Party politics and polling
Our experts follow every twist and turn in the fortunes of the UK’s leading political parties, as well as elections, political speeches and the rise of UKIP.
Prof Ed Fieldhouse
Political participation, voting and poll analysis
A Professor of Social and Political Science, Ed is Co-Investigator of the British Election Study, run by Manchester, Oxford and Nottingham Universities; one of the longest running election surveys worldwide. He was appointed as founding director of the Institute for Social Change, a position which he held until September 2012. His main research interests are electoral geography and political participation and in particular social influences on voter turnout.
Professor Rob Ford
Voting and poll analysis, US political relations, Far right
Rob is an expert on public opinion, electoral choice, immigration politics and the radical right. He is co-author of "Revolt on the Right", an award winning study of UKIP and co-editor of "Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box", a volume of essays looking at the more unusual elements of voter behaviour and psychology. Rob has worked as a consultant psephologist with the BBC elections programme since 2005 and has extensive television, radio and print media experience.
Prof Jane Green
Voting and poll analysis, Conservative party
Jane is a Co-Director of the British Election Study. She is an election analyst for ITV News election programming and was ITV’s expert for the 2015 general election, the 2016 EU referendum, the 2016 US Presidential election, and for the forthcoming 2017 general election. Jane was a member of the official inquiry into the 2015 opinion polls. She is a regular commentator on national and international media on elections, voting, public opinion and party politics.
Prof Dave Richards
The political biography, Government
A Professor of Public Policy, Dave's main research interests are in British politics, Australian politics, public policy, governance, globalisation, state theory and political biography. His current research addresses themes of democracy and accountability, leaks and whistle blowing in government, institutions and crisis and the role of political biography in political analysis.
Prof Andrew Russell
The voting age, Liberal Democrats, Voting and poll analysis
Prof Andrew Russell is a seasoned political pundit, making regular contributions to radio, newspapers and television programmes. He has published widely on political parties, elections, campaigning and electoral engagement. He has a specific interest in hard to reach groups such as young people. He is a noted authority on the British LibDems and was a Commonwealth Election Observer in Mozambique. One of his regular media commitments is the monthly Political Ideas Phone-in on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Prof Colin Talbot
Government, Public policy
Colin Talbot is Professor of Government at The University of Manchester. Colin's main area of expertise is public services and public management reform. He has advised Parliamentary Committees on civil service, performance and public spending issues. He is a regular commentator in the media and made a major impact on the 2010 General Election campaign with his analysis of Conservative public sector cutting plans He is the creator of the popular Whitehall Watch blog and directs Policy@Manchester.