Archive for party political broadcast

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How they used to do party political broadcasts: the Lib Dems in 1988

A blast from the past with one of the 1988 local election broadcasts from the Social and Liberal Democrats (then in its brief post-merger phrase of trying to go by the short name of The Democrats). Presenter Michael Barratt was one of the country’s leading TV presenters, having fronted Nationwide for eight years through to […]
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VIDEO: #whyiamIN

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Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats make the case for Britain's membership of the European Union.
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Should local TV stations have to run local election broadcasts?

Ofcom's current consultation into the rules for party election broadcasts on TV (the free slots political parties and candidates get for short films) raises an intriguing question about local TV licensees. What should they have to broadcast?

Susan Kramer for Mayor of London – the 2000 party political broadcast

Back in 2000, Susan Kramer was the first (and in many ways most successful) Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London. Here is her party political broadcast from that campaign, featuring several familiar faces including a young Mike Tuffrey and also Susan’s husband, John, who died tragically early in 2006: Also available on YouTube here, [...]
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Five of the best political adverts: Britain deserves better

Music played a major role in one of the UK Labour Party’s 1997 general election broadcasts, which is the most powerful of all the ones I’ve seen ‘live’ at the time of broadcast.
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The other John Cleese party political broadcast

John Cleese made one of the most famous party political broadcasts with his 1980s effort on proportional representation. As with many sequels, his 1997 effort was not as good as the original but it’s still a pretty good affair: (Also available on YouTube here.) For my other posts on party political broadcasts, including more clips, […]
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A Fresh Start that failed: William Hague

The first Conservative party political broadcast after William Hague’s election as party leader in late 1997 has all the right basic elements but, much like his leadership, didn’t quite work: Also available on YouTube here. (For my other posts on party political broadcasts, including move clips, see my Party Political Broadcasts page.)

Paddy Ashdown: the movie

A conscious echo of the very successful Neil Kinnock party political broadcast from 1987, this 1997 Liberal Democrat effort was good even if understandably not mould-breaking in the way of the 1987 one: Also available on YouTube here. (For my other posts on party political broadcasts, including move clips, see my Party Political Broadcasts page.)

The most powerful party political broadcast I've seen broadcast live

Although it isn’t a Liberal Democrat (or Alliance, SDP or Liberal) party election broadcast, this is the one that had the biggest immediate impact on me when I saw it. It’s a tremendously well put together piece, using music in a powerful and ironic way (at a time when Labour was trying to wrest the […]

New Labour, New Danger: the largely forgotten TV film

The so-called “Tony Blair Demon eyes” Conservative billboard poster from the 1990s has a well-established place in the history of British political advertising – high profile, criticised by many leading Church figures, ruled unacceptable by the Advertising Standards Authority, often derided as ineffective yet given an ad-industry award (for more on all of which, see […]