Tuesday, 4 May 2010

What about the regions?

Much of the emphasis of the main TV and news outlets has been on the leaders debates for England. But we shouldn't forget that dabates have also been taking place in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Here are some more quick suggestions for following these.

The BBC scotland website has news stories, polls and blog. Look out for clips of the leaders debates on the BBC iPlayer
Scottish newspaper The Herald also has a scottish focus with news, polls and discussion as does the Scotsman

Another good site for polls and blogs is Scotland Votes which is maintained by Weber Shandwick public affairs with media partners including the Scotsman.


Again BBC Wales has TV programmes, polls and blogs
Also useful is Wales Online which is maintained by the Western Mail newspaper

Northern Ireland

BBC Northern Ireland includes a blog by Mark Devenport
The Belfast Telegraph also has news stories and polls coverage and famous blogger Slugger O'Toole has postings and summaries from major news sources.
Strategm a NI lobbying company has some good analysis of the polls which features comment from renown expert Nicholas Whyte
For some historic election results some excellent starting points are: CAIN CAIN is the Northern Ireland Conflict Archive maintained by the University of Ulster . Its election section contains all results from 1968 onwards. Associated with this ARK has information on all elections since 1885 with a clickable map of results since 1996.
Finally if you want to consider the impact of political devolution on politics and government in the regions, we would recommend the UCL Constitution unit website which has a major section monitoring devolution.
The Intute catalogue also has links to major web resources relating to devolution in Scotland, Wales and Government in Northern Ireland

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