Another endorsement for the Lib Dems – this time from Liberal Conspiracy

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2010

Sunny Hundal, founding editor of the most influential left-of-centre blog Liberal Conspiracy, has just blogged his endorsement of the Lib Dems for the coming election:
After last night’s debate one thing really struck me. We on the left and many Labourites who are also on the left, fight against discrimination and marginalised people. This is why […]

Pollwatch Day 25 #GE2010 – Lib Dems at 28/32% in today’s polls. And are we headed for 120 MPs?

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2010

Two polls published tonight:

Harris in the Daily Mail … CON 33%(+1), LAB 24%(-1), LDEM 32%(+2)
YouGov in the Sun … CON 34%(nc), LAB 28%(+1), LDEM 28%(nc)

No significant changes there, all within the margin of error; though certainly encouraging to see the Lib Dems still polling at c.30% of the vote, at least level with Labour, and […]

Kudos to Clegg: the TV debates wash-up

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2010

Three programmes, four-and-a-half hours of debate, endless analysis – but one thing’s for sure: Nick Clegg is alone among the three leaders in being able to reflect on them with real pleasure.
David Cameron and the Tories are buoyed by his performance yesterday; understandably so, as most instant polls called it a ‘win’ for him. But […]

@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2010-04-30

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2010

Just finished recording slot for BBCR4's World Tonight. Said TV debates were "great for democracy". #clichefail #nickcleggsfault # Cameron really starting to struggle against Paxman. Stumbles over marriage tax plans. #paxman # Good grief, Michael Brown donation /still/ considered to (…)

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Final debate polls put Cameron ahead, but floating voters choose Clegg

by Stephen Tall on April 30, 2010

All the post-debate polls are in, and four out of five are giving David Cameron a win, with Clegg tied in first place in one, and in second place in three. Brown is last in all but one:

YouGov: Cameron 41%, Clegg 32%, Brown 25%.
ComRes: Cameron 35%, Clegg 33%, Brown 26%.
Populus: Cameron 38%, Clegg 38%, Brown […]

Pollwatch Day 23 #GE2010 – Lib Dems at 26-31% in today’s polls

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2010

Three national opinion polls published tonight:

YouGov in the Sun … CON 34%(+1), LAB 27%(-2), LIB DEM 31%(+3)
Harris in Metro … CON 32%(-2), LAB 25%(-1), LIB DEM 30%(+1)
ComRes for ITV/ITN … CON 36%(+3), LAB 29%(nc), LDEM 26%(-3)

The ComRes poll, though the last officially to be published, was the first I heard about (under embargo) – it’s […]

Peter Tatchell: Greens should vote Lib Dem to unseat Labour and Tories

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2010

Pink News reports that LDV’s Liberal Voice of the Year Peter Tatchell has urged Green supporters to vote tactically for the Lib Dems where Nick Clegg’s party is best placed to unseat Labour or Tories:
Former Green Party candidate and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has called for Green supporters to vote for the Liberal Democrats […]

LDVideo: Paxman and Boulton slug it out

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2010

Here’s two rather different perspectives of our esteemed Fourth Estate in action. One shows a journalist who’s done his homework, and gets increasingly fed up with the refusal of a politician to deal in honest facts. The other shows a journalist who’s failed to do his homework, and gets increasingly frustrated with the persistence of […]

Pollwatch Day 22 #GE2010 – Lib Dems at 28-29% in today’s polls

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2010

Three polls published tonight:

Populus in The Times … CON 36%(+4), LAB 27%(-1), LIB DEM 28%(-3)
YouGov in The Sun … CON 33%(nc), LAB 29%(+1), LIB DEM 28%(-1)
ComRes for ITV/The Independent … CON 33%(+1), LAB 29%(+1), LDEM 29%(-2)

The big shift is in the Populus survey – however, the last time they polled was at the peak of […]

Yet another reason why gay voters are deserting the Tories for the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on April 27, 2010

The Tories seem to be doing their best to lose the vote of gay people. Last month it was shadow Tory home secretary Chris Grayling who landed himself and his party in trouble by defending the rights of bed-and-breakfast owners to discriminate against gay couples. Then the party’s shadow defence minister Julian Lewis alleged that […]