For Want of Government: An Alternate History

1st POD: The Tories and Lib Dem's gain slightly more seats than OTL in the 2010 UK General Election.

2nd POD: Lib Dems opt for “Confidence and Supply” rather than full coalition in the 2010 Lib-Con talks.



Part One:

(Taken from “The Mirror” dated 12th April 2010)

“ELECTION SET FOR 6TH MAY”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 16th April 2010)

“CLEGG WINS FIRST LEADERS DEBATE”​


(Taken from “The Times” dated 16th April 2010)

“CAMERON AND CLEGG LEAD POLLS AFTER FIREY DEBATE”

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(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 16th April 2010)

“BROWN THIRD AT LEADERS DEBATE”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 29th April 2010)

“BROWN CALLS WOMAN “BIGOT””

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(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 29th April 2010)

“BIGOT GAFFE COSTS BROWN SUPPORT”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 30th April 2010)

“CAMERON ATTACKS BROWN’S “BIGOT” GAFFE”


(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 31st April 2010)

“CAMERON OVERALL WINNER OF DEBATES, CLEGG CLOSE SECOND”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 31st April 2010)

“STRONG CONSERVATIVE LEAD IN POLLS, LIB DEM'S MAKE GAINS”


(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 1st May 2010)

“HUNG PARLIAMENT STILL LIKELY”

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(Taken from “The Sun” dated 4th May 2010)

“WILL CAMERON PULL IT OFF?”

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(Taken from “YouGov General Election Exit Polls” dated 6th May 2010)

“Exit Polls:

Conservative: 37%
Labour: 28%
Liberal Democrats: 24%


Predicted Outcome: Hung Parliament/Small Conservative Majority


(Taken from “The Times” dated 7th May 2010)

“HUNG PARLIAMENT”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 8th May 2010)

“TALKS BEGIN FOR COALITION”


(Taken from “The Independent” dated 9th May 2010)

“LIB DEM – CONSERVATIVE TALKS CONTINUE”


(Taken from “The Sun” dated 10th May 2010)

“TALKS STAGNATE”

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(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 11th May 2010)

“BROWN RESIGNS AS PM”

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(Taken from “The Mirror” dated 12th May 2010)

“LIB DEM'S PULL OUT OF COALITION TALKS”

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(Taken from “The Sun” dated 13th May 2010)

“CAMERON FORMS MINORITY GOVERNMENT”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 14th May 2010)

“WE WONT BETRAY OUR VOTERS – CLEGG”

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(Taken from “Official 2010 General Election Results” dated 17th May 2010)

“…Conservative*: 316 (+107)
Labour: 241 (-108)
Liberal Democrats: 65 (+3)
Democratic Unionist: 8 (-1)
SNP: 6 (NC)
Sinn Fein: 5 (NC)
Plaid Cymru: 3 (+1)
SDLP: 3 (NC)
Green: 1 (+1)
Alliance: 1 (+1)
Independent: 1 (+1)

*HM’s Government…”
 
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Should the title be 'For Want of a Government'? That has quite a different meaning to For Want of Government, which applies more to Somalia than Britain in 2010.

An interesting setup, though if I could make a presentation suggestion, put the headlines in bigger lettering and centre them if this is going to be a headline TL, the fact they look the same as the other information (apart from them being in capitals) makes it hard to read through.

I'm also not sure how PoD 1 works - Cameron can't capitalise on Clegg's impressive performance, as it was Clegg's success that destroyed his own chances of appearing credible in the debate. Nick stole the change mantle with one 90 minute monologue into a camera. Looking at PoD 2, though, I don't think you really need PoD 1 - confidence and supply appears to be the main change here, so if all you wanted was to give the Tories and Lib Dems a couple more seats then there are simpler ways of doing it than playing with the (very contentious around here) Cleggmania/Clegg bounce.
 
Should the title be 'For Want of a Government'? That has quite a different meaning to For Want of Government, which applies more to Somalia than Britain in 2010.

An interesting setup, though if I could make a presentation suggestion, put the headlines in bigger lettering and centre them if this is going to be a headline TL, the fact they look the same as the other information (apart from them being in capitals) makes it hard to read through.

