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« Reply #50 on: July 15, 2017, 11:14:43 pm »
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Paul Nuttall Responds to Theresa May

Sky News Reporter: On the campaign trail today, Mrs. May said "that your solutions are just one more disaster waiting to happen", "fairytales", and then basically called you a nut. What do you have to say to this?

Nuttall: Mrs. May is free to think whatever to want to about my intelligence or mental state, I don't really care but I do sense that she was angry about the truth, I said this week in Thanet. In regards to our partys manifesto, I found her comments to be completely wrong and just lies straight to the British public. Calling our manifesto, fairytales and a disaster, are just rubbish and she knows it. Our manifesto actually helps working people unlike the Conservative manifesto. Mrs. May likes to talk about the coalition of chaos led by Mr. McDonnell and Mr. Clegg but in reality she's a member of the same group of elites in Westminster that have made life harder for working people across our nation. She claims to be for the working class, while in reality in her life she's fought against proposals to help the working class including keeping jobs that help our local economy in our nation. Her party has also pledged numerous times to bring down immigration to a controllable and sane level, they have failed on that front and numbers continue to rise. I'm not going to hide from the truth that some of our manifesto ideas do require us leaving Europe. But neither should Mrs. May hide from the truth that her party hasn't supported the working class in the last forty years. Nor should she hide from the truth that her party has should out the British people to the bureaucrats in Brussels and she will do nothing to stop it. I do believe that we will leave the EU and that our manifesto will be put in place because the British public is sick of seeing their soverignity go to Brussels, seeing thousands of low-skilled workers come in from Eastern Europe and seeing their good-paying factory jobs go overseas. Our manifesto also calls for a ten percent repatriation tax which isn't mentioned in their manifesto to bring back good-paying jobs in our nation and grow our local economy. We also call for more grammar schools which will help educate thousands of young people from Scotland to Thurrock to Belfast. Mrs. May can resort to whatever name-calling she wants to and spread lies about our manifesto all she wants but we will keep on spreading our message of freedom, soverignity and prosperity to all Britons. If I may add as a final point, Mrs. May doesn't believe that the so called 'magic fairy tales' can happen but she's wrong, we believe that they can happen, because we believe in the British people we will never stop believing in them.
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End of Turn Three:


With the Lib Dems and Labour fighting for survival, Mrs. May emerges as a clear favorite

In the News:

The Sun: Theresa May, PM in waiting?

While the decisions made by Theresa May can be considered questionable on account of leaving her flank open to UKIP and a debate performance that failed to lead to a Tory surge, it appears the unlikely centrist and working-class message she has been promoting is finally being heard by the voters, who may be starting to tire of the bickering taking place between the Lib Dems and the Labour Party. Despite polling showing voters consider Mrs. May as "dull" or "not particularly exciting", she is now firmly leading on polls about who'd make the best Prime Minister. As the Conservatives firmly surpass their 2010 results in polling the question that most are asking is, is Mrs. May the next PM in waiting?

The Independent: Clegg is the leader for change

Despite the highly questionable nature of the attacks thrown at him by the cabinet, Mr. Clegg remains defiant and unwilling to fall to the operation launched from Downing Street to put an end to his meteoric rise during this election campaign. Proudly standing for relevant causes such as environmentalism, political reform and LGBT rights, Mr. Clegg continues to be every bit the leader and the voice of change across this campaign, a move which is justified by his daring sacking of Chris Huhne...

The Guardian: Progressive split in Britain

Voters who lean or vote to the left will find that this campaign poses an unlikely dilemma for them, particularly when taking into account what might have been expected of Mr. McDonnell's election as Labour Leader and Prime Minister. As Labour takes a surprisingly moderate stand amidst a disappointing campaign (which has nonetheless seen them stop their bleeding and showcase great talent on men like Owen Smith) the Lib Dems have marched to the left with a well planned effort and mostly effective performances, their momentum now halted by the Huhne scandal and painful attacks on Mr. Clegg. But which party will be the one to become the true voice of progressives?

The Telegraph: Mrs. May silences her critics, finds her voice

Many inside the Conservative Party harbored doubts regarding Mrs. May since her election, and many have also been critical of her strategic decisions for this campaign, including a manifesto that strayed away from Conservative orthodoxy into middle ground. Yet those same critics have been silenced in the past few days as Mrs. May has finally found her voice, showcasing a calm force that has seen her party finally break out in the polls and take a firm lead ahead of Labour and the Lib Dems. We commend the Conservative Leader on recovering for what seemed like a hard spot for a moment as the Lib Dems are contained and Labour regroups, but can she keep up the momentum?

Daily Express: Nuttall, man of the people

While Mrs. May has her own positive qualities, those have been overshadowed by the commitment of Paul Nuttall and UKIP towards several banners that must be defended in Britain, the first and foremost of those being staunch opposition to Brussels and the failings of the EU experiment. Making a successful run for former Labour and Tory voters (which we're told is what has prevented Labour from making gains this week) and giving Eurosceptics a voice Mr. Nuttall continues to earn support for the UK Independence Party, and one must wonder if UKIP will truly deliver a surprise on Election Night.
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Turn Four:
Back to the Debate Stage
January 27th to February 2nd, 2012


Dimbleby: Good evening, and welcome to our coverage of the 2012 General Election.

And what a week it's been. Prime Minister John McDonnell and the Labour Party have mounted a large-scale offensive against the Lib Dems and Nick Clegg, to far reaching consecuences for both parties. As the Conservatives march past their rivals to consolidate their lead the second and final debate is coming, in what should be a key opportunity for party leaders to make the case and hope for success. And here's Nick Robinson with the latest poll average:

Average Polls:

Conservative Party: 38% (+3)
Liberal Democrats: 25% (-1)
Labour Party: 21%
UKIP: 10% (+1)
Green Party: 3% (-1)
SNP: 1%
Others: 2% (-2)


Robinson: It was a few days ago that we spoke about the apparent need for both the Conservatives and the Labour Party to fight back against the rise of the minor parties, and both did just that. Almost unscatched from the fight between Nick Clegg and John McDonnell, Theresa May's Conservatives have made some key ground by approaching 40%, all while UKIP continues to make some gains of their own and the vote share of smaller parties begins to collapse.

