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The Times Guide to the Commons used to be Britain's bible of psephology. But the new edition substitutes froth and chatter for tables and data

By Dean Godson   August 2005

The Times Guide to the House of Commons 2005 by Tim Hames and Valerie Passmore (HarperCollins, £50)

The Times Guide to the House of Commons used to be the Wisden of British electoral politics. Psephologists sometimes muttered that it was too hastily produced and therefore prone to error. But if you wanted to find out the “correlation of forces” (as Soviet publications might have termed it) in a particular constituency, the Times Guide supplied the basics.

After the 2001 general election, however, something funny happened on the way to the printer. Under new editorship, all the CVs of the losing…

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