The next generation of Conservative MPs may be no less gifted. But there’s one thing they can’t provide: institutional memory.
Plus: How very sad I am to hear of the death of Eve Collishaw, who gave much of her life to the Conservative cause.
Onwards to Anglia, where the Liberal Democrats and Tories will be fighting hard over a small clutch of possible gains.
Amidst the gathering leadership election debate, there is a lack of focus on who such voters are and where they live.
Plus: An idea for May. A quote from YouGov. A cancelled lunch. A headline from the Economist. Could Gove return? And: could Bercow be ousted?
Plus: UKIP abandons the field against Remain Tories. A bike-riding Minister isn’t canvassing. And: Michael Crick should apologise.
Plus: May’s first PMQs. Splash! Olive trees in view. Plosh! Ministers reshuffled. Splurge! Cameroons fired. Whoosh! P.S: Time for another dip in my Spanish pool…
A handful of gains from the Liberal Democrats do little to disguise a total stalemate between Labour and the Tories in this region.
The last ten surveys contain mixed news for all parties and some noteworthy results.
The fourth in our series investigates the East of England, where the minor parties are making their presence felt in a traditional Tory-Labour front.
A big lesson from the sum of recent Lord Ashcroft Polls is that the balance between Labour’s strength in England and its weakness in Scotland could be decisive in May.
What drives voters most? What are each party’s strengths and weaknesses? And what is going on in the battleground seats?