The story of the week has been the rivalry between the Lib Dems and the Labour Party, the results of which are somewhat hidden in the national polling. Private polling shows the attacks from Labour really made a dent on the Lib Dems and forced some significant damage on Mr. Clegg's approvals. Indeed, it seems the Lib Dems only avoided larger losses due a decisive performance on the Huhne scandal and due to a solid performance by Mr. Clegg and Mr. Cable, while at the same time bringing many Green leaning voters back to their camp.

Labour also made significant ground in some areas of the country, but this has been balanced out by continued losses to UKIP on account of issues like immigration and the EU and even to the Conservatives. Still, cabinet ministers like Owen Smith really made a name for themselves, and if Labour can keep up their attacks and follow them with more attractive promotion of their policies they could very well regain second place.

A lot will depend on the second debate, that is certain.


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1.- Turn: This turn lasts for 72 hours, ending on the afternoon of July 19th (Wednesday).

2.- Debate: We have our second and last debate! All leaders are welcome to participate, but particpation is merely optional for the DUP. Winner of the debate gets a reward of 25 CP, second place gets 15 CP.
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''This election is about where you're going, not where you're coming from'' An Address by Nick Clegg.


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'Well friends it's certainly not been a dull week...''

'I also know a lot of you will be wondering why I've gathered so many of you here, in Sheffield, just before the debate. Most of you know I don't need much of an excuse to return home. But today is the day that I want to lay out just why I want the immense privilege of being your next prime minister.

I always knew in this election we'd face a barrage from the old parties, who, as always, are amazed that not everyone in this country thinks we should just rattle back between red, and blue, and red and blue.

I saw this first hand when I lead the campaign to make every vote in this country count; I saw the old parties use every trick, every penny and every effort to stop our campaign for fairness- and they failed.

That's the moment when I believed, that we were on the cusp of something great- a new politics that throws off the chains of the past, and puts fairness at the centre of it's DNA. I know that whether it's on Education, healthcare or taxation that the Liberal Democrats are the only party who can put fairness at the heart of any government.

But politics, as always is about who you have leading that government. As a party we've always favoured policies over personalities, we've avoided the melodrama of the old parties and we've remained stronger for doing so- but today I want to put forward my own story.

Yes, as John McDonnell pointed out, I'm the son of the banker. I think most people noticed that. But there is something much more important about my Dad- he taught me that fairness, equality and compassion were the values that should drive you throughout life, whether you're a banker in the city, a farmer in the fields or a factory worker, you should always put fairness first. That's why I've spend my life in public service- to make Britain a much fairer, and more equal place than it is.

I'm also the grandson of Refugees from Ukraine, who fled persecution and murder, from the Tyranny of the Soviet Union. My grandparents were able to make a home in Britain; in this great, tolerant beacon of opportunity. I'm never going to apologize for my upbringing, and I'm never going to back down when someone launches such ridiculous attacks on me.

Labour want politics to descend into this ridiculous, policy free zone, of course they do. They threw the national interest out the window when they mucked around with their internal rules, and then they gave up any chance of power when they handed John McDonnell the keys to number 10. I don't care if you're the son of a banker, the son of a bus driver, the son of a teacher, the son of a policemen, or the son of a politician- you should never put your own, narrow, destructive ideology ahead of the national interest.


There's also a much wider point to be demonstrated here- the ideology and aims of the Liberal Democrats are different to Labour. We want to give power back to communities, and take it away from governments when it's used to corrode our privacy, supercharge our taxes and and stifle our opportunity.

We've been accused of 'nicking Labour's policies' which is frankly rich since they've got such a threadbare manifesto; but let's go through some of our ideas.

Equal Marriage- that's a liberal idea.
A £2,000 tax cut- that's a liberal idea.
A free school meal for every child- that's a liberal idea.
A tax on bonuses of bankers who crashed the economy - that's a liberal idea.
A ban of big money in politics- that's a liberal idea.
A reformed House of lords, and a mayor for every region- that's a liberal idea.


It comes down to a simple message; Britain needs to have a fairer society, where every single person, yes even 'the son of a banker' can have access to the opportunity of a good school, a good house, a good job, a good family and a can join with everyone else to continue the quest for a fairer society.

This election is about who can lead us to a fairer future. It should be about where you're going to, not where you're coming from. From today, let's continue our fight for a fairer Britain.

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Jeremy Corbyn continued his role as McDonnell's attack dog this week, slamming the Lib Dem leader in an interview with the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg.

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*Kuenssberg* Don't you think some of the attacks on Nick Clegg are spurious? Some might say he's gone to the left of Labour, after all.

*Corbyn* Not at all. For one, when Gordon Brown instituted austerity measures, Clegg said he'd fight them. What happened to that? John, Lisa, Owen and I all voted against them, led the charge aganst them. We went around the country whipping up support for ending austerity. Where were Clegg and the Liberal Democrats? Certainly not trying to fight austerity with us, for sure. He's a paper tiger. He talks a big game, but when he's challenged, he collapses.

*Kuenssberg* Do you trust him?

*Corbyn* No, not at all. His run leftwards is done out of pure political expedience. There is no principle involved in it. He's making a cynical play for votes among Labour's traditional voters. That's all really. Mark my words, he gets into power, and he'll backtrack on about half his promises and the other half will be put off for years.

*Kuenssberg* And the Conservatives?

*Corbyn* They're going after austerity measures like the public still wants them. They don't. The people of this country don't want a privatized NHS. They want to be able to go home and put food on the table. Labour has promised to deliver a living wage to people and expand public housing, so we can give homes to those who can't afford it themselves. A society with any homeless has failed in some way. Labour is here to rectify that.

Corbyn would hold massed rallies in the north of England throughout the week.
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Speaking to journalists at a campaign rally in Richmond, Clegg joked about the continued attacks on him by the Labour leadership, as Labour continued to attack him, in an attempt to to push themselves up from 21% in the polls.

'I saw that the attack dog had been let off the leash this morning- I'm sure a lot of people in Labour will remember the comment by Dennis Healey and dead sheep. I've been attacked in the last week by Owen Smith for bringing down the government, and today I've been attacked for supporting the Government. I really think Labour should calm down a bit, lock themselves in a dark room, and actually work out if they've got a single policy for students, for LGBT rights or even how they're going to form a government.

I'm focused on building our own fair deal for Britain; I'm going to do what most the country have done and put the Labour party on mute.  
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January 27 - February 2


First Minister Arlene Foster at the second BBC Leaders Debate on February 1

January 27, 2012:

DUP Leader Arlene Foster went door knocking in Belfast in the morning with a group of DUP volunteers.

