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Redheads in Normandy

R.W. Johnson: The 1997 election, 22 January 1998

The British General Election of 1997 
by David Butler and Dennis Kavanagh.
Macmillan, 343 pp., £17.50, November 1997, 0 333 64776 9
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Labour's Landslide 
by Andrew Geddes and Jonathan Tonge.
Manchester, 211 pp., £40, December 1997, 0 7190 5159 2
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Britain Votes 1997 
edited by Pippa Norris and Neil Gavin.
Oxford, 253 pp., £12.99, January 1998, 9780199223220
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Collapse of Stout Party: The Decline and Fall of the Tories 
by Julian Crtitchley and Morrison Halcrow.
Gollancz, 288 pp., £20, November 1997, 0 575 06277 0
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Les Election Legislatives, 25 Mai-1er Juin 1997: Le president desavoue 
Le Monde, 146 pp., frs 45, June 1998Show More
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... being to confirm that the economy was not the master issue which moved the electorate. The Norris and Gavin volume contains a great deal more equally detailed but essentially short-term analysis. There is, for example, a tremendous fascination in these election books with the question of how well the polls did in predicting the result. This has as much ...

Why Do the Tories Always Have the Luck?

Peter Clarke, 23 February 1995

Conservative Century: The Conservative Party since 1900 
edited by Anthony Seldon and Stuart Ball.
Oxford, 842 pp., £20, October 1994, 0 19 820238 5
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... had long made a pitch for the votes of the skilled workers. Finally, Joni Lovenduski, Pippa Norris and Catriona Burgess collaborate to produce an intriguing account of the party and women. Paradoxically, it was under a woman that the Conservative Party relinquished a sixty-year electoral advantage among women. Survey evidence from 1945 onward ...

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