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The most marginal Tory-held seat in England

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Firstly some background – I was the Labour candidate in Southampton Itchen in June’s general election, the seat that we lost by 31 votes to the Conservatives making it now the most marginal Tory held seat in England. I am also the leader of Southampton City Council, one of those ‘red dot’ councils that have…

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Shared prosperity

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Voters who feel left behind want their concerns to be heard. A more inclusive economy offers a way to reconnect with them Over the last year, we have lived through two key moments in British democracy: the EU referendum and the general election. The immediate aftermath of the referendum vote revealed a profoundly divided Britain…

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The Schulz factor

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Charles Lees assesses the prospects for Europe’s oldest social democratic party in the forthcoming election and beyond As we approach this September’s federal elections, the SPD’s prospects of unseating Angela Merkel’s grip on the Federal Chancellor’s office look increasingly bleak. After an initial surge of enthusiasm at the start of the year for the SPD…