In the afternoon, she and Ian Paisley, Jr. MP led a different group of DUP volunteers door knocking in Antrim.

Foster spent the evening meeting with Paisley, Jr. and senior DUP officials about election strategy in Antrim.

January 28, 2012:

DUP Leader Arlene Foster spent the morning door knocking in Derry with a group of DUP volunteers.

In the early evening, Foster delivered a major speech on relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union in Omagh. She continued her calls for a “national, binding referendum on the future of the relationship between” the UK and EU. She countered a comment made by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams at the first BBC Leaders Debate, saying “[Adams] says we’d only make up 3% of the electorate in such a referendum. But it is not an ‘Us versus Them’ fight. We are all brothers and sisters, patriots and Britons. If the country as a whole votes to leave the European Union, we will all leave.”

When asked by a member of the press if a deal could be worked out where the rest of the UK leaves the EU but Northern Ireland, because of its border with the Republic of Ireland, remains, Foster was vehemently opposed, saying “We are one nation. There is no scenario where one of the constituent states remains in the EU while the other three leave. That’s just not possible.”

January 29, 2012:

No public events were held, because DUP Leader Arlene Foster attended church in Enniskillen.

January 30, 2012:

DUP Leader Arlene Foster spent most of the day in meetings related to the Northern Irish Executive at her home in Enniskillen.

In the evening, she made phone calls across Northern Ireland in support of the DUP.

January 31, 2012:

Speaking to Sky News on Sunrise, DUP Leader Arlene Foster confirmed her attendance at the second BBC Leaders debate. She did do a bit of politicking, saying “After my first performance, the bar is going to be set so high that it may look like I’ve fallen short. I’m going to go in and give the best argument for the DUP and make the case that we’re the only party that can actually fight for the needs of Northern Ireland.”

Later on in the day, Foster toured the Armagh Observatory in Armagh with Freda Donnelly, Mayor of Armagh and William Irwin, MLA. Afterwards, the trio met with voters at St. Catherine’s College, Armagh.

In the evening, Foster and senior DUP officials held a rally at the Craigavon Civic Center in Craigavon as a send off for Foster before the BBC Leaders Debate. Nigel Dodds, MP and Diane Dodds, MEP opened the rally, throwing their support behind Foster’s call for an EU referendum. Emma Little-Pengelly, who has been a rising star in Foster’s DUP, was given a key speaking slot and introduced Foster.

Foster gave a fiery speech, both attacking her political rivals and bolstering her own party. Talking about Sinn Fein, Foster said “The idea that their abstentionism is actually better for Northern Ireland than taking their seats, speaking in debate, and voting on motions is just ridiculous. It is never easier to enact change by looking on from afar than by sitting in the room, at the table.” Talking about the DUP, Foster taught their record in Stormont and the strength of their manifesto, saying “The DUP is the only party with a positive, forward looking vision centered around Northern Ireland. The UUP are no more than the Northern Ireland branch of the Tories and look more to London than to Belfast; the TUV and Sinn Fein both want to rehash the battles of the last century, instead of working towards a better and brighter future. We in the DUP recognize that the time for fighting is over - it is time to move forward and come together!”

February 1, 2012:

DUP Leader Arlene Foster flew to London to participate in the BBC Leaders Debate.

February 2, 2012:

DUP Leader Arlene Foster spent most the day in London and Westminster, meeting with the 8 current DUP MPs as well as government ministers in her role as First Minister of the Northern Irish Executive.

She returned to Northern Ireland through the Belfast International Airport. While at the airport, she gave an impromptu speech about the DUP’s proposed “re-investment” in Northern Ireland’s infrastructure and the airport.
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Robertson heads to the Labour's heartlands

Angus Robertson has been campaigning in Labour's heartlands in West-Central Scotland to win votes for the SNP. Speaking in Govan, he told voters:
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Labour has failed to ensure that a distinctive Scottish voice is heard in Westminster. They have shown that it will not stand up for the best interests of Scotland when it's at odds with the Westminster leadership of the party. The SNP will always stand up for the interests of Scotland - no matter the circumstances.

This election is an opportunity to make Scotland's voice heard. Here in Govan, 38% of children live in poverty. What has Labour done to counter this? Glasgow has repeatedly voted Labour in the hope that they will solve their problems, but time after time Labour have ignored the people who have elected them. The SNP will speak up for the people; Glasgow will have a voice in Parliament.

The SNP will fight to tackle poverty, will fight for increase equality, will fight for fairer wages, will fight for common people.

Glasgow had one of the highest votes in favour of devolution back in 1997 and Glasgow can lead the way in bringing about a strong SNP team at Westminster in the coming term of the parliament. This will ensure that the devolved Scottish Parliament will have a strong voice in the UK Parliament.

The SNP were elected in the 2011 Holyrood election with a manifesto commitment to hold a referendum on independence. We must not let the unionist parties stand in the way of Scotland having its voice heard.

27 January: Glasgow
28 January: Glasgow
29 January: Glasgow
30 January: Inverclyde, Renfrewshire
31 January: East and West Dunbartonshire
1 February: North Lanarkshire
2 February: South Lanarkshire
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'It's about wanting to tell our kids we did everything for their future' Nick and Miriam give joint interview to the Times.


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In the hotel conference room, on the outskirts of Exeter, Nick and Miriam settled down on a sofa joking that it was a relief not having to be interviewed in their Putney home- 'it's been a bit of a mess since 2010' Clegg joked.

Miriam González Durántez, Clegg's wife kept a low profile during the 2010 election, on account of the young age of her children and time consuming work as a trade lawyer. However Durantez and Clegg gave their first joint interview of the election campaign before a rally in Exeter, with Durantez insisting 'I won't be going up on stage to have him hug and kiss me,' with Clegg joking 'how absurd it would be for him to turn up to Miriam's law firm to be paraded around'.

However in a more serious tone Miriam was quick to defend her husband from the charge that he was out of touch. 'Nick has spend his whole life fighting against injustice'; and said that her husband has championed the causes that no-one else has even bothered talking about such as LGBT rights, tax evasion and climate change. Gonzales and Clegg, who both meet in Bruges in the 1990s said that politicians should be more outwards looking about inequality, and shouldn't just sucked into the day to day of Westminster politics.

Despite saying that they'd 'fight to the death' to protect their three childrens privacy, Nick admitted that it was 'hard' spending so much time away from his children but admitted that ''When I look at them now, even at such a young age, I know that soon they'll be living their own lives, wanting to travel, wanting to meet their partners, wanting to live in a world that's open and accepting of them', to which Miriam chimed in 'it's about wanting to tell them that we've done everything for them'.

