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Elections, Parties, Unit 1

Can Labour beat the Conservatives in 2015?

Ed Milliband has had a tough weak, with serious question marks being raised about his leadership, and the policy direction of the party (Ed Balls suggested this week that parts of the Coalition’s economic ‘Plan A’ would have to be accepted)

Tim Bale (University of Sussex and speaker at the next meeting of the Skidelsky society) writes in the Guardian today (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/17/ed-miliband-tory-victories) that Labour need to learn from both it’s own history as highlighted by a recent Policy Network pamphlet entitled the Cameron Trap (http://www.policy-network.net/publications/4113/Cameron%C3%A2%E2%82%AC%E2%84%A2s-Trap-Lessons-for-Labour-from-the-1930s-and-1980s) but also from the Tory’s past forays into opposition.

There is some excellent Unit 1 material in this- looking at both the histories of the two major parties and the nature of how UK elections have been contested during the C20th and C21st.







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