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In touch?

A general malaise with politics often sees comments being made about MPs being either out of touch or not in the real world. It's true some are. But most aren't. It's hard to represent any constituency and be immune to both the good and the bad in society. Just looking at an average week makes the point. I will have an advice surgery which will bring problems as varied as housing, benefits, neighbour disputes, immigration issues and domestic violence. And that's just the tip of the iceberg....

A pact with UKIP? Time for some facts

"It's perfectly simple," say some of my colleagues. "We Tories are on 35% and UKIP are on 15%. We do a deal with them and we get around 50% of the vote". Before you say anything, I've heard this very misguided calculation being made. I know that today's polls are a moment in time and not an accurate reflection of what will happen in May, but it is surely worth noting that a recent YouGov poll shows that, if the Conservatives and UKIP formed an electoral pact, Labour would be boosted to a 7 point lead. ...

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