Glasgow Hillhead is one of the few Tory safe seats in Glasgow but this by-election comes at a tumultuous time for the Conservatives and Labour who have both fallen behind the SDP-Liberal Alliance in the polls. The vacant seat attracted the nation’s attention after Roy Jenkins, the de-facto leader of the SDP, decided to try and regain a place in Parliament through Hillhead. Can the Tories hold on to the seat, can the SDP get Jenkins back into Parliament or will Labour come through the middle and get a much needed boost?
Parties and Candidates:
Conservative – Gerry Malone
SDP – Roy Jenkins
Labour – David Wiseman
SNP – George Leslie
The 1982 Glasgow Hillhead By-Election marked former Labour Minister Roy Jenkins’ return to Parliament as de-facto leader of the newly formed SDP. The SDP, a centrist breakaway from the Labour Party, were performing well in the polls and at the time of the by-election, many considered Jenkins to be the Prime Minister in waiting. This changed just weeks later after the Falklands War and the revival of fortunes for the Conservatives. This campaign was an important moment in Scottish politics and in the history of the SDP.
Just weeks after achieving a substantial majority for the Labour Party in Carmarthen at the 1966 General Election, Megan Lloyd-George died of cancer. The by-election in the seat is proving to be much closer than many expected as criticism of the Labour government over local pit closures, rural issues and their treatment of Welsh speaking communities has added pressure to an already unpopular Labour candidate’s campaign. The seat has traditionally been a battle between Labour and the Liberals but Plaid Cymru are on the march in this largely Welsh speaking constituency and their President, Gwynfor Evans, is their candidate in the by-election. Can he pull off a historic victory for the Welsh nationalist party by going from third place to first and winning them their first MP or can Prys Davies hold on for Labour?
Parties and Candidates:
Labour – Gwilym Prys Davies
Plaid Cymru – Gwynfor Evans
Liberal – Hywel Davies
Conservatives – Simon Day
The 1966 Carmarthen By-Election was a pivotal moment in the modern history of Wales as it saw Plaid Cymru elect their first MP to Parliament. It is often considered to be a turning point in the political direction of Wales, with many maintaining that Plaid Cymru’s victory in Carmarthen laid the foundations for devolution in Wales.
After months of crisis in Westminster, all eyes are on Peterborough for one of the most important by-elections in recent history. The city’s disgraced Labour MP was forced out by a public petiton and all parties are now scrambling to take the seat. The brand new Brexit Party are on the march in this heavily leave voting Labour/Tory marginal. Can Farage’s party get their first MP within eight weeks of launching or will the main parties hold on?
Parties and Candidates:
Labour – Lisa Forbes
Brexit Party – Mike Greene / Nigel Farage
Conservatives – Paul Bristow / Stewart Jackson
Liberal Democrats – Beki Sellick
Green Party – Joseph Wells
UKIP – John Whitby
SDP – Patrick O’Flynn
Renew – Peter Ward
Independent – Fiona Onasanya / George Galloway / Femi Oluwole
Each of the main parties as well as some minor parties are included. There is a choice of three Independent candidates, Fiona Onasanya (the disgraced former MP), George Galloway (who intended to stand as an Independent left-wing pro-Brexit candidate) and Femi Oluwole (a remain campaigner who sought the endorsement of numerous remain parties to field a single pro-EU candidate).
So while national politics tears itself apart and nobody knows what the local elections *really* tell us, here’s a less interesting local election in a city close to my heart, the home of Delia, the Canaries and Alan Partridge. Will Labour be able to keep control of Norwich City Council? Probably. Will the Greens, Lib Dems or Conservatives make any gains? That’s up to you! Enjoy
The recession during the second half of 1961, Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan’s sacking of seven cabinet members (The Night of the Long Knives, 13th July 1962), and the Profumo affair breaking in 1963 (the Secretary of State for War and MP for Stratford-on-Avon John Profumo having an affair with Christine Keeler who was also having an affair with a Soviet diplomat) have affected the governments’ popularity although this has recovered recently due to Reginald Maudling’s Dash For Growth budget. With the resignation of Macmillan due to a mistaken cancer diagnosis and Hugh Gaitskell’s death both Labour and the Conservatives have new leaders, but the Liberals are still led by Jo Grimond, in the first British general election of the 1960’s.
For the past week or so, I’ve been working on a scenario for Prime Minister Infinity
which is based on upcoming UK 2017 General Election.
The scenario is based on the map used in the 2015 scenario provided with the game. All of the polling data was provided by the Electoral Calculus.
Every party leader has been added or changed
– Conservatives have Theresa May
– Labour have Jeremy Corbyn
– Lib Dems have Tim Farron
– UKIP have Paul Nuttall
Just to name a few
1. Download the file here 2017
2. Find your main Prime Minister Infinity folder
– Right click on your Prime Minister Infinity desktop icon and click “open file location”
3. Go to the “scenarios” folder
4. Click and drag the “United Kingdom – 2017” folder into the “scenarios” folder
5. Open Prime Minister Infinity, new game, change campaign and select “United Kingdom – 2017”
6. Pick and party and win
Partys and leaders:
Conservatives – Theresa May
Labour Party – Jeremy Corbyn
Liberal Democrat – Tim Farron
UK Independence Party – Paul Nuttall
Green Party – Caroline Lucas
Scottish National Party – Nicola Sturgeon
Plaid Cymru – Leanne Wood
Democratic Unionist Party – Arlene Foster
Sinn Féin – Gerry Adams
SDLP – Colum Eastwood
Ulster Unionist – Robin Swann
Alliance – Naomi Long
Other – Leader of a Minor Party
Spectator – Spectator
Ransomware Cyberattack – Boosts National Security – 4 days
Manchester Terror Attack – Boosts National Security – 9 days
ITV Debate – 18th May – Invited: SNP, Lib Dem, Plaid Cymru, Green and UKIP
Sky News with Paxman – 29th May – Invited: Conservatives and Labour
BBC Debate – 31st May – Invited: All major parties
BBC Debate – 2nd June – Invited: Conservatives and Labour
BBC Debate – 4th June – Invited: SNP and Lib Dem
BBC Debate – 6th June – Invited: All parties
Following the Lib Dems’ crushing defeat in the alternative vote referendum and a drubbing in the local elections, Cameron is forced to push through major constitutional reform to keep Clegg on side. There follows a sweeping Reform Bill, replacing 900 years of monarchy with a United Republic. With an elected House of Lords appointing a new President, much like the US electoral college, who will be moving from Whitehall to Buckingham Palace?
On 19 November 2009, Herman van Rompuy was designated the first permanent President of Europe under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty. But how would things have fared if the decision had been left to the people, and not to heads of state? Would a little-known Belgian have taken the top spot, or would Tony Blair and Jean-Claude Juncker, the original favourites, have battled it out?