 

January 27th- Clegg holds rally in Richmond- Tells voters ''if you care about climate change, if you care about gay rights, if you care about living in a fair Britain, make your voice heard'' London.



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In a campaign address Clegg issued a loud, and bold pitch for centre-left voters across London to 'unite around our vision of a fair Britain' and said that the Liberal Democrats were the only party who had put forward 'a comprehensive plan to tackle the inequalities that plague our society'.

Urging Green party, socially liberal tories and Labour voters to vote for the Liberal Democrats Clegg said that it was vital 'that all of us who believe in an open, compassionate, and fair society, unite with one clear voice'.In a more somber tone Clegg warned that Britain would face 'tough, tough choices' in the future, and said the only the Liberal Democrats could provide an economic plan that would protect 'jobs and investment' whilst protecting frontline services such as education and healthcare.'

January 28th- Clegg launches rural manifesto in Yeovil. ''Let us be the champions for rural Britain'' South-West England



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In an animated address Nick Clegg stood with shadow Chancellor Vince Cable, and former leader Paddy Ashdown to launch the partys rural manifesto. Clegg attacked 'successive governments' for 'ignoring rural Britain during the boom years' and said 'the only time politicians  would care would if there was a flood, or a case of TB'. Calling this the 'old reactive' government Clegg vowed that he wanted the Liberal Democrats to be 'champions for rural Britain' and unveiled a host of policies that he said would 'protect, and boost' rural Britain.

Rural Manifesto
+Protect all post offices within rural areas, along with over front line services such as health clinics and police offices.
+Invest in bus transport with a £300 million fund, paid for by a review of private rail subsidies.
+£1 billion 'rebuild rural britain' scheme to fund fibre-optic broadband, green energy projects, farm diversification, road building and other capital projects.
+ A ban on Hydraulic Fracking whilst a public inquiry is undertaken.
+ Support for CO-OP local authority farms, and tax payment extensions for farmers.



January 29th- Clegg gives speech in St Ives. ''People don't want a government that hordes power'' South-West England


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In a speech to Lib Dem activists in St Ives Nick Clegg urged Cornwall to 'send a loud, and proud message' in the election by continuing to send a strong team of Liberal Democrat MPs, who can fight for a fairer economy, and a fairer politics. Talking to activists Clegg said that despite press reports the Liberal Democrats weren't simply stealing Labours' clothes; but were offering a distinctly liberal message ..

'I've been clear throughout this whole campaign; I'm a liberal. It's why I never supported New Labour when they were dragging us into Iraq, it's why I never supported being able to lock people up for 90 days without charge, its why I never supported torture. The central premise of New Labour was to pump the City of London, and then redistribute that money from the center. As you've noticed Labour have changed a bit; but there premise is still the same- tax from Whitehall, spend from Whitehall. The tories haven't even changed; they still want to rule from the center. They want to sit in Whitehall and decide where to cut without even coming down to communities like this.

We need to champion devolved politics; we need to create metro mayors and give power back to local communities. We need to continue the great liberal tradition where governments are questioned, where power is shared evenly and where we all come together for a fairer society.
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January 30th- Cable interrogates Tory manifesto. ''There's a black-hole at the heart of the manifesto, and the Tories needs to be honest about the cuts'' London


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In a press conference in London Vince Cable warned that the tories were about to get through the general election without 'giving a single warning about the scale of cuts that were going to come''. Cable also said that the tories had yet to give any solid commitments about whether they would protect health or education spending, as the Liberal Democrats had pledged to do. Talking to reporters Cable argued...

'Mrs May simply hasn't laid out where the £6 billion worth of cuts are going to come from in her manifesto; she hasn't laid out how she's going to pay for the tax cuts in her manifesto, she hasn't laid out how she's going to pay for her industrial policy.'' After the recession, and banking crash in 2008 Cable stressed that Mrs May needed to be open about her plans and policies and couldn't 'try and avoid scrutiny'.


January 31st- Clegg visits hospital. Pledges to protect health spending. Tells May to be honest about her NHS plans'' Glasgow, Scotland


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In a visit to a health centre in Glasgow, Nick Clegg promised that the Lib Dems would not only protect, and boost health spending over the next parliament, but that they would oppose any attempt at a top-down re-organisation, or any attempts to cut frontline staff. 'The NHS needs to be strengthened, and we need to start from a position of strength, you can't tackle the issues of mental health or Dementia if you don't recruit enough staff. Speaking to nurses, doctors and patients Clegg touted his plans to tackle the 'health epidemics' that will be the frontline of health spending in the future such as Diabetes, Dementia and heart disease.

Clegg repeated the claims of his Shadow Chancellor saying that Theresa May needed to 'come clean' over her spending cuts, and make it clear that 'they'd be no cuts to front-line health workers'. Mr Clegg said it would be an outrage 'if the tories get through this entire campaign without telling people what they're going to cut''.

February 1st- Joint Guardian Article by Lynne Featherstone and Sarah Teather. ''Theresa May needs to answer questions about her voting record''


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In a joint article by the Shadow Equality Secretary Lynne Featherstone and Shadow Home Secretary Sarah Teather, the liberal democrat team have attacked Mrs May over his 15 year voting record in parliament claiming that it raises 'too many red flags'.

Attacking her decision to vote against a minimum wage, her decision to vote against equalized age of consent, and her opposition to Section 28 they argued that Mrs May 'can talk and talk about equality' but that she failed to stand up for 'equal rights during her time on the Tory Frontbench''.

In a cutting final extract they argued that ''Voters need to know that when push came to shove Theresa May refused to stand up to the reactionaries in her own party, and voted against every measure to ensure that gays and lesbians were given equal rights. We all remember her speech to the Tory Party where she said they 'appeared like the nasty party'. It's always about appearances, but never about actions. What actions will she take in the next parliament to fight for equality?''


February 2nd-Clegg holds Your voice your vote' Rally, tells students 'destiny is in your hands' in Manchester, North West.''



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At the final campaign rally of the week, Nick Clegg admitted that it had been 'a long long week' but said that he would spend the last week of the campaign reaching out to all corners of Britain to put forward 'the positive vision of a new Britain' and said that the Liberal Democrats were on the cusp of a historic result.

