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Much was made of UKIP’s success at the recent local elections at the expense of the three main parties, and most notably the Tories. Traditionally it has been the Lib Dems that surge in the local elections as people use their vote to protest against the ruling party, but UKIP seems to have taken on that role with the Lib Dems in coalition.
Behind the diplomatic language this is the call for action on jobs and growth that the IMF has been threatening to deliver for many months and a stark warning of the consequences if the Chancellor refuses to listen.
The House of Commons has voted to allow gay marriage in England and Wales, with 366 votes in favour and 161 in opposition. The proposals caused a rift within the Tory party, but were supported by the Labour and Lib Dem leaderships.
The Conservatives are to publish a draft bill for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, with a vote proposed to be held during the next parliament in 2017.
A recent poll has found that the majority of the British populations believes the Tories to be “mean” and Labour and the Liberal Democrats to be “dim”, in the latest display of popular disenchantment with the political establishment.
I often find it’s the younger generation – digital natives – who are most aware of the opportunities of digital technology. And that’s why I’ve assembled a group of “young advisors” – talented and inspiring young people shaping our digital society. Last time we met I asked them to put together all their bright ideas. And they’ve done so, in two fascinating documents
Nigel Farage’s UKIP are widely regarded to have been the big winners of the recent local council elections around England and Wales. Their anti-Europe and anti-immigration stance is not, however, shared by all of the British populace, and there is a protest campaign to get British Sea Power’s Waving Flags into the charts.
UKIP appear to be the big winners in the local elections as the results come in, having won 42 of the seats so far and averaging 26% of the vote according to early estimates.
People across England have begun to cast their ballots in the council elections, with votes being cast in 27 English county councils and seven unitary authorities in England and Anglesey in Wales.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has urged Conservative voters not to “waste” their vote on UKIP in the upcoming elections in England and Wales.