2015 General Election

What Jeremy Browne's Retirement Tells Us About Life After Politics

John Lehal | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Lehal

These retiring MPs will be inspired by the likes of Ruth Kelly and James Purnell before them. All stepped down while still relatively young, having recognised that political comebacks here are few and far between. But what the likes of Kelly and Purnell have also shown is there is life away from the public eye, the media spotlight and well beyond the ruthless world of politics.

Freud Revelation Exposes Weakness in David Cameron's Technique

Will Black | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

The public, media and political response to the revelation that Lord Freud, in a fringe meeting at Conservative Party conference, suggested that some people with disabilities are not "worth" the minimum wage and perhaps should instead work for as little as £2 an hour, has been fascinating.

7 Reasons Why Ed Is On Course For Victory In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics

There are plenty of people who think Ed Miliband will not win the next general election. He's too weird and too nasal, they say. He's not prime minis...

7 Reasons Why Ed Is On Course For Defeat In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics

Despite recent criticism over his policies and his botched conference speech, Ed Miliband's supporters are convinced that he has what it takes and is ...

If Labour Is to Beat UKIP, It Must Enfranchise the 'Lost Generation'

Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed

Given the ongoing widespread apathy with the electoral system, we need more political representatives like Sonia who actually bring something to the table other than self-serving careerism. Failing that, Britain's political future looks increasingly loony.

Political Micro-targeting: Why It Won't Happen at the Next Election

Louis Reynolds | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Politics
Louis Reynolds

Behind all the spin, there is a growing interest in how the coming election might actually be contested. Many look to the US for some indication of what developments might feature in the 2015 campaigns.

Ukip Has A Pretty Extraordinary Plan To Win 'Blue Collar' Votes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip will go into the general election next year promising to abolish income tax for low earners, in its "blue collar platform" manifesto. The part...

Boris Needs to Get Serious

Peter Kellner | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

Given his undoubted charisma and his way with words, he has the potential to be a big vote winner for the Tories. But, and it is in important but, voters who regard humour and a cavalier style as an asset in a city mayor with few real powers might seek different qualities in a national leader. Last week, in an interview with the Sunday Times, he talked about how his six years as mayor had given him the administrative experience that would stand him in good stead in national politics. He has a point. But if he is to be a real vote-winner for his party on the national stage, he needs more. He needs to get serious.

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 01.08.2014 | 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...