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  1. September 29, 2014

    Tories fight to save Rochester seat

    The Conservatives are launching a blitz campaign to save their seat in Rochester after Mark Reckless, the sitting MP,...

  2. September 25, 2014

    Ukip takes anti-establishment fight to Essex seaside

    With a blend of populist anger, personal charm and anti-Westminster tirades, Douglas Carswell, Ukip candidate for the...

  1. September 24, 2014

    Labour faces Ukip threat in Heywood by-election

    The spirit of Nigel Farage has infused the Lancashire town of Heywood. In the Edwin Waugh pub, it is “tax equality day” with...

  2. September 2, 2014

    David Cameron faces birthday blues in Clacton

    Nigel Farage is poised to deliver David Cameron an unwelcome birthday present after the date was set for a by-election in...

  3. August 28, 2014

    Ukip’s existing Clacton candidate stands firm

    Douglas Carswell’s plan to fight a by-election in Clacton for Ukip took a farcical twist as the incumbent candidate said he...

  4. August 28, 2014

    Tory maverick jumps ship and takes gamble on re-election

    Tory defector Douglas Carswell’s role as one of Westminster’s most maverick politicians may be connected to his unusual...

  5. August 28, 2014

    Ukip defection exposes Tory faultlines

    David Cameron was on Thursday night fighting to restore order in his party after the defection of a leading Tory eurosceptic...

  6. June 6, 2014

    Tories win Newark by-election as Ukip gains

    David Cameron’s Conservative party won the Newark by-election and put the brakes on the UK Independence party’s populist...

  7. June 3, 2014

    Newark hints at general election Culloden for Ukippers

    Having reduced the political establishment to gibbering wrecks, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s great march on London faltered and...

  8. May 30, 2014

    Disillusioned Newark voters identify with Ukip’s everyman message

    Two miles from the Newark campaign office of the United Kingdom Independence party, neat rows of white headstones mark the...

  9. May 28, 2014

    Conservatives feel under pressure in Newark after Ukip surge

    David Cameron recently ordered all Tory MPs to pay at least three trips to Newark before next Thursday’s by-election amid...

  10. April 30, 2014

    Farage admits ‘bottling’ chance to stand for parliament

    Nigel Farage has dashed expectations that he could use the imminent by-election in Newark to stand for Parliament in what...

  11. April 29, 2014

    Farage will not stand for Newark after Mercer quits

    Nigel Farage announced on Wednesday he would not run as the UK Independence party candidate in the Newark by-election,...

  12. February 14, 2014

    Labour wins UK by-election as Ukip trumps Tories

    The ruling coalition in the UK was dealt a blow in the latest by-election test, as the UK Independence party pushed the...

  13. February 10, 2014

    Labour fights Ukip in Wythenshawe poll

    Last time David Cameron was in Wythenshawe, a teenager pretended to shoot him. The prime minister has not returned to the...

  14. January 24, 2014

    SNP suffers by-election setback as Labour wins in Cowdenbeath 

    The Scottish National party has suffered a significant by-election setback, just eight months before the historic referendum...

  15. May 2, 2013

    Labour holds South Shields as Ukip vote surges

    Labour won the South Shields by-election on Thursday night but the threat of Ukip loomed large over all three main political...

  16. April 30, 2013

    Nigel Farage takes by-election fight to Labour in South Shields

    Possibly not since Muhammad Ali, the world heavyweight boxer, arrived in 1977 to a hero’s welcome has South Shields seen a...

  17. March 1, 2013

    The fool’s errand of outflanking Ukip

    Coalition government has inflicted almost three years of political pain on the Liberal Democrats, so their victory in the...

  18. March 1, 2013

    Beware of misreading Eastleigh result

    There are few mornings so bracing in British politics as those that follow an interesting by-election. Lessons are drawn,...

  19. March 1, 2013

    Eastleigh result set to reverberate

    There were two winners in the Eastleigh by-election and two big losers on a night of high political tension. The lessons...

  20. March 1, 2013

    Lib Dems sweep to Eastleigh victory

    The Liberal Democrats swept to victory in Eastleigh in a stunning by-election result that saw the Conservatives driven into...

  21. February 28, 2013

    Eastleigh poll result ‘too close to call’

    Counting was under way in Eastleigh on Thursday night in a by-election billed as the most significant for 30 years. Polls...

  22. February 27, 2013

    Tories face ‘crisis’ if poor result in Eastleigh

    David Cameron will face a “crisis” if the Conservatives come third in the Eastleigh by-election behind the Liberal Democrats...

  23. February 25, 2013

    Eastleigh poll points to Clegg lifeline

    The Liberal Democrats remained confident of victory in this week’s Eastleigh by-election as a new opinion poll suggested the...

  24. February 20, 2013

    London mayor aims to boost Tories in Eastleigh

    Clicks of camera phones and the laughter of middle-aged women announced Boris Johnson’s arrival at Eastleigh’s Asda long...

  25. February 14, 2013

    Cameron turns right to woo Eastleigh voters

    David Cameron has tacked to the right in advance of the closely watched by-election in Eastleigh, telling local voters he...

  26. November 30, 2012

    Lib Dems face up to by-election losses

    Senior Liberal Democrats have tried to calm nerves within the party after it tumbled to what one expert called its worst...

  27. November 28, 2012

    Foster row bolsters Ukip hopes

    Once derided as a single issue fringe obsessed with leaving the EU, the UK Independence party has received an unexpected...

  28. November 16, 2012

    Ukip boasts of being third party

    Nigel Farage boasted that his anti-Brussels party is the “third force in British politics” after beating the Lib Dems to...

  29. November 16, 2012

    Cameron plays down Corby by-election loss

    David Cameron played down Labour’s success in the Corby by-election on Friday, dismissing it as a “classic midterm result”...

  30. November 16, 2012

    Cameron humbled by voter apathy

    David Cameron’s hopes that Britain would embrace his vision of US-style elected police chiefs lay in tatters as the public...

  31. November 15, 2012

    Pressure builds as Cameron faces poll blow

    David Cameron was bracing himself on Thursday night for a crushing Tory by-election loss in the marginal seat of Corby and...

  32. November 14, 2012

    Labour focuses on NHS in Corby campaign

    Labour is tipped to win Thursday’s Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election, after a skilful campaign that has exploited...

  33. November 13, 2012

    Tory MP faces questions on Corby campaign

    The Tory MP running this week’s by-election campaign in Corby was facing awkward questions on Tuesday night after appearing...

  34. August 6, 2012

    Mensch blow gives Cameron ‘huge headache’

    David Cameron’s leadership has come under fresh strain after Louise Mensch, a rising star of his Conservative backbenches,...

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