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Picking Cameron’s pollster

Why is there so much shadow boxing over whether Lynton Crosby, the Australian political operative, will run the 2015 Tory general election campaign? In talking to journalists, David Cameron could not have been clearer about his enthusiasm to co-opt Boris Johnson’s election strategist. But there is one sticking point: whether Lynton’s company will carry out the political polling for the campaign.

Election strategists make their money by commissioning campaign polling from their own companies, and Lynton’s firm, Crosby Textor, might expect to do this. But that could put the prime minister in conflict with Andrew Cooper, his…

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