Tooting By-Election Campaign Kicks Off in Battersea

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Some very professional flyers advertising Labour’s Tooting by-election candidate Rosena Allin-Khan were delivered to people’s homes this weekend. Shame they were delivered in Battersea…

Sturgeon Ducks Chopper Question

Nicola Sturgeon faced a grilling from Kay Burley this afternoon following Guido’s revelations about the SNP’s helicopter spending during the general election. Sturgeon didn’t answer the key point that the chopper was used to campaign for local candidates…

SNP MP Swerves Questions About Own Party’s Spending

Pete Wishart is the SNP MP who wrote to the Met demanding a full investigation into Tory election fraud. Yet Pete had no answer when the Daily Politics asked him about Guido’s story on the Nats’ own spending:

Jo Coburn: “It’s been alleged that Nicola Sturgeon’s helicopter tour at the last election included some local campaigning. Are you confident that the cost of that helicopter was all properly declared?”

Wishart: “Listen, we want national leaders to go to constituencies…” 

JoCo: “Yeah but that wasn’t my question. Are you confident it was properly declared?”

Wishart: “There’s always what about if-ery and all this sort of stuff…”

The Nats insist the helicopter was rightly declared as national spend, but the Electoral Commission say that if it was used for any local campaigning – as it was – the cost should be divvied up. The MP who called the cops on the Tories has no answer…

Bum-ga, Bum-ga! Italian Politician’s Peachy Message to Voters

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Sex scandals and corruption rarely hold Italian politicians back. In the North Italian city of Bologna, known as “il rosso” (the red) due to it’s large lefty student population (it has a street named after Stalingrad), one candidate is using an age old tactic to stand out. An independent who supports the Lega Nord, Mario Turrini’s poster claims the photo “serves to get your attention” to vote for the candidate on June 5. After the image sparked outrage among locals, Turrini captioned the posters with an apology -and promised that if he wins he’ll “publish the other side”….

Results So Far: Everything You Need to Know

Here’s where we are as of 7:30am:

  • Labour meltdown in Scotland, where Ruth Davidson’s Tories are stunningly set to take second place
  • SNP set not to win Holyrood majority
  • Labour loses council seats in England though make-up of councils remains largely unchanged
  • Labour’s vote up on average by just four points since 2015
  • Strong UKIP performance in Wales, party set for 8 assembly seats
  • Andy Burnham considering running for Manchester mayor
  • Labour moderates’ verdict:

Jo Cox MP:

“This is not a route back to power in 2020 for the Labour Party. At this stage of the government and the Conservative Party in such disarray… We should have been making substantial gains… I think it’s been a very weak night for Labour.”

Mike Gapes:

“Whatever happened to straight talking, honest politics ? We must do much better than this to win election in 2020”

Consensus is Labour have performed badly – the first opposition to lost seats midterm for decades – but they have beaten expectations. Jez saved…

176 Days Later… Has Paul O’Grady Left Yet?

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It’s 176 days since Miliband lost, yet Birkenhead’s favourite son Paul O’Grady still hasn’t made good on his promise to leave the country. Speaking at Ed’s final election rally, O’Grady vowed he would move to the exclusive Lido island in Venice if the Tories returned to power:

“I can’t live under this bloody government any more. I am going to get a house on the Lido in Venice. I have paid a fortune in tax and I will say ‘you can have that mate’… What I am going to do in a house on the Lido in Venice when I can’t speak Italian and hate pasta, God only knows. But I can’t live under this Conservative Government, this Coalition.”

So what’s O’Grady up to now? He’s gearing up to playThe Fairy Godfather” at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. He’s behind you. We wish he wasn’t…

John Stewart on #GE2015

Exit Poll: CON 316 LAB 239 LD 10 SNP 58 UKIP 2

BUT this is what YouGov say:

ComRes Election Poem

ComRes have for some reason commissioned a special election poem:

I PREFER DEMOCRACY
 
You can run a land with armies
You can rule a sea with boats
But I prefer democracy
Where you run a land with votes.
 
You can

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Tories Lead By 5 With Ipsos Mori

But the Tory lead is just one point with YouGov:

The final polls come […]

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The Day the Polls Didn’t Turn

This is a poll of polls average for today only:

Worth noting that the Labour figure is inflated by their very high rating with Panelbase.

As you can see below, TNS, Panelbase and Survation all put Labour ahead, but the […]

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#GUIDO4BUCKS: Blogger to Challenge Speaker at Election

After ten years of sniping from the sidelines, Guido has decided to up his game. This website has never been John Bercow’s biggest fan, but now it is time to throw down the gauntlet…

When he was a lowly backbencher, […]

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