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Christmas Cheer

The Sunday Herald is not exactly full of Christmas cheer with this editorial on Jim Murphy's failure to back one of his own Labour MSPs, Dave Stewart, who called for cross-party support in the Scottish Parliament the other day for a campaign to save the Rescue Coordination Centre in Kinloss. Show More Summary

Cheaper oil no friend to Asia’s households

Real wages are growing 2 percentage points below their long-term average, reflecting labour’s weak bargaining power amidst slowing growth. Falling oil prices and low inflation could prompt employers to be even more tight-fisted in 2015. Household finances might wobble.

Final Survation poll of the year sees Lib Lab Con all up and UKIP down

The changes are from the Survation poll in early November, so no evidence of a post Autumn Statement slump for the Tories, however with less than five months to go, neither the Tories or Labour will be happy with their share of the vote. The fieldwork was the 18th and 19th December, 1,009 people were polled […]

Local Council By-Election Results 2014

Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- 2013 Average/ contest +/- 2013 +/- Seats Conservative 297 157,415 29.1% +2.7% 530 +106 -13 Labour 276 157,252 29.1% -3.2% 570 -13 +2 LibDem 199 61,786 11.4 % -0.4% 310 +39 +7 UKIP 209 81,109...Show More Summary

Scottish Labour

Support for the SNP has surged to record levels according to a new YouGov poll. Apparently some 47% of voters in Scotland now back the SNP, against 27% who support Labour, 16% who back the Conservatives and only 3% sticking with the Lib Dems. Show More Summary

Secrecy Over Pay

The Telegraph reports that the star of the stage version of Made in Dagenham, Gemma Atherton, joined an equal pay protest outside the Westminster Parliament the other day. But I had to laugh at the various Labour MPS queuing up to declare...Show More Summary

Hartlepool’s Labour MP Iain Wright goes on Sky News to denounce plans for Ched Evans signing [Video]

On the front pages of many of the English papers on Sunday is the story that convicted rapist Ched Evans is set to sign for Hartlepool. The story is undoubtedly a hotly debated topic, with many believing that Evans should be stopped from playing professional football again after his crime, while other arguing that the man […]

Quarter Four Local By-Election Results 2014

Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- Q2 Average/ contest +/- Q3 +/- Seats Conservative 72 36,322 29.0% +0.9% 504 +115 +1 Labour 67 29,952 23.9% -2.5% 447 +57 -4 LibDem 44 13,440 10.7 % -3.6% 305 +18 +3 UKIP 60 23,648 18.9% +3.7%...Show More Summary

Local Council By-Elections December 2014

Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Nov Average/ contest +/- Oct +/- Seats Conservative 16 7,090 29.2% -2.1% 443 -183 0 Labour 17 6,493 26.8% +3.5% 382 -127 -1 LibDem 10 2,443 10.1% +1.2% 244 -49 +1 UKIP 15 4,472 18.4% -0.6%Show More Summary

Secretive Ballots

I enjoyed this extract from John Rentoul's musings in The Independent the other day and his campaign to persuade the Scottish Labour Party to publish full details on the number of people who actually voted in the recent leadership election. Show More Summary

Local By-Election Results : December 18th 2014

St. James on Kingston upon Thames (Con defence) Result: Conservative 1,123 (43%), Liberal Democrat 865 (33%), Labour 355 (14%), UKIP 206 (8%), Green 71 (3%) Conservative HOLD with a majority of 258 (10%) Ollerton on Nottinghamshire (Lab defence) Result: Labour 1,171 (56% -2%), Conservative 533 (26% +4%), UKIP 347 (17% -3%), Liberal Democrat 24 (1%, […]

Listen: Lucy Powell tries to dodge questions on leaked Ukip document with ‘it’s irrelevant to you!’

How has Labour managed to make such a mess of its response to the leak of a document on dealing with Ukip that came out on Monday that it’s still… Continue reading The post Listen: Lucy Powell tries to dodge questions on leaked Ukip document with ‘it’s irrelevant to you!’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why Alex Salmond’s help could hinder Labour

Anyone surprised by Alex Salmond’s comments in the Independent about SNP MPs possibly voting on English matters if it helped Labour is clearly missing out on the wealth of wisdom… Continue reading The post Why Alex Salmond’s help could hinder Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Co-op is Crap

If this report from the BBC is anything to go by, I think I made the right decision in shutting my account with the Co-op Bank. The Co-op seems to take a keen interest in politics with its donations to the Labour Party and its intervention in the Scottish independence referendum which had nothing to do with the Co-op's core business, if you ask me. Show More Summary

Local By-Election Preview : December 18th 2014

St. James on Kingston upon Thames (Con defence) Result of council at last election (2014): Conservatives 28, Liberal Democrats 18, Labour 2 (Conservative majority of 8) Result of ward at last election (2014) : Emboldened denotes elected Conservatives 1,250, 1,188, 1,082 Liberal Democrats 729, 719, 696 Labour 598, 494, 485 United Kingdom Independence Party 386, […]

Watch out Labour, Ukip are coming for you

How much of a threat is Ukip to Labour? The tanks of the people’s army have been on the Conservatives’ lawn for some time but we now have an idea… Continue reading The post Watch out Labour, Ukip are coming for you appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Ipsos Mori sees the Tories retain their 3% lead

This month's @IpsosMORI VI figures pic.twitter.com/0PGkWaGDGW — The Screaming Eagles (@TSEofPB) December 18, 2014   Whilst the headline figures appear to be the same as last month for the Tories and Labour, what will delight the Tories is that this month, prior to the certainty to vote filter being applied, the Tories and Labour were […]

Labour’s ‘quick and dirty’ briefing

More fallout from the Labour Ukip leak reaches me. Some sources in the party remain amazed that it apparently never crossed the desk of Yvette Cooper, given her role in the… Continue reading The post Labour’s ‘quick and dirty’ briefing appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Labour tries to deal with dysfunctional campaign machine after Ukip leak

After spending all week stamping all over their own report about how to approach Ukip, Labour is now trying to work out what on earth led to the row. It’s… Continue reading The post Labour tries to deal with dysfunctional campaign machine after Ukip leak appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Prime Minister Cameron Calls Labour Leader Miliband A Waste Of Space

The Independent is reporting that the final Prime Ministers questions before Christmas descended into a trading of insults between David Cameron and the Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband. There was a distinct lack of the seasons goodwill in the House of Commons, as David Cameron called Ed Miliband a “waste of space”. Show More Summary

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