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28 February 2008

Coming soon: poll of political insiders

A new website, PoliticsHomeIndex, will allow access daily polling of 100 movers and shakers in the p

By Martin Bright

Over the next 24 hour insiders in the political world will be receiving an email from me or Tim Montgomerie of the ConservativeHome website inviting them to be part of a new daily opinion survey. (Tim is more ambitious and has already announced that his invitations will be going out today).

In brief, I will be recruiting on the left and Tim on the right. We will then argue about the centre-ground! MPs, journalists, think tank directors, political advisers, columnists will give anonymous responses to key questions every day. It will be called the PoliticsHome100 (PH100) and the results will be published every afternoon on a new website, PoliticsHomeIndex.

As Tim has already posted, we will be asking some simple questions on the issues of the day: “Will Michael Martin survive?” or “Who won PMQs?” But some will also be “tracker” questions, which are asked regularly and which can be plotted over time: “Who will win the mayoral contest?” “Which cabinet ministers/news sources/columnists do insiders rate most highly?”

The response to the idea has already been great and we have already recruited a number of prominent figures, including MPs Charles Clarke, Chris Grayling and Political Editors Benedict Brogan, Gaby Hinsliff and Gary Gibbon.

We expect the first findings to be available in the next few weeks so watch this space…

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