I'm also not sure how PoD 1 works - Cameron can't capitalise on Clegg's impressive performance, as it was Clegg's success that destroyed his own chances of appearing credible in the debate. Nick stole the change mantle with one 90 minute monologue into a camera. Looking at PoD 2, though, I don't think you really need PoD 1 - confidence and supply appears to be the main change here, so if all you wanted was to give the Tories and Lib Dems a couple more seats then there are simpler ways of doing it than playing with the (very contentious around here) Cleggmania/Clegg bounce.

Thanks for the help! Also For Want of a Government was what i meant i just wrote it a little too fast. It's not just going to be headlines I plan to use extracts like from my previous TL's.
 
Part Two:

(Taken from “The Times” dated June 8th 2010)

“PLANS FOR PUBLIC SPENDING CUT AS OSBORNE BEGINS TO BATTLE ECONOMY”

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(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated June 25th 2010)

“TROOPS HOME BY 2015 – PM”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 30th June 2010)

“OSBORNE BEGINS “EMERGENCY BUDGET””

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 3rd July 2010)

“NICK CLEGG VOICES OPPOSITION TO “RADICAL” PUBLIC SECTOR CUTS”

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(Taken from “The Mirror” dated 14th July 2010)

“HARMAN CALLS EARLY LEADERSHIP ELECTION”


(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 16th July 2010)

“DAVID MILIBAND ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP BID”

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(Taken from “The Sun” dated 17th July 2010)

“SECOND ELECTION SEEMS LIKELY AS MINI-BUDGET ALMOST FAILS TO PASS”


(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 18th July 2010)

“ED MILIBAND BECOMES BROTHER’S CAMPAIGN MANAGER”

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(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 18th July 2010)

“ED BALLS JOINS THE RACE”​

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 21st July 2010)

“ANDY BURNHAM STANDS FOR LEADER”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 23rd July 2010)

“UNEMPLOYMENT LOWEST FOR THREE YEARS”


(Taken from “The Independent” dated 26th July 2010)

“CLEGG CALLS ON GOVERNMENT FOR A “PROGRESSIVE TAX PLAN””​


(Taken from “The Sun” dated 1st August 2010)

“BLAIR BACKS MILIBAND”

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(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 4th August 2010)

“CLEGG DEFENDS PLANS TO OPPOSE CONSERVATIVE SPENDING REVUE”

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(Taken from “The Mirror” dated 7th August 2010)

“CAMERON CONDEMNS LIB DEM’S PLANS TO OPPOSE SPENDING REVUE”


(Taken from “The Independent” dated 10th August 2010)

“WE WON’T BACK DOWN TO OLD POLITICS – CLEGG”


(Taken from “The Times” dated 19th August 2010)

“DAVID MILIBAND NEW LABOUR LEADER”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 23rd August 2010)

“A NEW DAWN FOR LABOUR – DAVID MILIBAND”

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(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 9th September 2010)

“CAMERON PASSES “SENSIBLE” SPENDING REVUE – BACKLASH AMONGST LIB DEM SUPPORTERS”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 13th October 2010)

“CAMERON AND MILIBAND CROSS SWORDS AT PMQ’S”

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(Taken from “The Mirror” dated 20th October 2010)

“OSBOURNE FORCED TO LOWER SPENDING CUTS AS SECOND ELECTION LOOMS”


(Taken from “The Sun” dated 25th October 2010)

“LABOUR IN FOUR POINT LEAD OVER CONSERVATIVES – LIB DEMS RISING IN POLLS”


(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 23rd November 2010)

“NEW LABOUR IS OVER” SAYS MILIBAND”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 9th December 2010)

“GOVERNMENT LOSES VOTE TO RAISE TUITION FEES AS LIB DEM’S REBEL”

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Well, I'm reading, but I hope you switch into more excerpts that aren't just headlines soon. Also, you know how I dislike the grocer's apostrophe? You're using it. :p
 
Well, I'm reading, but I hope you switch into more excerpts that aren't just headlines soon. Also, you know how I dislike the grocer's apostrophe? You're using it. :p

Glad to see your reading. I will be writing an in depth version of this TL in another thread once this is finished.
 
