Election 2010

H&P supports a network of over 250 historians, who are willing and able to comment on current policy issues. On this page you will find historians' responses to developments during the general election campaign and to the politics and policies of the new coalition government.

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On this page you will find:

Policy papers

Rapid responses

Historians provide rapid comment during the election campaign and the early days of the new government:

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H&P opinion pieces

Historians write exclusively for the H&P website on the election campaign and its aftermath:

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Opinion pieces in the media

Articles by historians published in the media:

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Political history forum

A group of expert political historians is now available to provide comment on a range of key issues ahead of, during and immediately after the General Election, including:

  • Electoral reform
  • Hung parliaments
  • Election campaigning
  • Public engagement with politics
  • Candidate selection
  • Cabinet appointments and coalition governments

For more information on the forum, and for details of how to contact a historian, please see our press note.

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Users of the website are welcome to download and reproduce its contents consistent with the fair dealing exceptions, in particular fair dealing for the purpose of research or private study. In submitting their papers to this website authors are considered to have granted the editors a licence to reproduce their work in electronic form, but they continue to retain copyright in their work. The editors retain copyright in the website as a compilation or database, as well as in the underlying source code as a computer program.


The views expressed on this website are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the editors or other staff members of the Centre for Contemporary British History, University of London, the Centre for History in Public Health, University of London or the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

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