'The cynics don't expect young people to turn out, they don't expect new voters to turn out, they don't expect people to throw off the old tribal voting patterns, they think that nothing has changed. But we know after last summer that people want a new politics; they want a prime minister who'll clean up politics, and they want a prime minister who will stand up and fight against injustice.

It's vital that you tell everyone you know that they need to vote; and they need to send a loud message that people are fed up. If you want to tackle climate change, if you want to ban fracking, if you want to pass equal marriage then you know what to do. Join our campaign for change, and vote for the Liberal Democrats.''
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Home Secretary Nandy: "Labour Party are the adults in the room when it comes to defense"


"Sometimes it can get lost in the politics of a campaign, but as Home Secretary, my number one priority is always keeping the people of this country safe. It takes a cool head and a willingness to listen to all sides of an issue. As tempting as it can be to take a partisan position and double down, it's just not worth it when people's lives are at stake. When it comes to our safety, we're always best working together, which is the exactly the approach we've taken in the Labour Party in order to keep this country safe for years."

"When you take a look at our records and judge our party manifestos, you'll see that the Labour Party are the adults in the room when it comes to defense. We're quite mindful of the disastrous failures of the Tories on this issue going back to the 80s where we pushed our military so far and risked so many lives needlessly without the ability to pay for it. Those are mistakes that we simply cannot afford to make again. On the other side of the coin, the Liberal Democrats propose massive defense cuts, irregardless of the consequences. To be frank, between gutting the military to the point of starvation and railing against Nuclear Power beyond reason, the Liberal Democrats sound more like the Greens these days. I can't even tell them apart anymore. I'm honestly surprised, as two members of the Home Secretary club, that Nick Clegg would take such an extreme, and frankly, reckless position on our national security."

"In the Labour Party, we propose to maintain our defense spending in the areas most needed, while examining areas of waste and inefficiency that we can trim to make our national defense even stronger. The best kind of cut is one that's made to actually improve how the government performs, not just making a cut for the sake of cutting. We have so many wonderful men and women making sacrifices and putting their lives on the line to keep us safe. What kind of thanks would it be to gut spending, both making them less safe on their missions and also killing their jobs? I've heard so many concerns from soldiers on the campaign trail. They keep telling me, "Lisa, why do the Lib Dems hate us so much? Don't let them kill our jobs. We have sons and daughters that we need to feed." I don't know what the Lib Dems have against our military; you'll have to ask them. As for me, I'm doing the best I can by taking the campaign to you and making my pitch, but in the end, it's up to you. We make the solemn promise as the Labour Party to our absolute best to protect jobs, to protect our national security, and to improve the lives of everyday people, whether you're a soldier, a miner, a teacher, or anything else. Alone, we are just individuals shouting to the skies, but together, we are a magnificent country and a people that can do anything we set our minds to. Thank you and God Bless!"

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January 27: Cardiff
January 28: Swansea

Campaign Stops in East Midlands

January 29: Leicester
January 30: West Bromwich

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January 31: Birmingham

Campaign Stop in Yorkshire and Humber

February 1: Sheffield

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The Liberal Democrats strongly reject the outrageous, and irresponsible smears from Lisa Nandy this evening. Whilst the Liberal Democrats have been focusing on our own positive campaign we simply couldn't ignore these latest attacks when they come on the serious issue of national security.

The Liberal Democrats are not proposing massive defense cuts; and will maintain the independent nuclear deterrent, along with the commitment to hit 2% of GDP spending on security spending; something that the Labour party have not committed to do.

The Liberal Democrats do not 'rail against Nuclear power beyond reason'. We oppose the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear reactor specifically because of security concerns that have been raised by Governor advisers such as Paul Dorfman. The Home Secretary should know this.

The Liberal Democrats will always put the safety, and security of this nation first and foremost.

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Shadow Chancellor Jeremy Corbyn- 'No Nuclear Power, Decommission the stations we've got''


After Home Secretary attacked the Liberal Democrats position of Nuclear power, which she incorrectly mis-categorized as opposition to all Nuclear Power stations, it's clear that Labours' own position on nuclear power is at best muddled with the Shadow Chancellor being filmed in opposition to building any more sites, and even wanting to tear down the remaining sites. This just shows once again that the Labour Party doesn't have a plan for government, when the Chancellor says one thing and the Home Secretary says the other.
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Tweet: There the Lib Dems go again, making things up on the go. Check out their manifesto for yourself. No promises about 2% of GDP!
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Scandal has hit the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Corbyn today as reliable sources leaked to this paper that Mr. Corbyn may have accepted up to £15,000 from the Iranian state network Press TV, a network which has been systematically criticized for its extremely poor record in human rights. Indeed, Press TV has gone as far as airing a forced confession by Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari, who stated to The Independent that he had indeed been tortured by government officials in Iran. While Mr. Corbyn is not related directly to this matter, he has been making appearances in Press TV since 2009, stopping shortly before becoming Chancellor in the McDonnell Government. Ofcom is reportedly considering banning Press TV in the UK, although the final decision rests with the Government...

BBC: Sir David Attenborough endorses Clegg for PM:


By far one of the most respected men in the UK and described as a "national treasure", broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough issued a statement today endorsing Nick Clegg for Prime Minister and making an open call to vote Liberal Democrat in the upcoming election. While Mr. Attenborough stated that he prefers to stay away from politics, he stressed his belief that Mr. Clegg and the Lib Dems would be a dynamic choice for a new government, noting that the time to act on environmental issues is now. Senior sources within the Lib Dems, aside from expressing joy at such as significant endorsement, have hinted that Sir David may be appearing in an upcoming Party Political Broadcast for the party.
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The following article was leaked by staff of Chancellor Corbyn.

So Nick Clegg wnts to run left? He has argued for 'savage' spending cuts. Does that not invalidate his left-wing platform?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8266260.stm
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The Sun: Was Cyril Smith involved in child abuse?


Westminster has been rocked by further scandals today as explosive allegations emerge regarding the late Cyril Smith, former Liberal and Lib Dem MP for Rochdale and a high profile political figure. Senior and well connected sources in Westminster spread the rumour of Smith having taken part in several instances of sexual abuse to minors and leaked information regarding this to The Sun, the coverage of this stunning development taking over the news. Shockwaves are starting to be seen as the curent MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, has already both expressed his suspicions that the claims are indeed true and called for a full, formal inquiry on the matter. On being pressed for further comment, Mr. Danczuk said that several alleged victims have already come forward to him to support these astounding claims.

