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Disgraced former Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock vows to run again

MP deselected by local Liberal Democrats over ‘inappropriate friendship’ with vulnerable female constituent will stand as independent in Portsmouth South

Mike Hancock, the MP ejected from the Liberal Democrats for admitting to sexually harassing a constituent, has declared his intention to stand again.

The MP for Portsmouth South said on Sunday that he would stand as an independent candidate in an attempt to defend his seat in the face of strong local opposition. Lib Dem officials had hoped that he would retire and allow the party’s new candidate to defend his 5,200 majority. He was suspended by the party and in effect deselected by his local party but remained an MP.

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2015 election: Voters’ shifting moods have formed a five-act drama. Will there be a sixth before the curtain falls?

After five years, can any party break the stalemate or is another hung parliament the only likely result?

This is the tightest and most unpredictable election for decades. So, over the course of the campaign, the opinion polls will be monitored even more obsessively than usual. My advice is to have a big bag of salt to hand when hearing reports about daily fluctuations. Forget the twitches; look for a trend.

Taking an overview of the movements in public opinion over the last five years, we can divide them into five phases. The significant change in act one was the rapid decline in support for the Lib Dems as they ceased to be a party of protest and became a party of power. From a vote share of 23% at the 2010 election, Nick Clegg’s party slid down to the low teens by that autumn, and subsequently plumbed even inkier depths, as leftish voters reacted negatively to their partnership with the Tories. It bore out Angela Merkel’s remark to David Cameron about coalitions: “The little party always gets smashed!” The major beneficiary of Lib Dem decline was Labour. While their coalition partners were being hammered, the Tory vote held up better than many of them expected. In the council elections in the spring of 2011, the Tories performed well for a government imposing spending cuts and presiding over a stagnant economy.

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London offers Labour chance of big gains at general election, says poll

Guardian/ICM survey puts party in line to gain eight seats in capital as Tories fall back and Lib Dem support collapsesLabour will make important gains in London in the general election, according to a special Guardian/ICM telephone poll which shows th…
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No more coalitions: two-thirds of voters want one party in power

Pre-election survey says only 29% would be happy with another coalition, and few are satisfied with the current one – but its narrative is still shaping Britain

A significant majority of Britons would like a return to one-party government after five years of coalition, according to the annual British Social Attitudes survey. The findings come weeks before the general election on 7 May which, opinion polls indicate, is most likely to produce another coalition.

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Tory minister filmed making benefits claimants joke in Channel 4 sting

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Tories draw level with Labour in winning gay vote

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Writer James Graham talks to Andrew Rawnsley about his TV drama Coalition: ‘I love humanising politics’

James Graham is emerging as Britain’s most acclaimed political playwright. His fictionalised account of the week that led to the coalition government will be screened this week, followed by an election night drama, The Vote. And then there’s a Broadway debut…

James Graham got his first theatrical break at the age of 10 when he was cast in a primary school production of Oliver!. As which character? “As Oliver, obviously,” he laughs. “I was this tiny little child with a small face. I loved acting. But unfortunately, I couldn’t sing so someone had to sing for me, which was really embarrassing. I remember having to sit on the stage while this other kid came on and sang for me.”

Thank God for that. Had he not had a lousy voice, he might have missed his true calling and the rest of us would not be enjoying the work of this prodigiously gifted stage and screen writer. He’s also a fabulously prolific talent. On Saturday night, Channel 4 will screen Coalition, his gripping dramatisation of the five frenzied days in May 2010 that led to the formation of the current government. He scripted the musical adaption of Finding Neverland, which has just opened in New York on Broadway. X+Y, the story of a young maths wizard with autism and Graham’s first script for a feature film, is in all good cinemas now. On election night and during the build-up to it, the Donmar will stage The Vote, his real-time drama set in a polling station.

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I will be brutal on my script. Even if there’s something I think is hilarious, if it’s not working, it will go

We so often see politicians being buffoons. I wanted to explore politicians who are good at being politicians

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