2015 General Election

Less Taxes, But More Tax? George Osborne's Plan For NI Merger

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne could merge income tax and national insurance if the Tories are re-elected at the next general election. In a manifesto pledge that ...

Stalwart Labour MP Stepping Down

PA | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics

Peter Hain has announced he will stand down as a Labour MP at the general election. The former Cabinet minister said he had "decided to draw stumps...

Dear Frank Field MP - Some Questions

Michael Abberton | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Abberton

Dear Mr. Field, I read your letter in today's Observer with some dismay. If ever it was the time for the Labour Party to stand united, take on UKIP and reclaim its base, it is now.

Future Labour Government WILL NOT Undo Hugely Unpopular Coalition Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

A future Labour government will not undo the hugely unpopular cuts imposed by the current coalition, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury is exp...

The Greens - Not Ukip - Are the Real Alternative to the Political Establishment

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Voting Green is a vote for something. The Greens are a party that offers an imaginative, alternative positive vision of how our future could look. This is fairly unique, given the broad political consensus between the stale, grey Tories, Labour and Lib Dems.

NVCO Manifesto 2015 - A Bigger Difference - Charities Have to Be Bold Campaigners

John Tizard | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

NCVO could have drawn attention to the problems that contracting based on payment by results and the Work Programme style prime-subcontractor model create for charities; and in the case of the Work Programme how it has failed the unemployed and tax payer too.

Forget Coalition With the Lib Dems - Labour Is Tempted By Minority Government

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

For far too long, the talk in Westminster has been only of the possibility of a majority government, against that of a coalition. Minority government is the elephant in the negotiating room. "All options are on the table," says one of the Labour leader's closest shadow cabinet allies. "We won't be bounced into a coalition."

Mehdi's Minute: On Labour's Awful Election Broadcast, Ukip's Eastern European Employees and Halal Hysteria

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Labour's cringeworthy party election broadcast video about Nick Clegg, as well as the ongoing accusations of racism and hypocrisy against the UK Independence Party?

We Must Always Stay Vigilant About Unlawful Practices at Elections

Stephen Twigg | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

Electoral fraud should be taken seriously, but abandoning postal voting would risk disenfranchising millions of voters. In seeking to protect our democratic processes, we must always stay vigilant about unlawful practices at elections.

Ofcom's Ukip Decision Will Shape, Rather Than Reflect, Public Opinion

Matt Hawkins | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Ofcom stated that Ukip's electoral performance in the past two European Elections demonstrates that they represent a growing segment of public opinion and that ought to be reflected in their media coverage. The media's own watchdog are, though, modestly underplaying the role that the press can play in influencing public opinion and falsely creating a black and white split between television's role in "reflecting" and "influencing" public opinion.

While the Tories Claim That Growth Is Back, Ed Miliband Will Seize the Inequality Moment

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

This isn't just about economics. The politics matter, too. Pledging to tackle inequality - within the rubric of "Whose recovery is this?" - helps Labour neutralise the positive Tory narrative of "Growth is back". Crucially, it offers Miliband his own brand of progressive populism to challenge the right-wing, anti-welfare populism of the Conservatives. This is the Inequality Moment.

Ed Miliband's Leadership Rests on Personality Politics

Professor John Gaffney | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Professor John Gaffney

What a lot of observers are missing, supporters and "Milibashers" alike, is that the measures Miliband has announced are forming a narrative of leadership in the Labour Party... Miliband has spent the past three years having his credibility as a future prime minister questioned, and he's only just now mounting a concerted challenge to this hostile narrative.

Portillo: Scottish Independence Would Be Political 'Death' For Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron could lose the next election in 2015 if Scotland breaks away and wins independence, former defence secretary Michael Portillo has warne...

Clearing the Decks

Dan Corry | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

One of the smaller announcements that emerged in the middle of the festive season - when most things are missed by pundits and commentators enjoying their Christmas pudding - was that David Cameron has put out an order for the rush to new Garden Cities to be put on hold.

