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So far, at least, Clegg and the Lib Dems do not seem to be paying a price for last week’s veto on the boundary changes

February 6th, 2013

Is it now just a footnote?

Just eight days ago the big political news was the expected rejection by the Commons of plans to reduce the number of MPs to 600 and introduce new boundaries.

There was fury from the blue side with words like “betrayal” coming out – yet this maelstrom doesn’t seem to have had any impact beyond Westminster.

The Lib Dem daily poll figures have continued in double figures and the party is enjoying its best period from YouGov since 2010. For nearly eight weeks they’ve only dropped below 10% once and they’ve been up at 12% three times.

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It’s said that the Tories will be approaching the fight in Eastleigh with a greater vigour. Revenge is a powerful emotion.

The problem for the blues is that this comes over as a technical matter and so far has not resonated.

Mike Smithson

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