignment, an emerging Labour majority of loyalists, the young, and former Liberal Democrat voters. Panicking is a stupid, useless …

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Five tests for 2015

Hopi Sen  |  13 May 2014

How to measure Labour’s progress over the next 12 months Some historically minded psephologists apply the trends of the past, and produce models that predict Tory recovery and Labour decline: few oppositions win from the poll share Labour enjoys. For Labour’s pessimists, our lead is too fragile for victory. Others point out the uniqueness of …

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Axelrod for our own back

Matt Forde  |  9 May 2014

Why are we making promotional videos about our advisers, asks Matt Forde I feel so bad for saying this, but I can’t believe we put out a video announcing that David Axelrod is now advising the Labour party. Or, more to the point, I can’t believe that David Axelrod put out a video announcing that …

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Not just a historic opportunity, but a life-changing one

Bex Bailey  |  2 May 2014

The elections on 22 May are vitally important, but they are not an isolated event; they are part of a wider strategy to achieve a Labour government that will deliver the opportunities and support that so many are crying out for. We have a fight on our hands to win back councils like Redbridge and …

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The faces of our 2015 majority

Jacqui Smith  |  7 April 2014

Today I want to pay tribute to the work and sacrifice of our prospective parliamentary candidates and to consider their pivotal role in achieving a Labour majority. There have been some great selections over the weekend and in recent weeks and those very able candidates have got a lot of work ahead in the coming …

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