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Robert Ford

Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester

Robert Ford is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester. He works on elections, public opinion, immigration and the radical right. His most recent books are "Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain" (with Matthew Goodwin) which received the 2015 Paddy Power Political Book of the Year award, and "Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box: 50 Things You Need To Know About British Elections" (co-edited with Phillip Cowley). He has worked on the BBC elections analysis team since 2005, and has worked on polling analysis and election forecasting with the Polling Observatory team since 2010.

Immigration and Integration: A Difficult, but Necessary, Conversation

These diverse reactions highlight the difficulties any left wing politician faces on immigration. Any proposal will be dismissed by commentators on the right as tokenism which does nothing to address the real issues, and by many on the left as pandering to prejudices which should be challenged.
14/12/2012 16:26 GMT

Are Ukip Supporters Intolerant? Another Look

My original article was pretty muddy about what intolerance meant. Here, I have applied a crystal clear standard. And, consistently, the finding is clear: Ukip supporters are less tolerant than supporters of mainstream parties. Less tolerant of immigrants. Less tolerant of Muslims. Less tolerant of gays.
28/11/2012 14:25 GMT

Are Ukip Supporters Racist?

Ukip's politicians are right to condemn the seizure of children due to their parents political views as the worst kind of political bigotry. But they must also acknowledge and respond to the darker motives attracting some voters to their party.
26/11/2012 20:37 GMT

Who Benefits From a Lib Dem Collapse?

The collapse in the Lib Dem vote is therefore most likely to benefit the Labour party and make a Parliamentary majority for Cameron's Conservatives even more of a stretch, though Lib Dem defections alone would probably not deliver Labour a majority.
15/10/2012 14:48 BST

What Do the British Think About Immigration?

With the first census figures arriving today, we can expect a slew of alarmist stories about the dire demographic and social consequences of immigration. Many of these stories will cite public opinion surveys showing that the majority of British voters hold negative views about migration, and want it reduced.
16/07/2012 17:05 BST