The Tees Valley needs to be an enterprise zone

One of the surprises in last week's local elections was the election of Ben Houchen as Mayor of the Tees Valley. On paper this should have been a Labour victory, and the Labour Party will still be wondering how it lost this to a Conservative. For those of us of a free market persuasion, though, [...]


Labour Marginals – Scunthorpe

Labour was in a potentially difficult spot at the 2010 general election in Scunthorpe. It was revealed in 2009 that the sitting MP, Elliot Morley, had fiddled his expenses and eventually, in 2011, he spent four months behind bars for false accounting as a result. Despite this, though, Nic Dakin won the seat for Labour [...]

What the local election results have shown us

The party is over for UKIP. If UKIP had got its act together after last year's referendum, there was a chance that it could have survived Thursday's mauling at the polls. Instead, the party went on a prolonged period of internecine warfare. The idea that UKIP voters loaned their vote to the Conservatives because of [...]

Tees Valley Mayoral result suggests Tory gains in the general election

I have to say that I was surprised when I heard that Ben Houchen had been elected as the new Mayor of the Tees Valley. Surprised, but very pleased. When you consider that this area covers Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool, and Darlington, it points the way to Conservative gains in Darlington and Hartlepool in the general [...]

Early thoughts on the local election results

With very few votes counted overnight, we only have a small snapshot this morning, but the the snapshot does paint a picture. My predictions in Labour marginals have relied on a substantial drop in the UKIP vote combined with a direct swing from Labour to the Conservatives. This is what has happened in Lincolnshire, with [...]

Labour Marginals – Great Grimsby

In some ways, this is a difficult one to call. According to Paddy Power, the betting is going the Conservatives' way. In the 2010 general election, Victoria Ayling was the Conservative candidate, and she very nearly unseated Austin Mitchell. His majority was just 714, however, that result has to be viewed through the prism of [...]