Biggest political stories of 2014

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Biggest political stories of 2014
24th December 2014

From the rise of fringe political parties to Ed Miliband’s cringeworthy moments, 2014 has been a turbulent year in Westminster.

 

The rise of UKIP

A breakdown in voters’ trust in the bigger political parties has led to the rise of smaller parties – most notably UKIP.

The party took 160 seats in the local elections in May and have since been ahead of the Lib Dems in the polls as well as gaining two defections from the Conservatives.

Nigel Farage’s party is also having a big influence on the political agenda with immigration becoming a key issue for each party.

 

The fall of Ed Miliband

It’s not been a great year for Labour leader Ed Miliband.

But things really hit the rocks at the Labour conference when Mr Miliband forgot to mention the deficit and immigration in a key speech.

And there was that awkward kiss with his wife Justine.

His popularity has also been plummeting in the polls with Labour now neck and neck with the Tories.

Rumours of dissent among the Shadow Cabinet and the backbench have also had to be quashed.

 

Boris Johnson to run as MP

The Mayor of London’s announcement that he planned to run as MP dominated the headlines.

Following months of speculation, Boris Johnson made the announcement off the back of a speech about the EU.

But speculation about standing soon moved to conjecture about Tory leadership.

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