Read about the Newark by-election, held on 5 June 2014. It was triggered by Patrick Mercer resigning after allegations he broke the rules over MPs being paid for lobbying. The contest was won for the Conservatives by Robert Jenrick with Ukip moving up into second place but falling a long way short of winning.


Four things to note about record electoral fine against Conservative Party

The Electoral Commission has not only hit the Conservative Party with a record fine, it has also found repeated evidence of expenditure missing from constituency expense returns. That matter is with the police. … Read the full post »


Ready your alarm clock, prepare some coffee

I’ll be on BBC Radio Wales this Sunday at 8am with Matthew Parris looking ahead to the Queen’s Speech. With both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats having had ‘challenging’ election results and with the Conservatives particularly nervous about the Newark by-election, expect plenty of content in the Queen’s Speech that is designed for public appeal … Read the full post »