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© 2005

Elections in Britain

A Voter’s Guide

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 1-3
  3. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 4-11
  4. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 12-21
  5. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 22-38
  6. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 39-72
  7. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 73-82
  8. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 83-103
  9. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 104-120
  10. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 121-133
  11. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 134-143
  12. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 144-163
  13. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 164-177
  14. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 178-196
  15. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 197-207
  16. Dick Leonard, Roger Mortimore
    Pages 208-211
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 212-281

About this book

Introduction

How do British elections work? What about local elections and by-elections? How are candidates chosen? What has been the impact of changes introduced by the present government? How can an ordinary voter play his or her part? And why do so few people vote these days? Dick Leonard, a political journalist and former MP, and Roger Mortimore, an opinion pollster, cover all aspects of British elections in this updated edition of the standard work, including comprehensive tables of statistics and results.

Keywords

campaign elections Electoral Electoral System government local election Political Parties referendum voter work

About the authors

Author Dick Leonard: Dick Leonard is an historian, journalist and author and a former Labour MP. For many years he was Assistant Editor of The Economist, and headed their office in Brussels, where he was later also correspondent of The Observer. He also worked for the BBC, and contributed regularly to leading newspapers across the world. His publications include The Economist Guide to the European Union, Elections in Britain, A Century of Premiers: Salisbury to Blair; Nineteenth Century British Premiers: Pitt to Rosebery and Eighteenth Century British Premiers: Walpole to the Younger Pitt.

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Reviews

Reviews of Previous Edition:

'...first sighting of Dick Leonard's Elections in Britain - A Voter's Guide is a sure-fire sign that the UK general election season has finally arrived.' - John Palmer, The Bulletin

'the nuts and bolts of the general election' - Gillian Peele, Times Educational Supplement

'Describes in useful detail how the British electoral system works.' - The Economist

'indispensable reading for all ...a host of facts, figures and anecdotes which turn the sometimes dry and dusty material of the psephologist into fascinating reading...' - John Palmer, The Bulletin

'The most useful election books are those which chart the nuts and bolts of the electoral process. The seventh edition of Elections in Britain: A Voter's Guide... is a straightforward factual account of how the British electoral system works. It deals with the rules and administrative arrangements, the casting and counting of ballots and how votes translate into seats, as well as the conduct and financing of the campaign itself.' - The Economist