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.
Dr Rob Ford
Voting and poll analysis, US political relations, Far right
Rob is a political sociologist with expertise in immigration politics, voting behaviour and support for the extreme right. He has also been employed by the BBC as a consultant psephologist since 2005, working on General, local and devolved elections. Rob is a Hallsworth Research Fellow based at the University's Institute for Social Change.
Prof Jane Green
Voting and poll analysis, Conservative party
Jane, a Professor of Political Science, is Co-Investigator of the British Election Study (run by Manchester, Oxford and Nottingham Universities); one of the longest running election survey worldwide. She is. Using BES data, Jane provides shows how British voters form their opinions about politics, how Scottish, Welsh and English voters evaluate devolved and national governments, how coalition government will impact on the 2015 election, and other debates. Jane was the BBC World Service election night expert in 2005 and 2010 and a regular political pundit.
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
Andrew is a seasoned political pundit, making regular contributions to newspapers and television programmes. He has published widely on political parties in general, elections, campaigning and electoral engagement. He has a specific interest in British Liberal Democrats and young people, and has been in Mozambique as an election observer.
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.