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Iain Dale

I wrote last week about my voting dilemma. For those who didn’t read last week’s column (and why not?) I wanted to vote for Dan Hannan, but the problem was that Marta Andreasen was Number Four on the ballot paper. Problem solved, I thought. I’ll vote in Norfolk where I am also on the electoral roll. The trouble was that when we got to Norfolk on Saturday there was no postal vote waiting for me. It turns out I hadn’t registered for one, even though I am convinced I did. Anyway, as I was filling in the postal vote back in Kent, my partner piped up and said that he had already voted for UKIP. “I quite like that Nigel Farage,” he chirruped. “Mind you,” he said, “he’s got some nutters who support him. Did you see that idiot woman who gave someone the finger and told them to f**k off?” “Yes”, I said. “That’s Janice Atkinson. You’ve just voted for her. She’s number two on the UKIP list.” “Bloody hell,” he replied. I could tell you who I voted for, but I think I will leave it until after I have presented LBC’s Euro Election Special on Sunday night. It starts at 9pm and lasts for six hours. I don’t drink, but I might need one after that.

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Over the last few weeks, the electoral geek in me has certainly manifested itself. I’ve done a series of blogposts predicting the outcome of the European elections in each region. Yes, what a sad bastard I have become. I reckon the best outcome the Tories can hope for is 20 seats, although a very senior Cabinet Minister thinks that I am being unduly optimistic. Apparently, he and his colleagues think the total will be more like 15 or 16. If he’s right, that will means UKIP scores far more than the 26 I have predicted. But, let’s face it, most people reading this site are far more interested in the number of seats the LibDems will get. Or rather won’t. If they get a big fat zero, as many pundits predict maybe we can erect a series of posters all around the country saying “LIBDEMS – LOSING HERE”.

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Far more serious for the LibDems than losing all their Euro seats is the continuing erosion of their councillor base. By the time you have read this, it’s likely that they will have lost more than half their councillors throughout the country. They have always been the backbone to their impressive campaigning organisation. No longer. In some areas of the country they have completely disappeared. Poor loves.

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Conchita Wurst. I’ve had worse.

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The Number Ten communications machine lurches from one disaster to another, the latest being banning the Daily Telegraph from a Prime Ministerial visit, on the basis that their facilities were only for broadcasters, not newspapers. How crass. Contrary to popular rumour, newspapers are still read by millions of people every day, especially Her Majesty’s Telegraph. Ever since Andy Coulson’s departure, newspaper journalists have been complaining about being ignored by Number Ten. One day, the Prime Minister will live to regret this unbelievably stupid attitude to getting the message out. He ought to take a few lessons from the Chancellor’s press operation, which knocks Number Ten for six.

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So Sam Allardyce is staying at West Ham. Bugger.

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One of the stars of UKIP’s election campaign has been the former Conservative councillor Suzanne Evans. I’d never heard of her before but she has been put forward on TV and radio at every possible opportunity. And it’s easy to see why. Articulate, easy on the eye, sometimes too honest for her own good, and with a well-developed sense of humour, she’s exactly what they need. If Nigel Farage ever fell by the wayside, I reckon they’d be mad not to consider her as leadership material. Watch her. She’s going places, and is a massive loss to the Conservative Party.

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So good is Evans that I have signed her up to write a book for Biteback in our Why Vote series, which we publish before each election. She’s doing the Why vote UKIP? book. Jeremy Browne will be penning Why vote Liberal Democrat?, Dan Jarvis Why vote Labour? and Nick Herbert will be writing Why vote Conservative? Did I just sense a collective shudder at some of the Party headquarters? Each of these politicians is known for their independence of mind ,and I hope will produce something far more readable than their party manifestos will ever be. I know that’s not exactly a high bar to set…

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I hope to see some of you at the ConservativeHome Nuremburg election rally on Saturday. For reasons best known to himself, Paul Goodman has asked me to chair a session on how to deal with UKIP. He really must hate me as he has scheduled it right at the end of the day. I shall have to think of ways of keeping the audience awake.  I’m going to try to come to some of the earlier sessions so, if you see me and enjoy the column, do come and say hello. If you don’t enjoy the column, well, you can pretend you ain’t seen me, right? Indeed, if you don’t enjoy the column, you should know that next week’s is scheduled to be my final one. But I might just stay on just to annoy you…

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