While the family of Mr. Smith fiercely attacked these claims (noting they had only come forward too late for Smith to have a chance to defend himself), questions are now arising at whether a cover-up has been taking place regarding the late Liberal MP. How this will affect the ongoing election campaign remains to be seen.
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Dear me, whatever has happened to poor Mr. Clegg? After this week, I'm not sure even he knows what he's doing anymore. A politician, it seems, is never more incensed than when his opponent starts to tell the truth. Why, his denials and rebuttals have taken on an almost feverish quality, swinging from one extreme to the other like Tarzan on caffeine. Not the sort of staid leadership you'd expect from a man who claims to have learned honesty from a banker. Yet do not fear for him; I have it on good authority that nothing cures campaign fever like a good drubbing delivered at the polls.

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Our opponents claim the Labour Party has nothing new to offer the country in 2012. This is a lie, and a bad one. They tell it because they know Labour is the last line of defense against the forces of austerity and neo-Thatcherism, and they're eager to get rid of us. But I tell you this : we are going to fight for you, for your families, and for your jobs so long as we have air to breathe, and if the Tories and the Liberals think the working people of this country are going to put another Margaret Thatcher in Number 10, they've got another thing coming.

In the last month, while the Tory-Liberal opposition have been rubbing their hands together thinking of all the miners they're going to put on the streets, promising to end the recession by placing more power in the hands of those who started it, this government has been battling for you and for all the working families in this country. We have put forward a program more ambitious and comprehensive than any proposed in the modern history of this country. We have proposed a cap on executive salaries and a new Ministry of Labor to prevent the excess and corporate carelessness that caused the late recession from ever occurring again. We have proposed adopting a living wage, new and extended aid to working families, and renewed protections for organized labor to ensure the working people of this country have the strength and dignity they deserve. We have proposed a modern infrastructure for a modern Britain that will fuel growth and improve the standard of living in every region of the country. We have proposed a National Education Service to reform our schools and move Britain towards "cradle-to-grave learning." This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the Labour Party stands for; this is what we will fight for in the next parliament.

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January 27 - 30 : Campaigning in Northwest England
Campaigning for the Labour slate, the Deputy Leader and Foreign Secretary put forward Labour's plan for a better Britain, emphasizing pledges to institute the living wage, establish a National Education Service, protect organized labor, and expand the NHS. He also rained fire upon the Lib Dem campaign, stating "a man who claims he learned honesty from a banker cannot be trusted to represent the working people of Britain."

January 31 - February 2 : Campaigning in Scotland
Continuing his tour through the northern reaches of the British Isles, the Deputy Leader vigorously pressed Labour's plans for a living wage, support for working families and organized labor, capping executive salaries, creating a National Education Service, and expanding the NHS. He likewise continued to vocally criticize the Lib Dems, calling Nick Clegg "a modern-day Cassius who brought down the government for personal gain and now expects to be honored for it.

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Canvasing in Northwest England : 5 points
Canvasing in Scotland : 5 points


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"Our country deserves better than school yard squabbles," May takes on Clegg and McDonnell


Mrs May kicking off the penultimate week of the election campaign in Northumberland

27 January, North East England

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Well, what a difference a week can make! I think you can even start to see Nick Clegg's sweat through his "glow of stardom"!  I think he's finally starting to realize that you are tired of seeing him and John McDonnell slug it out, making this election a diva contest.  You do not deserve to be treated with such disdain and indifference; I believe that politics is not a game, but serious business that affects all of our lives.  You deserve to be treated with the same respect.

So while Labour and the Liberal Democrats continue their own spat, I want to talk about the Conservative plan to boost investment in your communities. Instead of another useless Labour quango to waste your money and everyone's time, we will work with successful businesses and entrepreneurs from across the world to invest and build in your local areas.  To bring innovation and jobs to places that Labour has left behind.

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28 January, Yorkshire

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It's clear now that Labour will say anything as a final, desperate attempt to cling on to power.  But just remember, it was Labour that presided over the worst recession since the 1930s, Labour will has allowed unemployment to go to its highest in twenty years, Labour which allowed local communities to wither away and die, Labour which increased taxes on working families and small businesses during their recession, and Labour which created a debt crisis on the back of an economic crisis.

The Labour Party has forgotten the values on which it was founded, and over fifteen years invested more money, time, and energy in the London bankers who crashed our economy than in the hard working people that I see in front of me here.  It is clear to me that the only job Mr McDonnell wants to save is his own; he will do whatever it takes, another stimulus for bankers, one more penny on the income tax, maybe a few more restrictions on your employment.

On the other hand, we have developed a plan which will bring workers into every board room in this country, reduce taxes for each of your families, and deliver billions of pounds of investment from the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. Labour is trapped in the rhetoric of the past, the seventies and eighties are gone, and we have a plan for the here and now.  Maybe they're too afraid to talk about the mess they've made in the twenty-first century that they insist on yanking us all back to the twentieth?!

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It is vital that we protect local businesses and local employment so that we can grow our economy from the bottom up and not the top-down as Labour has done.  We will establish meaningful controls on immigration, reducing the annual intake of economic migrants to levels which are sustainable and do not take away local jobs.  Immigration has strengthened our country, but just like so many other things, both Mr McDonnell and Mr Clegg don't want to do the work and come up with a credible solution; instead, they'll just throw more money at it and place greater and greater stress on our communities and our local services.

"Clegg is running against his own record," blasts May in Bristol

30 January, South West

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You can tell that the Wonder Kid is beginning to become a bit nervous, turning up the pressure on me.  Well you know what they say about not taking the heat...

How can Mr Clegg look at any of you with a straight face and claim to be a voice of reason and common sense when he was a member of a government which doubled the deficit?  How can anyone take him or Vince Cable seriously on the need of reducing the deficit when they oversaw it grow month after month for two years and did nothing?  What kind of leadership is this?

How can Mr Clegg look at you and promise to deliver hope for young people when his government did nothing to alleviate youth unemployment, tackle housing affordability, or reduce tuition rates?  How can anyone vote for someone who claims to be the change candidate when they're the incumbent!

Mr Clegg needs to realize that he has a record in government already: it's higher taxes, more wasteful spending, higher unemployment, and a skyrocketing deficit.  He needs to own up to his own decisions and understand that these are the big leagues now.

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It looks like Sir Vince Cable is once again trying his hand at fortune telling, having not been satisfied at predicting a recession the Coalition presided over, or a deficit crisis he helped to create, he now target our manifesto for addressing the problems he has 'discovered'!

