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John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning. Click here and 'like' to receive updates on Facebook

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Election Result Pedantry, Eagle Eye

Election Result Pedantry

Three points about the 2015 general election result.
1. Members of Parliament
Conservative 331, Labour 232, SNP 56, Lib Dem 8, DUP 8, Others 11. Sinn Fein (do not take their seats) 4.
Sky News says Conservative 330, but this is because it excludes the Speaker. It makes more sense to include him in the Conservative total (see [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 10 May 2015 at 4:03 pm

ComRes poll: Labour and Conservatives tied, Eagle Eye

ComRes poll: Labour and Conservatives tied

With less than a week to go until the election, the Conservatives and Labour are tied in the latest ComRes telephone poll for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.
Both are on 33% of the vote, having both fallen two points since the last ComRes telephone poll (for the Daily Mail on Wednesday). If [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 7:28 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. This is our only poll of the campaign, and it has been carried out by telephone instead of online, as our usual series has been.
In addition to voting intention, we asked the following questions.
From what you have seen [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 12:36 pm

That hung parliament scenario in full, Eagle Eye

That hung parliament scenario in full

I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely pointed out that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act meant that votes on a Queen’s Speech (a government’s programme for a new session of Parliament) or a Budget could no longer be declared matters of confidence and therefore could not [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 11:23 am

Ed Balls rehearses Ed Miliband’s lines for the Budget reply, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls rehearses Ed Miliband’s lines for the Budget reply

Ed Balls, the shadow Chancellor, was on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live. It was interesting because John Pienaar put to him some of the things that George Osborne might do in the Budget, and Balls seemed to be trying out lines for Labour’s response – although that will be delivered, according to convention, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 15 March 2015 at 8:08 pm

Green surge checked – ComRes poll, Eagle Eye

Green surge checked – ComRes poll

The Green surge appears to have stalled after Natalie Bennett, the party leader (right), suffered what she called a “brain fade” in a radio interview last month, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror. The Green Party has dropped four points in the Favourability Index since January, putting [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 8:20 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month we had a two-point Labour lead.
This time we have repeated our Favourability Index, asking if people have a favourable or unfavourable view of six parties – Labour, Conservative, UKIP, Lib Dem, SNP and Greens – and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 10:49 am

Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll, Eagle Eye

Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll

Most voters – male and female – think that Labour’s pink “Woman to Woman” bus patronises women, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. The poll finds 57 per cent of women and 55 per cent of men agree that, “by travelling around Britain in a pink [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 February 2015 at 7:28 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month the poll showed Labour with a one-point lead over the Conservatives.
In addition to asking people how they would vote in the election, we surveyed attitudes to Harriet Harman’s pink bus, asking if people agreed or disagreed with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 February 2015 at 10:39 am

Michael Gove: The Myth of the Zombie Parliament, Eagle Eye

Michael Gove: The Myth of the Zombie Parliament

Michael Gove, the Chief Whip, spoke at Policy Exchange today. Here is the text (cartoon by Political Satire Book of the Year award winner Martin Rowson, with his kind permission):
Unfashionable causes should always know they have an ally in me. Learning poetry by heart, keeping the Elgin marbles in the British Museum, allowing Wham to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 5 February 2015 at 7:41 pm

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