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Nick Clegg – An Anonymous Leader

by Urban Echo reporter His rise to power was momentous but his fall would be inconsequential because he himself is responsible for his doom. Those who are waiting in the wings to replace him include the front runner Tim Farron while the potential rivals like Vince Cable (Business Secretary), Norman Lamb (Care Minister) and Ed Davey (Energy Secretary) are less likely to win. Nick Clegg, the 48 year old descendant of Russia’s old Tsarist nobility, had a very good schooling before joining Cambridge University in 1986. After graduation he was…

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Respect Party accuse Labour opponent of “bending the truth”

Bradford – As the election fever gathers momentum at a time when prospective candidates aspire to dethrone their sitting parliamentary opponents, the Bradford West constituency is slowly simmering to boiling point as a toe to toe confrontation between maverick MP George Galloway and his [new] Labour opponent Naz Shah gathers pace. Naz (also known as Naseem) Shah’s selection was met with raised eyebrows by the Bradford public as well as the Labour Party controlling the city as many whispered of foul play after the suspicious and sudden withdrawal of the…

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Senior Labour figure defects to Respect

Bradford – The well-known and immensely respected senior Bradford Labour figure Adrian Longthorn has defected to George Galloway’s Respect party. He will contest the May council elections for the party in the Clayton and Fairweather Green ward. “I’m hugely impressed and encouraged that Adrian has come over to us. He’s a man who has been close to the centre of Labour politics in Bradford for several decades and he will bring a wealth of experience and nous to Respect. I’m looking forward to working with him immensely,” said George Galloway….

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David Ward – It was the “Punch and Judy” Show

At Prime Minister’s Question Time, Bradford MP David Ward, questioned the Prime Minster about politicians behaviour at PMQs and whether this was damaging people’s perception of Parliament. David Ward MP was selected out of the weekly ballot to pose a question to the Prime Minister, at the weekly Prime Minister Question Time (PMQs). Mr Ward met with students from Bradford College on Tuesday 3rd March who told the Bradford East MP that they were less than impressed by the conduct of David Cameron and Ed Miliband shouting at each other in a…

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Ed Miliband: Next British Prime Minister?

By Urban Echo political reporter Words and phrases projecting certain ideas sometimes baffle me. They baffle me because the sense they convey about certain things appears to be contrary to the facts. When it is talked about Ed Miliband’s “low personal rating” it makes me suspicious of the determinants of that trait. A man who first enters the House of Commons just in 2005, stands firm to contest the party leadership election in 2010 and wins, no doubt with a narrow margin, and is leading the party to general elections…

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Galloway demands action on MQM leader Hussain

George Galloway has once more demanded that the police and the British government take action against the leader of the extremist Pakistan party the MQM, who is now holed-up in London. The Bradford West MP has today written to the Home Secretary and to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan police over Altaf Hussain’s alleged involvement in an arson attack on a garment factory in Karachi. Two hundred and fifty-nine workers died in the fire in September 2012. A joint investigation team comprising Pakistan’s police and secret services submitted a report…

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Galloway goes to law over leaders’ debates snub

Time is running out for BBC and ITV to respond to a letter before action demanding that George Galloway and the Respect party are included in the televised leaders’ debates. The seven-day deadline expires on Friday. “The letter asks in detail a series of questions about the criteria for appearing in these debates,” Galloway said. “The broadcasters have already shifted ground on who can take part, including the likes of the Green party, but they have been unable to spell out the reasons for inclusion, and exclusion. We know from…

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David Cameron: He came, he saw, he did nothing

In the 2010 UK general elections, the Conservative Party won 306 seats in the House of Commons. This number was insufficient to form a government alone. They needed someone to join them and the only choice was the Liberal Democrats. So a deal had to be struck and it took David Cameron five days to strike a deal with Nick Clegg who agreed to prop up the former in forming a coalition government. Both the parties had their election manifestos that in many points were contradictory to each other. In…

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Baroness visits Bradford to highlight Lib Dem Childcare achievements with the promise of more

Bradford MP, David Ward was today joined by Baroness Kath Pinnock to highlight Liberal Democrat achievements in Government in supporting Bradford families with the cost of childcare with the promise of much more if they are part of the next Government. David Ward and Baroness Kath Pinnock of Cleckheaton visited the fantastic facilities at the Woodlands Nursery & Pre-School in Apperley Bridge, Bradford, to highlight the policies that the Liberal Democrats in Government have introduced to help Bradford families with the costs of childcare. They were also joined by Cllr…

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UKIP: Yesterday a Fringe Group, Today a Political Force

By Mohammad Nazir Tabassum As time keeps changing, so do the popularity of politicians and political parties. Change is an undeniable fact. That is why it is said that nothing is immutable in this world. Everything is subject to change. The important aspect of it is that one must re-orientate one’s future action plans according to the changed circumstances. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) that stands for keeping UK away from the European Union, immigration related issues and non-intervention in Syria, gained its first elected MP with Douglas Carswell in…

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