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Differences between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats

The Lib- Dem spring conferecne in Gateshead has prompted a flurry of comments about the nautre of Lib Dem policy and particularly how they develop a clear, separate identity to the Conservatives prior to the 2015 election, without breaking the coalition or undermining notions of CMR in the interim. With polling data showing a collapse … Continue reading

Factions within the Labour Party

Further to today’s lesson please find the articles on Blue and Purple labour that we discussed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12759902 http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/sep/14/labour-party-purple-book-power          

Incumbency and Super PACs

The role of incumbency as a key factor determining American electoral success is well documented. However Super PACs may be impacting on this too. The group Campaign for Primary Accountability- has $1.9 million to spend and secured success in Super Tuesday by backing Iraq veternan Brad Wenstrup over incumbent Jeab Schmidt (R). This anti- incumbency … Continue reading

Votes for Women, or more accurately Votes by Women

An interesting piece from the Washington Post looking aththe primary preferences of women. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/whos-winning-the-womens-vote-thursdays-trail-mix/2012/03/08/gIQAi4MxyR_blog.html