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  1. #GE2015 Thoughts

    May 11, 2015 by Daniel

    Another election over with, this time some quite big surprises.

    When the exit poll came in I think everyone was shocked. It was way off of what the opinion polls had been saying for months. So everyone wrote it off really – Paddy Ashdown said he’d eat his hat – but the exit poll turned out to not quite even go far enough, the Conservatives ended up with a 12 seat majority, something nobody expected.

    So the analysis starts voters weren’t asking themselves ‘Which of the two parties do I want to win?’ but ‘Which coalition do I want? but I keep going back to this blog by Paul Mason Three new tribes of voters will dominate this election it goes to explain why perhaps there are all these disenfranchised voters who feel nobody speaks for them. The small parties they might want stand no chance under FPTP.


  2. General Election Time 2015

    April 1, 2015 by Daniel

    Here we go again.
    We’ve moved into a different constituency this year so a bit of catch-up is required to look at our new political landscape.
    At a local council area level, it’s a broadly Conservative area, but Parliamentary wise, it’s Labour – since 1997 where the majority has gone from 13k to about 4k in the last two elections. So it’s getting closer but not as close as Bury North was/is.

    Currently standing are:

    James Daly Conservative Party (currently a councillor in Bury)
    Stephen Rock Liberal Democrats
    David Crausby Labour Party (incumbent)
    Harry Lamb UK Independence Party (UKIP)
    Laura Diggle Green Party

    I’d encourage anyone to use things like http://www.votematch.org/ to guide them on who actually aligns with their views, however I’ve started to look at the candidates individually too, where I can, with what’s available.

    We got a leaflet from David Crausby yesterday and so were looking at his record on They Work For You, it highlighted something I didn’t know, that he was one of the MPs that voted against the Same Sex marriage bill. I tried to do a little digging on his reasoning and to be honest I wasn’t satisfied with what I read (MPs Split on Same Sex Marriage Plans – The Bolton News). I hope this gets some follow up in the campaign.