The Liberal Democrats really need to learn that they cannot have it both ways; you cannot be a protest party and then sit at the Cabinet, you cannot be a party of government and then act as if you had nothing to do with the decisions of your government.

The deficit was doubled under Vince Cable and Nick Clegg's watch.  They sat in Number 10 at the Cabinet every week and watched it happen, they made it happen.  But let me tell you this, the solution to the deficit does not require Lib Dem piety.

Our plan will slash duplicate and wasteful spending by Labour and the Lib Dems in Whitehall PR programs, in mounds of bureaucratic red tape, and in masses of psychopathic quangos giving whatever answers the government wants.  We will use that money to invest in areas that really need it with programs that will actually affect people on the ground and make a real difference.

We are serious about reducing the deficit.  We did not create this crisis, but we will end it.


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Labour talks about having a new vision and new ideas for this country, but after fifteen years, all we need is a new government!  Every solution that Mr McDonnell and Mr Corbyn throw out to try to turn the polls around are just the same old con: higher taxes and more wasteful spending, less innovation, less investment in business, and less opportunity. 

Every problem that Labour claims to have the answer to is one that they have created for us.  The party that has given you the highest unemployment in twenty years, doubled the deficit in five, and cycled through three Prime Ministers in four, can not have any serious solution for any problem facing us.  It's time to kick this old, tired, useless government out of Number 10 and return some real leadership to government.

2 February, London

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In seven days we can close the chapter on this page in history.  We can put behind us fifteen years of waste, of lies, of misguided leadership.  We can finally take a chance to start fresh with new ideas and new leadership.  This election is incredibly important; I know that term gets thrown out by politicians every chance they get, but just look at the power of your vote over the last two years.

In 2010, you delivered the first hung parliament since 1974 and forced every party to the negotiating table.  Last year in the referendum, you caught all of us by surprise and voted for a new electoral system.  That system hands you, the voter, the ultimate power: the next Parliament will reflect exactly how you vote.  There is no such thing as a wasted vote as every single one will count.

Look at the power of the people in action.  Imagine what could happen if you came out to vote on February the 9th for a strong, competent government that puts people first and worked every day in your interests.  A government that believed in communities, in diversity, in acceptance and worked every day to help local cultures thrive.  A government that believed in promoting success and prosperity and lowered taxes on families and small businesses.  A government that believed in young people and stopped making going to university an un-affordable debt sentence and worked to create meaningful, dignified work in every kind of employment.

This is the kind of government we can get on February the 9th.  We can put an end to Mr McDonnell's tax and spend dogma better suited for the 1970s and we can prove to Mr Clegg that hope and promise are not cheap political brands but real desires that can be fulfilled. Together, we can deliver a better tomorrow!



Canvassing: 5 for London, 5 for East of England, 5 for South West, and 5 for North West.

National Seat Projection: 10
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The allegations in the Sun this morning that Cyril Smith, a former Liberal, and later Liberal Democrat MP engaged in child abuse are shocking, and are a matter of grave concern for the Liberal Democrats. It goes without saying that child sexual abuse is the most heinous of crimes, and the party takes any allegations extremely seriously.

For that reason the party has ordered HWFisher, to carry out a full audit and review of the Liberal Democrat archives, records and party staff in order to assess if these allegations were known to the party in the 1970's and 1980s, and to assess if any cover up occurred. Rather than tasking this to our own legal department we believe it is vital that an independent body carries out this review. The Party has also appointed Brian Altman QC to conduct an independent inquiry into the specific actions of Cyril Smith, and to assess the serious allegations that have been made.

It's not enough however to just review the actions of our party, and we believe that a fully independent Judicial Inquiry should take place into the matter, and will support the governments efforts to do so.
 
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Nigel Farage schedule.
January 27th, 2012:
-Speech in Oxford (SE England) on the necessity for British withdrawal from the European Union.
-Canvassing in Milton Keynes (SE England).
-Rally in Reading (SE England) with UKIP list candidates and other local candidates.

January 28th, 2012:
-Rally in Winchester (SE England) with UKIP list candidates, followed by a private meet and greet with top grassroots activists who have been canvassing the city.
-Speech in Southampton (SE England) on immigration and European related matters.
-Speech in Portsmouth (SE England) on the future of British industry.

January 29th, 2012:
-Rally in Wolverhampton (W Midlands).
-Canvassing in Sollihull (W Midlands).
-Speech in Walsall on immigration (W Midlands).
-Rally in Manchester with Paul Nuttall (W Midlands).

January 30th, 2012:
-No events scheduled; Farage rests at home.

January 31st, 2012:
-Canvassing in Stoke-on-Trent (W Midlands).
-Rally in Stoke-on-Trent (W Midlands).

February 1st, 2012:
-No events scheduled; Farage rests at home.

February 2nd, 2012:
-Rally in Clacton-by-the-Sea with list candidate Douglas Carswell.
-Canvassing in Thanet.
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As Clegg survives a barrage of attacks, is May's lead secure?

In the News:

The Sun: In May we Trust:

We endorsed the Conservative Party at the last election in a decision we do not regret, particularly after the disastrous record of the Coalition. Despite questionable decisions and a brief time as Conservative Leader Mrs. May has shown that she has what it takes to steer this nation through troubled waters, and we believe she'll make an excellent Prime Minister. Of John McDonnell we can say little more than the fact that it is already a disaster he is Prime Minister, and Nick Clegg, while impressive, still has the baggage of his party and his record in the Coalition behind him. In Theresa May we trust.

The Independent: Clegg rising on "preferred PM"

Decisive action on the highly controversial and sensitive case of Cyril Smith continues to prove Mr. Clegg has no tolerance for misbehavior, even if many inside the Liberal Democrats are criticizcing him for his decisions regarding Mr. Smith and Mr. Huhne. Despite Labour throwing the kitchen sink at the Lib Dem leader his approvals continue to rise after the latest debate, approaching Mrs. May to challenge her as the "preferred" choice for Prime Minister. If anything, this proves the curiousity of Nick Clegg being personally far more popular than the Lib Dems...

The Guardian: Vote Clegg for a progressive Britain

We've agonized in The Guardian over our endorsement for this General Election, even after endorsing Mr. Clegg in 2010. Last year we were encouraged by the election of John McDonnell as Prime Minister and we believed there was finally ground for the British left to flourish, but this election campaign has dashed those hopes. We've seen a Labour Party unclear on where it wants to go, and obsessed with attacking Nick Clegg above all. We've heard a populist tone with satisfaction, but it has not been enough. It is Nick Clegg who has taken the bold stances and the right policies in many areas, and while we have serious concerns about the scandal-ridden Lib Dems, we're clear that Clegg is the choice for a progressive Britain.

