In my latest round of constituency polling I have returned to Scotland. This selection includes eight seats, including five I have polled before (East Renfrewshire, Glasgow South West, Paisley & Renfrewshire South, Ross, Skye & Lochaber, and Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale) and three new ones (Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk, East Dunbartonshire and North East Fife).
By Steve Parkhurst, Senior Editor, USDR.
Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day.
The spate of deaths by drowning this spring has been harrowing. More must be done to prevent the problem arising, and more to rescue those where a disaster does occur . The policing,patrolling and life saving where needed has to be done by those EU countries and North African countries with ports nearest to the problem, as they have the vessels able to deploy quickly.
The Tories and Labour are further apart than they have been in 30 years, yet out of political cowardice or misjudgment the main parties choose to hide this gulf
The excruciating impression from last week’s challengers’ debate was that women are incapable of hard choices or of confronting economic realities
As each party releases its manifesto, a legal action brought against Gordon Brown explains why none of their pledges will ever be legally enforcible
And we’d better make a wish, too, that the optimists are right on the reasons why growth is struggling
The SNP is going to hold the balance of power over a country it wants to no longer exist. We need to wake up to what that means for the Union
As the campaign marks its midpoint, the two main parties remain deadlocked. If things stay that way, it won’t be arithmetic that decides who forms the next government – but raw politics
The employment figures have been goods news for many months. Yesterday’s figures mean that 2million new jobs have now been added since 2010. The UK economy is in marked contrast to southern and western Euroland, where high unemployment remains entrenched and where there are precious few new jobs being created.
Opportunity is faltering in this country, and the Conservatives must find a better answer than the ‘progressives’ now circling around Ed Miliband
Plus: Tories – too vague. UKIP – too specific. LibDems: what are they for? Why the polls could all be wrong. And: I win an award, and am baffled.
Our capital city is richer, more liberal, and better educated than the rest of the country – and that is a problem
There’s nothing wrong in recognising the most distinguished minds in our society, but there’s obviously been a huge oversight here
In this week of manifesto launches, we have seen puffy white clouds of spending promises obscure the peak of the deficit. But they will soon clear – and it will remain.
The Labour leader’s bunker is making contingency plans for defeat
Interfering in people’s lives unnecessarily is surely the short cut to electoral defeat
Not in a coalition. Nor even in a formal confidence and supply – but, rather, in the kind of informal arrangement that may be a feature of the Commons to come.
The Clydesdale Bank is being fined £20.7m for the serious failings in its handling of complaints about its mis-selling of payment protection insurance
Having failed to destroy the Union by turning Scottish voters against it, Salmond now proposes to do so by turning English ones against it instead.
Ahead of Ukip’s election manifesto launch, its leader Nigel Farage explains why only he will make defending the realm his first priority in government
Also: the DUP rule out any formal parliamentary arrangement with the SNP; and the Tories grant the Welsh Assembly powers of redefinition.
Corporation buys more copies of Paul Dacre’s paper, the Times, the Telegraph, the Sun, the Independent and the Mirror than the Guardian, new figures reveal
The city state’s stability is impressive. But it it bought at the price of stagnation.
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