Part Three:

(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 5th January 2011)

“GOVERNMENT INCREASES VAT”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 15th January 2011)

“LABOUR WINS OLDHAM BY-ELECTION”


(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 22nd January 2011)

“ANDY COULSON RESIGNS AS COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 23rd January 2011)

“JOHNSON DENIES PLANS TO RESIGN AS CHANCELLOR”

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(Taken from “The Mirror” dated 10th February 2011)

“PRISONERS WITHOUT RIGHT TO VOTE IN COMMONS DESCISION”

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(Taken from “The Sun” dated 4th March 2011)

“LABOUR WINS BARNSLEY BY-ELECTION”


(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 20th March 2011)

“UN TROOPS BEGIN AIR STRIKES ON LIBYA”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 28th March 2011)

“MILIBAND LEADS MARCH AGAINST GOVERNMENT CUTS”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 1st April 2011)

“LABOUR UNVEILS NEW ECONOMIC POLICY AS SECOND ELECTION BECOMES LIKELY”


(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 5th April 2011)

“WILL THE GOVERNMENT SURVIVE?”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 6th April 2011)

“CRUNCH TIME FOR CAMERON”


(Taken from “The Sun” dated 8th April 2011)

“WILL HE TAKE THE PLUNGE”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 10th April 2011)

“IS HE READY FOR POWER?”

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(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 11th April 2011)

“PRIME MINISTER CLEGG?”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 12th April 2011)

“CAMERON CALLS SECOND ELECTION IN SIX MONTHS”

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I can see the Lib Dem vote decreasing here. Their core would stay loyal but the swing voters they got last time will see they have no hope of power and so will switch to Labour or the Tories. Clegg will remain personally very popular, though.
 
Part Four:

(Taken from “The Independent” dated 15th April 2011)

“PARTIES BEGIN ELECTION CAMPAIGNS”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 17th April 2011)

“CAROLINE LUCAS SET TO JOIN ONE OFF LEADER DEBATES”

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(Taken from “The Sun” dated 20th April 2011)

“LABOUR REMAIN IN THE LEAD AS SUPPORT DIPS FOR TORIES AND LIB DEMS”

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(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 21st April 2011)

“WE DID WHAT WAS NECCESARY – CLEGG DEFENDS CON – LIB DEAL”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 22nd April 2011)

“MILIBAND AND CLEGG COME OUT ON TOP FOLLOWING DEBATES”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 23rd April 2011)

“LUCAS IMPACTS LEFT LEANING VOTE AS GREEN VOTERS INCREASE”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 25th April 2011)

“MILIBAND’S ECONOMY PLAN “BEST FOR THE COUNTRY””


(Taken from “The Mirror” dated 29th April 2011)

“LABOUR SET FOR RETURN TO GOVERNMENT”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 1st May 2011)

“THE RETURN OF NEW LABOUR?”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 3rd May 2011)

“CAMERON “OUT OF TOUCH” – CLEGG”


(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 4th May 2011)

“THE FALL OF DAVID CAMERON?”​

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 6th May 2011)

“BRITAIN VOTES AGAIN”

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(Taken from “YouGov General Election Exit Polls” dated 6th May 2011)

“Lab: 35% / Con: 32% / Lib Dem: 25% / Green: 5%”


(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 7th May 2011)

“MILIBAND PULLS IT OFF”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 7th May 2011)

“LABOUR BOUNCES BACK IN RECORD BREAKING SHORT OPPPOSITION”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 7th May 2011)

“SLIM MAJORITY AS LABOUR RETURNS TO POWER”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 7th May 2011)

“GREENS AND LIB DEMS GAIN SEATS AS LABOUR WINS ELECTION”


(Taken from “Official 2010 General Election Results” dated 10th May 2011)

“…Labour*: 330 (+89)
Conservative: 223 (-93)
Liberal Democrats: 68 (+3)
Democratic Unionist: 7 (-1)
SNP: 6 (NC)
Sinn Fein: 5 (NC)
Plaid Cymru: 3 (+1)
SDLP: 3 (NC)
Green: 2 (+1)
Alliance: 2 (+1)
Independent: 1 (NC)

*HM’s Government…”
 
Well, obviously I'm pleased, but I'm not sure how Lucas got into the debate, or how Labour got their act together so quickly compared to OTL - it can't all be laid at Ed's door. But I'm very interested to see what a Mili-D led Labour government would do in the situation we're in right now.
 
Well, obviously I'm pleased, but I'm not sure how Lucas got into the debate, or how Labour got their act together so quickly compared to OTL - it can't all be laid at Ed's door. But I'm very interested to see what a Mili-D led Labour government would do in the situation we're in right now.