Daily Express: Vote UKIP, take back control

Mrs. May's pledge to stand tough on immigration is a welcomed development, and should the Conservatives enter government we will be vigilant to see that the job is done. But if you want to stand for true British values, look no further than the UK Independence Party. Paul Nuttall and Nigel Farage have taken this previously small party to increasing relevance with an effective campaign, targetining not only former Tory voters would appealing with great success to working class Labour supporters, feeling left behind after fifteen years of Labour rule. Only Mr. Nuttall can ensure the referendum on the EU we wish for.

Morning Star: It has to be Labour

For those of us firmly on the left of British politics, those of us who've suffered under the New Labour experiment of Blair and Brown, the Labour Party of John McDonnell is a welcomed sign that not all is lost. Moderate as some of their stances are, particularly those expressed by the Home Secretary, we embrace the combative nature of the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the Chancellor in portraying the Lib Dems as what they are: Tories in disguise. Only by voting Labour you can ensure that the rights of workers are properly respected, and see education and the NHS reformed for the greater good.
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Endgame
February 3rd to February 9th, 2012


Dimbleby: Good evening, and welcome to our coverage of the 2012 General Election.

As Theresa May recovers on pasts performances to win the second Leader's Debate, the war between Labour and the Lib Dems reaches unforeseen levels as reports of press leaks between both parties take over Westminster, leading to dramatic allegations against Chancellor Jeremy Corbyn and the late Cyril Smith MP. The effect on the polls appears to have been profound, and as the last week is upon us it falls to the parties to make a strong closing to their campaigns. Let's go to Nick Robinson:

Average Polls:

Conservative Party: 40% (+2)
Liberal Democrats: 27% (+2)
Labour Party: 19% (-2)
UKIP: 10%
Green Party: 2% (-1)
SNP: 1%
Others: 1% (-1)


Robinson: Astounding, isn't it? This poll average both reveals a lot and hides a lot of what is happening on the campaign trail. It is clear from the post-debate polls that the Conservatives enjoy a clear lead over their rivals, which could have led them to a reasonable landslide if this election was held under FPTP. What remains unclear is the exact situation of Labour and the Lib Dems. We've seen polls showing Nick Clegg reaching 30% and Labour crashing, just as we've seen polls showing Labour making a small comeback as the Lib Dems are pushed further back. Hence this shocking average, which would have the Lib Dems as the undisputed second party.

And what a tough week it's been for John McDonnell and Nick Clegg. The Labour Party's offensive against Clegg took a seemingly "no prisoners" approach, to the point that there's been clashes in public between MP's of both parties, and highly damaging press leaks. Mr. Clegg and his party have replied with a public relations machine behind them, dodging, deflecting or countering attacks with an effectiveness which reminded many of Tony Blair's heyday. And while the Lib Dems's approvals have taken a huge hit, it's Nick Clegg's personal popularity and this second coming of "Cleggmania" which is moving them ahead. Labour, on the other hand, has not addressed the attacks on the Chancellor in any way and has been seen as overtly negative, which appears to have hurt them greatly.

The picture is equally unclear on the regional level, but some trends that are noticeable is that the DUP is on course to triumph with Northern Ireland with about a third of the votes (which won't translate to many seats, however), and that the collapse of the Scottish National Party may have been halted thanks to Angus Robertson now that Mr. Salmond has taken a backseat in the campaign.

With election day approaching we must wonder, is the hype surrounding Mr. Clegg just hype? Is he closer to Number Ten than we suspect?


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Robertson gives a speech in Alloa, Clackmannanshire

Angus Robertson has been campaigning in Edinburgh and Fife, among others, this week, ahead of the general election. In a speech in Alloa, he told voters:
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With Labour collapsing, the SNP are the only choice for people who want to see their public services protected. While issues such as policing and healthcare are devolved, people need to be certain that they have people fighting to protect the budget of these at Westminster. As funding in Scotland is directly related to spending in England, we need MPs who will ensure that the Barnett consequentials come to Scotland. The SNP are the only party who will always speak out to protect the interests of the people.

We know that the Tories will cut the budget, making less money available to us in Scotland to provide public services. They've made it clear that they'll cut £6bn next year - about a half a billion being taken away from Scotland. The Lib Dems, too, have pledged to not spend anymore money on public services - masking it as a hollow promise to end borrowing - and we all know what's happened with Labour in power. The SNP know how to balance a budget - we've managed it every year we've been in power at Holyrood. We haven't let that get in the way of ensuring all public services have the money they need to provide a good service.

We will fight for inflation rate increases to the Scottish Parliamentary budget, as a minimum. We will not vote in favour of a bill that seeks to reduce the money available to Holyrood. Our public services should not be at the mercy of the Westminster government.

As I've said before, the choice that faces Scotland is between the London-based parties, who will stand up for Westminster in Scotland, and us, who will stand up for Scotland in Westminster.

Later in the week, Robertson reaffirmed the SNP's opposition to nuclear weapons at a CND meeting in Edinburgh:
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The Westminster parties have this fascination with Trident that is beyond belief. The claim that we don't have money to put into our health service or our schools, but we do have money to spend on weapons of mass destruction is incredible. These parties want to replace the current system with a £5bn a year programme! The Tories want to cut £6bn from the UK budget, so I can give them clear guidance on where 5/6ths of that money should come from.

What's even more surprising is the claim that they're necessary for defence, when countries like Germany, Australia and Japan get on fine without nuclear missiles. I think there's more chance of Civil Service Strollers winning next year's Scottish Cup than there is of someone attacking the UK. The two biggest threats to our security is terrorism and cybercrime - nuclear weapons can't defend against either of these threats!

So, we must think of why the London parties want to keep nuclear weapons. The only thing that I can think of is that they want to make the UK seem more powerful in the world than reality. Why else would the leaderships of all the major London-based parties want to keep a system that could end the planet at a moment's notice or error?

The UK is no longer a colonial superpower and nuclear weapons are the only reminiscence of this era. Once Westminster stops living in the past, we can all get on with our futures.

3 February: Fife (Northeastern)
4 February: Fife (Southwestern), Clackmannanshire
5 February: West Lothian, Falkirk
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