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New Brief: Conservative support in Northern England at the 2015 general election

In this Brief, the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute considers the electoral performance of the Conservative Party across the three regions of Northern England at the 2015 general election. It focuses not only on seats won, but also the ranking and vote share of Conservative candidates in Northern constituencies, and how this has changed since 2010. The Brief therefore contributes … Continue reading

4 June 2015 by
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Why the North, why now, and what’s new? Part I

Craig Berry

For England’s sake, the time has come for Northern England to find its ‘inner powerhouse’ In the wake of the general election, Englishness as a national identity is being articulated in an increasingly aggressive manner.  When all the dust has settled, we may in future come to see this as the key legacy of the 2015 general election – or … Continue reading

4 June 2015 by
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Prospects for Britain’s socially and territorially fractured polity

Colin Hay

It’s still a ‘good election to lose, but too important not to win’ Between 24.4% and 27.5%, I reckon, of Britain’s registered voters are passably happy with the outcome of the 2015 General Election – 27.5% if you think SNP supporters are content, 24.4% if you think contentedness is confined to Tory supporters living (almost exclusively, but not quite) south … Continue reading

2 June 2015 by
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New Brief: The relationship between deprivation and UKIP’s electoral support

We are pleased to publish this brief in advance of the 2015 general election, which considers the evolving basis of UKIP’s electoral support with reference in particular to whether more deprived communities are likely to support the party. The argument that the Green Party and Scottish National Party will take votes from Labour, whilst UKIP will grow at the Conservatives’ expense, … Continue reading

16 April 2015 by
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UKIP, deprivation and the 2015 general election

The simple narrative on UKIP as a right-wing party does not capture its appeal across the political spectrum UKIP has traditionally been seen as a right-wing political party and, as such, an electoral threat to the Conservative Party.  In particular, UKIP’s anti-EU and anti-immigration stances represent policy positions which have historically appealed to the right of the Conservative party.  However, … Continue reading

15 April 2015 by
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Election 2015: not a good one to win … but too important to lose

Colin Hay

In these circumstances there is no good excuse for not voting, and for not voting extremely wisely Winning elections in Britain is becoming ever more of a poison chalice.  It does not take a great deal of hindsight to see that neither 2005 nor 2010 were especially good to win.  As many saw even at the time, 2005 was the … Continue reading

4 March 2015 by
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Is neoliberalism at last unravelling in Britain?

Tony Payne

The crisis of the British political economy has now become an urgent crisis also for British politics I just don’t understand why mainstream political commentators in Britain are not shouting about it in every column and appearance on radio and television.  But it can be said in no uncertain terms on the SPERI blog: the unfolding crisis of the British … Continue reading

5 November 2014 by
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Chávez vs UKIP? How Latin America has reinvigorated the European left

Asa Cusack

Radical left parties, Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain, did well in the recent European elections.  But how far can they go?  And what are the lessons for the UK? The numbers speak for themselves.  Though currently in opposition, both its plurality in European elections and recent polling suggest that Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) will soon become … Continue reading

13 August 2014 by
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