Category Archives: Voting Behaviour

What is the significance of by-elections?

By-Elections are in the news a lot at the moment. So what is a by-election, why are they held and what is their significance?

What is a by-election and in what circumstances will they be held?

A by-election is an election called when a seat has been vacated within a constituency but there is no General Election looming. In the United States these care called Special Elections. In the UK there are four circumstances in which a by-election will be held:

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Book Review: The Alastair Campbell Diaries Volume 1 Prelude to Power 1994-1997

This Book Review was guest written by a Sixth-Form Student

This book gives a day-to-day guide about the events that Alastair Campbell went through from the day that John Smith passed away until Tony Blair walked into 10 Downing Street as the first Labour Prime Minister since 1979. This long diary from 1994-1997 gives an excellent insight into the British media and the personalities that were involved within politics in the 1990’s.

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‘Bigotgate’: Campaigning and 24/7 News Media

Gordon Brown spent 10 years as Chancellor of the Exchequer before becoming Prime Minister.

Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in June 2007. He did not face a leadership contested from within the Labour Party (his only potential opponent, John McDonnell, only received 8.2% of nominations) and Brown was always seen as Tony Blair’s designated successor.

Gordon Brown was an unlucky Prime Minister. He was unlucky in two senses:

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