I put Lucas in it because the rule was you must have enough candidates for a majority and representation int the House in order to take part the the debates.
 
Part Five:

(Taken from “The Sun” dated 24th May 2011)

“CAMERON RESIGNS”

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(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 26th May 2011)

“MILIBAND BEGINS “NATIONAL RECOVERY” SCHEME”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 30th May 2011)

“CAMERON DELIVERS GOODBYE SPEECH AT FINAL PMQS AS TORY LEADER”​



(Taken from “The Times” dated 1st June 2011)

“HAGUE BECOMES “LEADER IN INTERIM””

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(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 3rd June 2011)

“JOHNSON BEGINS “PROGRESSIVE BUDGET”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 12th June 2011)

“WE ARE THE NEXT PARTY OF POWER – CLEGG”

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(Taken from “The Mirror” dated 24th June 2011)

“PM CONDEMNS “SHOCKING” PHONE HACKING ALLEGATIONS AT NEWS OF THE WORLD”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 30th June 2011)

“GOVERNMENT BEGINS PLANS TO LOWER VAT”


(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 1st July 2011)

“OSBORNE ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY AS HAGUE CALLS TORY LEADERSHIP ELECTION”

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(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 3rd July 2011)

“HAGUE BIDS FOR A SECOND CHANCE AS LEADER”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 4th July 2011)

“MICHAEL GOVE JOINS THE RACE”

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(Taken from “The Sun” dated 5th July 2011)

“LIAM FOX STANDS FOR LEADER”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 8th July 2011)

“DAVID DAVIS BECOMES LAST CANDIDATE FOR TORY LEADER”

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(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 19th July 2011)

“GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES “BANKERS TAX””


(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 26th July 2011)

“ECONOMIC GROWTH RISES TO 0.3%”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 1st August 2011)

“HAGUE ELECTED LEADER FOR SECOND TIME”

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Part Six:

(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 4th August 2011)

“SAME OLD FACES – MILIBAND MOCKS HAGUE’S RETURN TO TORY LEADERSHIP”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 9th August 2011)

“RIOTS BREAK OUT AGAINST MINORITIES FOLLOWING POLICE MURDER”

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(Taken from “The Daily Mail” dated 10th August 2011)

“LEADING BNP MEMBERS SUSPECTED OF ORCHESTRATING LONDON RIOTS”

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(Taken from “The Telegraph” dated 12th August 2011)

“RACE BATTLES IN LONDON FOLLOWING MURDER OF POLICEMAN BY UNKNOWN RACIAL MINORITY”

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(Taken from “The Sun” dated 16th August 2011)

“TOMMY ROBINSON CALLS MURDER “ACT OF TERRORISM””

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 20th August 2011)

“PM CALLS FOR CALM AS POLICE BATTLE ON GOING RIOTS”

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(Taken from “The Mirror” dated 23rd August 2011)

“NICK GRIFFIN ARRESTED AT LONDON RIOTS”

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(Taken from "The Sun" dated 27th August 2011)

"CONTROVERSIAL BNP MEP NICK GRIFFIN SUSPENDED FROM EU PARLIAMENT"

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 28th August 2011)

“HAGUE ATTACKS MILIBAND’S “ DISASTROUS” CRIME POLICY”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 30th August 2011)

“SHADOW HOME SECRETARY LIAM FOX CALLS FOR ARMED POLICE”

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(Taken from “The Independent” dated 2nd September 2011)

“DEATH TOLL OF RIOTS REACHES 10 AS PEACE COMES TO LONDON”


(Taken from “The Sun” dated 8th September 2011)

“HOME SECRETARY ED MILIBAND UNVEILS “NEW REFORMS” FOR POLICE AND CRIME”

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(Taken from “The Mail” dated 12th September 2011)

“DIANE ABBOT CRITICISES “BLUE LABOUR” CRIME POLICY”

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(Taken from “The Guardian” dated 14th September 2011)

“UNEMPLOYMENT RISES BY 40,000”

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(Taken from “The Times” dated 27th September 2011)

“GOVERNMENT PASSES FIXED FOUR YEAR PARLIAMENT TERM WITH SUPPORT FROM LIB DEMS”

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