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General Election 2017: Reactions

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Written by Professor Catherine Needham, Professor David Dunn, Dr Matt Cole, Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay. "Having sought an increased majority, the Conservatives now find themselves in a minority, though still in government, and within days of the start of Brexit negotiations. The electoral process which the British public did not seek has produced an outcome few politicians wanted. It will be another test of the difficult dialogue between the political class and their frustrated electorate."
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12 June 2017

UK General Election: The Income Inequality and Housing Questions

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General Elections 2017 video by Professor John Fender, Birmingham Business School.
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02 June 2017

UK General Election: What's Brexit Got to Do With It?

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General Elections 2017 video by Professor David H. Dunn, Department of Political Science and International Studies..
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02 June 2017

UK General Election: Inconvenient Realities of Immigration

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General Elections 2017 video by Professor Stan Siebert, Birmingham Business School.
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02 June 2017

UK General Election: A Contrast in "Leadership"

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General Elections 2017 video by Professor Scott Taylor, College of Arts and Law.
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01 June 2017

UK General Election: A Split on Domestic Policy --- Conservative v. Labour

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General Elections 2017 video by Dr Mark Goodwin, Department of Political Science and International Studies.
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01 June 2017

UK General Election: Noticing Aid and Development

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General Elections 2017 video by Dr Jonathan Fisher, International Development Department.
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01 June 2017

UK General Election: There Will Be Trouble Ahead

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General Elections 2017 video by Professor Scott Lucas, Department of Political Science and International Studies..
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01 June 2017

UK General Election: The "Silent Election" --- The View from Other Countries

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General Elections 2017 video by Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis, Department of Political Science and International Studies.
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01 June 2017

Why Theresa May can't escape the fallout from her social care U-turn

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The Conversation website has just published a piece by Professor Catherine Needham of HSMC about the General Election and social care.
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01 June 2017

May's Mid-Campaign Wobble or Something More Serious?

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "The result could be a double-whammy blow to the Conservatives: losses to the Liberal Democrats and Labour hanging on to more marginal seats than was widely expected. So it will be interesting to see whether the consequences of May's social care u-turn will be reflected not only in increasing support for Labour but also for the Liberal Democrats."
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25 May 2017

'Strong and Stable' versus 'for the Many not the Few'

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "If May succeeds in winning vast numbers of working class voters over it will be because of her and her alone not because of a wholehearted conversion towards the 'Conservative' brand. As such, if the worst case election scenario for Labour occurs, any talk of their long term future must bear in mind that their popularity could turn around pretty quickly if trust, credibility and competence are restored."
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18 May 2017

Labour's core support schism

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Fewer than half of people who voted Labour in 2010 plan to back the party in June. Written by Matthew Goodwin, Professor of political science at the University of Kent and David Cutts, Professor of political science at the University of Birmingham.
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15 May 2017

Roundtable on the UK general election

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The first of a series of roundtables organised by the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham. The event provides some initial reflections on issues raised in the campaign so far as well as the broader political significance of the election.
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15 May 2017

Why the West Midlands is an electoral barometer for the country as a whole

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. Theresa May's visit to Wolverhampton last Saturday spoke volumes about the Conservatives emerging electoral strategy. Following their high-profile Mayoral win in the West Midlands and a strong local election performance across the rest of the country, the question is increasingly not whether May remains Prime Minister, but just how big a majority over Labour the Conservatives will get.
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11 May 2017

Why the West Midlands is an electoral barometer for the country as a whole

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. Theresa May's visit to Wolverhampton last Saturday spoke volumes about the Conservatives emerging electoral strategy. Following their high-profile Mayoral win in the West Midlands and a strong local election performance across the rest of the country, the question is increasingly not whether May remains Prime Minister, but just how big a majority over Labour the Conservatives will get.
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11 May 2017

Strong and stable leadership: inside the Conservatives' election slogan

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Scott Taylor in the Conversation: Why is the PM constantly repeating this phrase and what impact is it really having on her campaign?
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04 May 2017
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