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Tim Bale is professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London. The second edition of his book, The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron, was published in September 2016 by Polity Press.
The price for loyalty looks like being long-term opposition. Sometimes exiting can be brave.
Lord Parkinson will be largely remembered for his affair. But his organisational contribution to the Conservative Party is his biggest legacy.
Labour's self-described mainstream has much to answer for, says Tim Bale.
In 1975, Labour divided over Europe. In 1983, they were split - and crushed. Will the same happen to the Tories today?
Forget what bookmakers and journalists are saying - our poll of party members finds it all too close to call, reveal Tim Bale and Paul Webb.
Ed cannot escape responsibility for his defeat but neither can the Labour Party as a whole.
It’s never easy to confess to a crime that you don’t think you’ve committed. And perhaps, in the end, it’s not really that sensible either.
Elections are as much about competence as conviction - Labour should have made more hay with the Coalition's many gaffes.
Business as unusual.
Ed Miliband can avoid a damaging split between his party's "beer drinkers" and "wine drinkers" on immigration, if he doesn't just rely on economic arguments.