During the 2015 general election, the contest in Gavin Barwell’s constituency of Croydon Central was by any measure - the amount of money spent, the frequency of visits by ministers, the volume of literature delivered or the number of political activists pounding the streets - one of the most intensive constituency campaigns this country has ever seen. At the end of it, after an experience both physically and psychologically gruelling, Gavin had clung on by the skin of his teeth, and had a story well worth telling. Journalists produce a great deal of commentary on the leaders of our political parties, their campaign strategies and key messages. Elections, however, are won and lost on the pavements of only about 100 so-called marginal constituencies - places like Croydon Central. This book gives an unparalleled insight into what it’s like to be an MP defending an ultra-marginal seat. It answers questions such as: Why do activists knock on your door - do they really think a quick conversation is going to change your mind? What is it like to find yourself splashed across the front page of a national newspaper? How do you cope with the very real possibility that you might be out of a job tomorrow? How to Win a Marginal Seat is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how campaigning is conducted at the coalface of British politics.
The study of elections, voting behavior and public opinion are arguably among the most prominent and intensively researched sub-fields within Political Science. It is an evolving sub-field, both in terms of theoretical focus and in particular, technical developments and has made a considerable impact on popular understanding of the core components of liberal democracies in terms of electoral systems and outcomes, changes in public opinion and the aggregation of interests. This handbook details the key developments and state of the art research across elections, voting behavior and the public opinion by providing both an advanced overview of each core area and engaging in debate about the relative merits of differing approaches in a comprehensive and accessible way. Bringing geographical scope and depth, with comparative chapters that draw on material from across the globe, it will be a key reference point both for advanced level students and researchers developing knowledge and producing new material in these sub-fields and beyond. The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion is an authoritative and key reference text for students, academics and researchers engaged in the study of electoral research, public opinion and voting behavior.
Author: Cyril Taylor
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
Release Date: 2013-04-30
This is the remarkable life of Sir Cyril Taylor, relating his experience as a toddler in a Congo mission, a teenage platoon commander amid the Kenyan Mau Mau insurgency and a brand manager for Procter & Gamble in the early 1960s.
Author: Roy Hattersley
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2017-07-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Each night when the House of Commons rises, throughout the Palace of Westminster policemen shout, 'Who goes home?', a relic of the days when Members of Parliament were escorted safely to their beds. WHO GOES HOME? is Roy Hattersley's witty and characteristically frank account of a lifetime in the Labour party from schoolboy canvassing in post-war Sheffield through Cabinet office and the wilderness years in Opposition, to the decision to leave Parliament at the dawn of Tony Blair's New Labour. During this period, the Honourable Member for the Sparkbrook constituency of Birmingham never forgot his Yorkshire roots (or his passion for Sheffield Wednesday FC). This memoir is an evocation of the 50-year journey that has taken the Party from Attlee's Welfare State and nationalisation programme to the modernizers of social-ism and New Labour under Tony Blair. For Roy Hattersley, politics was fun while it lasted, even though the joke was often on him. These Scenes from Political Life settle no scores, excuse no mistakes and relive no old triumphs.
Author: Rosa Prince
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
Release Date: 2017-08-31
Genre: Political Science
The 2017 general election has introduced us to dozens of new MPs who have entered the House of Commons, but it is also the perfect opportunity to reflect on those who have decided to stand down. In this second edition of the popular series, bestselling biographer and political journalist Rosa Prince speaks with MPs who left the parliamentary stage before the election, including big names such as Alan Johnson, Douglas Carswell, Sir Eric Pickles, Gisela Stuart and Peter Lilley. Speaking candidly about their best and worst memories, their triumphs and regrets, their personal histories and future plans, these MPs provide frank and revealing insights into their time in Parliament, the historic events they participated in and their reasons for leaving – which are as diverse as their individual political journeys. Standing Down 2017 casts a light on the fascinating careers of some of the most influential figures in UK politics in recent decades, and is a treasure trove of sage advice and pearls of wisdom for parliamentary newcomers and hopefuls alike.
Author: Tim Roux
Publisher: Night Publishing
Release Date: 2010-07-07
When Adam Melton, the ambitious brand manager of Petrovsk Vodka went out on the town that night, he was hoping to pick up a beautiful girl and a few hints and tips from his target market, the vodka-swilling ladettes of Reading. Meeting the sultry Yasemin at the bar in one of his favourite haunts, he got all that he was hoping for, and ominously more. Now he has been condemned to save the world.
Author: Tony Russell
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Release Date: 2013-02-28
Commons People takes a look at the day-to-day lives of our MPs, examining what motivates them, who inspires them, what they do to relax, what keeps them awake at night, and their hopes and aspirations for the future. It allows the reader to get into the minds of our elected representatives, reveals what’s in their hearts and explores their concerns. The book shows us the personal side of the people whose decisions affect virtually every aspect of our lives, including Sir Peter Bottomley, Andy Burnham, Stephen Dorrell, Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan, Nicky Morgan and many more.Commons People demonstrates that MPs are human too, sharing the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us. It finds out how they feel about ordinary everyday issues, allowing us to be able to relate to them more, in a manner which humour, frustration and sheer passion shines through.Profits from the sale of the book will be donated to Reflections Art in Health, an arts in health charity founded by Tony and his wife Angie. The charity is dedicated to showcasing the creative talents of people with health problems generally, and mental health problems more specifically. It also demonstrates the value of the arts in aiding recovery and enhancing the healing environment. Commons People will appeal to the general public, and in particular to those with an interest in politics.