Articles tagged with Nigel Farage
by Tor Clark / 20 Nov 2012 10:44
“Make no mistake,” Andy Sawford beamed, “since this constituency existed, no party has formed a government without winning here.”
The seat has been with the biggest party at every election since its creation in 1983, most marginally in 1992, but also narrowly in 1987 and 2010. But has does his victory herald a breakthrough for Ed Miliband’s rebranded One Nation Labour Party?
Sawford won 17,267 votes for Labour, a respectable 48 per
by Christian May / 31 Aug 2012 12:20
Nothing excites UKIP quite like a defection, whether its an MEP, a Councillor or the droves of young Conservatives whose shifting allegiance seems to be behind a dramatic rise in the number of young UKIP members. What does this mean for the Tory party’s youth wing and what does it mean for the party more broadly?
Gawain Towler, UKIP’s long-serving spokesman and advocate, remembers what it was like before Nigel Farage’s brand of
by Mark Pack / 20 Apr 2012 12:14
Liberal Democrats, and before them Social Democrats and Liberals too, are well used to a surge in poll figures seeing them overtake another party and so generate a flurry of excited predictions about the future of British politics.
Yet more often that they would wish, such surges have often subsequently largely or completely receded. So it is no surprise that Liberal Democrat insiders have been reacting with calm analysis to the smattering of
by Alexander Wickham / 13 Apr 2012 14:18
They say the first step is to admit that you have a problem. But when it comes to politics, it’s never quite that straightforward.
This week has seen something of a confused Tory backlash in the face of the threat that no one in the party wants to talk about: UKIP. Conservative apparatchiks have been doing the rounds in the papers and on the blogs dismissing out of hand the suggestion that the
by Charlotte Henry / 09 Dec 2011 12:54
It seems that right-wing politicians and commentators just can't resist. Any mention of Europe and the alarm bells go off, the red mist descends (ironically), and these normally fairly calm, intelligent, eloquent human beings start foaming at the mouth like rabid dogs. They did it over the Human Rights Act, and they are doing it again while Europe is plunged into a deep and dangerous economic crisis.
Now is simply not the time
by Alexander Wickham / 22 Nov 2011 11:43
Last week Tim Montgomerie made a particularly cogent point about how the British media has been reporting the eurozone crisis.
In light of the increasingly important role of Angela Merkel and the German government, the ConHome editor implores: ‘can we talk about Germany without resorting to World War II imagery?’
This is a question that merits considerable thought. Have our newspapers and commentators been justified in their suspicion of German motives
by Holly Smith / 07 Nov 2011 12:22
Theresa May faces a tough time in the Commons today when she takes questions on the Home Office, and makes a statement on the way border controls were secretly relaxed this summer. She will have to answer questions on whether any terror suspects are thought to have entered the country during that period.
May had better have some good answers because take immigration, one of the most controversial of all
by Caroline Crampton / 04 Mar 2011 07:04
The Lib Dems did worse even than I predicted last night. Dominic Carman did indeed lose his deposit. He came sixth in the field of nine candidates, beaten by UKIP, the Tories, the BNP and an independent.
Labour will be celebrating today, but really with little cause. Dan Jarvis's victory is no surprise. Perhaps the only surprising aspect of his victory is that voters don't seem to have punished Labour at all
by Patrick Macfarlane / 25 Feb 2011 14:35
This week has seen an escalation of violence in Libya as the prime minister, David Cameron, conducted his tour of Arab states.
Justice minister Ken Clarke announced his intention to press for European judicial reform amid controversy about recent human rights rulings.
And in London, mayor Boris Johnson produced his yearly budget, while the ONS revealed that the UK economy had in fact shrunk by a further 0.1% beyond