In February 1974, Ted Heath’s Tory Party would have been the largest at Westminster but would not have had a majority. Including Scotland, Harold Wilson was again the beneficiary, with Labour the largest party in a hung Parliament. … [Read more...] about Labour can’t win without its band of Scots MPs: A Yes vote next week would spell crisis for Miliband government
Intra party politics and coalition governments
The CDU has already let it be known that it is unlikely to agree. "Our aim is to govern Germany well, and the foundations for this are in our coalition agreement," said party General Secretary Paul Ziemiak. "This internal decision by the SPD changes nothing in this regard." … [Read more...] about Coalition partner threatens to bring down German govt
Michaela Kufner, chief political editor of Germany's international broadcasting service DW, said although the Thuringia situation did not directly impact on national politics, it was symptomatic of internal problems within the CDU, as the prospect of trying to fill the gap left by Merkel, chancellor since 2005, grows closer. … [Read more...] about German politics upended after Merkel’s heir quits
Tian Dewen, deputy director of the Institute of European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the CDU's leadership crisis must be resolved soon, as it could worsen the party's support rate that has already been dropping recently, as well as its coalition government with the SPD. … [Read more...] about Merkel’s party to elect leader in April
Indian migration to Britain took place in two significant waves. The first was in the late 1940s and 50s, when migrants were recruited directly from India by successive governments to fill the labour shortage that resulted from the second world war. They mostly settled in the Midlands and the north-west of England, working in foundries and textile manufacturing. These migrants were heavily involved in building Britain’s antiracist and trade union movements in the 1950s and 60s, drawing on lessons learned from anti-colonial struggles back home to organise their communities in Britain. To this day, these communities are disproportionately working class and Labour voting. … [Read more...] about How did British Indians become so prominent in the Conservative party?