There Is Now No Senior Ukip Politician Implacably Opposed to a Deal With the Tories

Godfrey Bloom | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Godfrey Bloom

As a Ukipper on the libertarian and radical wing of the party, the hierarchy has wanted rid of me for two years. Here was an opportunity for them to try and put the boot in. The overwhelming support sent them back to their dugout. Incidentally, at the time of writing, the EU audit trail has uncovered a €1billion Euro black hole in aid for the Congo. Should I have said Congo Land?

Miliband To Copy Obama's Campaign Strategy For 2015 Election

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics

The 2015 general election will pit the "hope" of Labour against the "fear" of the Tories, according to Ed Miliband, who is to copy Barack Obama's 2012...

18 Months to Go: Meet the 2015 Electoral Battleground

Laurence Stellings | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Laurence Stellings

Every election campaign targets particular types of voters and some come to be defined by swing groups: Mondeo Man, Worcester Woman, Soccer Moms. Indeed, the political lexicon is awash with such groups "hard-working families", "the squeezed middle, "strivers" and "alarm-clock Britain" amongst others. As we hit the 18 month mark to the 2015 General Election there is, naturally, increasing interest in this electoral battleground...

The Era Of Hybrid Politics Is Over

Bonnie Greer | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

The complaint that Ed Miliband is only talking to his Party, not the nation, is valid right now. He has to tell them who he is, who they are, and then turn to the electorate and ask them to make their choice. It is clear. It is simple.

Clegg Opens Door For Coalition With Labour, But Would They Want Him?

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has said he would work with either party in any future coalition subsequent to the 2015 general election. Speaking on Tuesday at the Lib De...

Are We Missing Something? Increasing Literacy and Reducing Poverty

Emily McCoy | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Emily McCoy

As politicians and Think Tanks start shaping future policy ahead for the 2015 General Election, we argue that literacy should become a priority for policies to tackle Child Poverty and social exclusion.

Margaret Thatcher and Public Opinion: It Was the Best of Times; It Was the Worst of Times

Joe Twyman | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Twyman

Over the last few years YouGov has asked the British public many different questions about Margaret Thatcher and her legacy. For example, more than once we have asked people their opinion on who was the greatest of the post-war prime ministers. Margaret Thatcher wins by some distance. We have also asked who was the worst. Again, Margaret Thatcher comes out on top.

Some Excitement at a Mid Term By-Election

Nick Abbot | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

Eastleigh is the place to settle if you can't stand the pace in Budleigh Salterton and Winchester seems like the future. Without the benefit of actually going there, I can tell you that it is as conservative as an antimacassar sales convention. You'd think that it would also be Conservative but that would be to underestimate the appeal of the Why-can't-things-be like-they-used-to-be Party.

The Week That Was: Cameron's Woes

Carla Buzasi | Posted 02.05.2013 | UK
Carla Buzasi

Adele might have been flying the flag for the Brits over in Hollywood, thanks to an Oscar win for her omnipresent Skyfall theme song, but there wasn't a huge amount to celebrate back at home. With last week's triple A-credit downgrade still casting its murky shadow over the coalition government, it was a case of divide and fail to conquer as the Conservatives and Lib Dems went head-to-head in the Eastleigh by-election. Well, head-to-head was the idea. Ukip rather got in the way of that, with their representative, Diane James, relegating Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings into a rather undignified third place.

Job-Shares for MPs: A Step on the Way to Resolving a Major Problem

Dr Rosie Campbell | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Rosie Campbell

Job-shares should be strongly supported by those who want to see more women elected to Westminster. And their value is not limited to women. Job-share is about enabling both women and men who currently feel unable to participate in politics but have a significant contribution to make.

Vive la Similarité

Peter Kellner | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

The politics of gender have bubbled to the surface of political debate. Some Tories are worried that women are deserting them in such numbers that the party will lose the next election.