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The Election Debate Visualisation Project

The Election Debate Visualisation Project Copyrighted image Copyright: EDV Project / Party leader images CC Plaid Cymru / Edinburgh Greens / Scottish Government / Gage Skidmore / Ed Miliband
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Even though social media is thoroughly embedded in voters’ culture we have yet to come up with an engaging, interactive way to share our feedback...

Liberals saw their chance to build on an abandoned middle ground

Liberals saw their chance to build on an abandoned middle ground Copyrighted image Copyright: Davidwatmough | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
In the lead up to the 2015 General Election, Alan Shipman looks back at how the Liberals built on the abandoned middle ground.

The Conservative Manifesto - Then and Now

The Conservative Manifesto - Then and Now Copyrighted image Copyright: Newsfocus1 | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2015
Alan Shipman looks back at the 1979 Conservative Manifesto and compares it to their modern day manifesto.

Education and the General Election of 1979

Education and the General Election of 1979
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
Dr Frank Monaghan looks back at the immediate run-up to the 1979 general election which led to a massive shake-up in education, the consequences of...

How(e) 'Labour Isn't Working' did the job for the Conservatives

How(e) 'Labour Isn't Working' did the job for the Conservatives Copyrighted image Copyright: Chris Ware / stringer
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
Alan Shipman discusses how Saatchi and Saatchi's 'Labour Isn't Working' campaign became the poster-child of political advertising.

Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved

Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved Copyrighted image Copyright: Presiyan Panayotov | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 26 Mar 2015
In the lead up to the General Election, Alan Shipman discusses how the economic problems of 1979 were swept under the carpet, but they are not off...

1979: The First Scottish Referendum on Devolution

1979: The First Scottish Referendum on Devolution Copyrighted image Copyright: Bram Janssens | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 23 Mar 2015
The 1979 Scottish Devolution Referendum set in motion political shifts that are still playing-out today, argues Gerry Mooney.

The spaces of politics

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The spaces of politics Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 20 mins Updated 13 Feb 2015
What are the spaces of politics beyond the usual buildings of parliament? Three Open University academics tell us in this video.

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jan 2015
This major four-part series from inside the House Of Commons gives viewers unparalleled access to places where cameras are normally forbidden. 

The Great Fall: Germany's current political landscape

The Great Fall: Germany's current political landscape Copyrighted image Copyright: Mark Waters | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Nov 2014
Have important roles in German politics been taken over by East Germans since the fall of the Berlin wall?