By Election

Paul Nuttall Failed His First Test As Ukip Leader

Ben Cullimore | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Cullimore

Until the party are able to present to the electorate a coherent, attractive and gaffe-free plan, they are in serious danger of returning to the political wilderness. The current landscape is being shaped almost solely by an ascendant Conservative Party, leaving Nuttall with a lot of work to do if he is to stop his party from descending into irrelevance.

Why The Potteries Could Make Or Break Ukip

Joe Moore | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Politics
Joe Moore

It will be fascinating to see how this by-election plays out, especially in light of a UKIP campaign that seems to be struggling to shake off substantive allegations of its leader and candidate, Paul Nuttall, lying about Hillsborough. It has been a truly dirty campaign of nastiness, desperation and anger on both sides, and as with any by-election the level of turnout will be crucial to the result.

NHS Battle Lines in Stoke Central

Stephen Hitchin | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Hitchin

I will be campaigning to be selected Labour candidate for Stoke Central to advocate for our NHS in Stoke and that the NHS crisis not be swept under the carpet and inaction continue. Our campaign will deliver a key message that Labour is here to fight, Labour is listening and Labour cares and will take positive action. That is the defining difference.

An Elite Response To Richmond

David Taylor | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
David Taylor

Huge swathes of the Tory party would take joy in calling you that, and they certainly celebrated the Brexit result as a victory over people like you. Post-Cameron you can be assured that this isn't going to change any time soon. The Richmond Park by-election showed why this could be a problem for my party, and I'm kind of glad it did.

Richmond Park By-Election Odds And Everything You Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK

UPDATE: Lib Dem Sarah Olney Wins Richmond Park In Shock By-Election Victory Over Zac Goldsmith Voters are casting their ballots today in the Richmond ...

Calling For 'Progressive Alliances' Is Brave - But It Should Never Be Necessary

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

Last week, three Labour MPs did something that takes courage. In calling for Labour to stand aside in Richmond Park, they were pushing for a more coll...

We Have More in Common

Elliott Adair | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Elliott Adair

The current crisis in the party aside, I would urge the next MP for Batley and Spen to remain neutral in the crisis. The job should be to represent constituents, hold the government to account and ignore anything else. In my view Jo Cox's memory cannot be remembered as it should be if her successor is immediately drawn into battle for the leadership.

Labour Selects Jim McMahon As Candidate For Oldham West And Royton By-election

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics

The Labour Party has selected Jim McMahon as its candidate for the Oldham West and Royton by-election following the death of its veteran MP Michael Me...

I Want to Stand for Labour in Oldham West and I Challenge Other Contenders to Take a Pay Cut If Elected

Elliott Adair | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Politics
Elliott Adair

Some in the party have jokingly called me a 'UKIP buster'. I don't claim such a title, but I understand that I am only as good as our shared values and the strength of our campaign on the ground. In me you find an honest hardworking Labour campaigner. A safe pair of hands, but a pair of hands willing to muck in and win with every bit of strength I have in my body.

Yes, I'm Fighting to Stand in Oldham West and Royton

Kate Godfrey | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Politics
Kate Godfrey

Oldham West needs an MP who will lead for the country. An MP who can take the fight back to Ukip, and Tories, and fight for the best in us. An MP who can look you in the eye, and know - because I've been there and I am there still... Yes, I'm standing in Oldham West and Royton, and yes, I care.

Carry on Westminster - The Top Trumps of British Democracy

Ian Middleton | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

I recently became a parliamentary candidate for the Green Party. After years of railing against politicians, the irony, and perhaps the hypocrisy, of becoming one myself has not been lost on me...

Emily Thornberry's 'White Van' Tweet From Rochester Is A PR Nightmare

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics

A senior shadow minister has been accused of showing "utter contempt" for patriotism and the working class by tweeting a mocking picture of a St Georg...

Britain To Be Hit With Massive EU Bill

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK

Britain is facing a shock EU demand for an extra £1.7 billion (2.1 billion euro) towards the European Union budget. The demand - which would add almo...

Sorry Greens, the TV Debates Just Aren't for You

Joe Storey | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

The self-importance of the Greens is astonishing. In case you've missed the pandemonium, the Greens have threatened legal action over TV broadcasters excluding the party from the planned TV debates during the run-up to next year's general election...

From Essex to Manchester, the Ukip Surge Signals the Death Knell of Class-Based Voting

David Evans | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics
David Evans

I do not believe that we are seeing the 'End of Politics'. I do, however, believe that we have reached the culmination of a steady, 40-year shift away from class-based voting. The two will feel, to many, like they are very much the same thing. Indeed, if the main parties do not face up to the change that has taken place, they could become so.

Welcome to the One MP Club

Ian Middleton | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

Sound the trumpets! Bang the drums! Put the puncture repair kit on standby and reserve a place in Valhalla! UKIP have finally won that coveted Westminster pass and achieved a backside on the hallowed timbers of the House Of Commons.

The Lessons of Clacton and Heywood: Why Ukip Will Damage the Tories in 2015 But May Ultimately Harm Labour

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Eric Kaufmann

My work suggests working-class Tories rather than Labour traditionalists are most likely to defect to Ukip, but their overall point holds: this is not a movement Labour can afford to ignore.

Labour Wins In Heywood... Just

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Politics

UPDATE: Ukip defector Douglas Carswell has won the Clacton by-election, becoming the party's first MP. Labour held the Heywood and Middleton seat...

Ukip On Verge Of Securing First Elected MP

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage believes Ukip is on the verge of securing its first elected MP as the polls closed in a pair of by-elections. Douglas Carswell, who defec...

Clacton's Unemployed Must End Ukip's Advance

Nick Stephenson | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

A UKIP win in Clacton may shake up the British political scene, but it will improve nothing for unemployed people.

Labour Win The Wythenshawe And Sale East Parliamentary By-Election, Ukip Beat Tories Into Second

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics

Labour and Ukip are celebrating after the Wythenshawe and Sale East parliamentary by-election, with Mike Kane holding the seat for the Ed Miliband's p...

Will Labour Walk The Wythenshawe By-Election?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Politics

Labour has a massive lead in next week's by-election, latest polls show. Some pundits have tipped Ukip to win the battle to success Paul Goggins as...

Bookmakers Issue Odds On Newark By-Election

The Huffington Post | Tom Moseley | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK Politics

The Tories would be the odds-on favourites to hang onto the Newark seat if Tory MP Patrick Mercer quits before the next election. Mercer is under p...

Labour 'Is Not Doing Enough'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Politics

Labour's gains in the local elections are "nowhere near" what was expected of the party, one of the nation's leading election gurus has said. Ed Mi...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The 'Clowns' Strike Back

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Politics

The one thing you need to know on Friday 3 May 2013... THE 'CLOWNS' STRIKE BACK They were mocked and dismissed as "waifs", "strays", "fruitcake...