Last night UKIP won their first seat at an election. Douglas Carswell is an MP once more, this time with a purple rosette, UKIP’s first MP since Bob Spink’s fleeting spell in 2008.
But we all knew that was coming. What few saw coming was the significance of the result in the ‘other’ by-election in Heywood and Middleton, where Labour was expected to comfortably retake the seat vacated following the sad death of long-serving MP Jim Dobbin, with UKIP a distant second. As it was, UKIP was just 618 votes from taking a second seat in one night. Read more
Ahead of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester next week, Connect’s Steve Barwick looks at the big six questions which may or may not be answered.
Boris Johnson finally confirmed today that he will run for Parliament at next year’s general election, acknowledging that “I can’t endlessly go on dodging these questions as I’ve tried to do.”
In the shadow of the local and European elections Connect launched its new Road to 2015 General Election Service at a lively political soiree chaired by Connect Chief Executive, Gill Morris. Kevin Maguire (Associate Editor, Daily Mirror), Andy Sawford MP (Shadow Minister for Local Government), Michael Burrell (Chair APPC and Connect NED), Ruth Porter (Head of Economics & Social Policy, Policy Exchange), and Tom Mludzinski (Head of Political Polling at ComRes) debated, challenged and predicted in front of a packed audience in Westminster. Read more