Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Almanac of British Politics - New Edition Published

Good news for political geeks aficionados everywhere - the new edition of the ALMANAC of BRITISH POLITICS is published next week. This is the eight edition of this bestselling tome and contains constituency profiles, charts, graphs, tables - in fact everything an aspirant candidate could ever want to know about a particular constituency.

For reasons best known to themselves Amazon are saying it was published in 2005 but is unavailable - you can still preorder it though HERE or you can preorder it and probably get it quicker HERE for £39.99 from Politico's. This is what the blurb for the book says...

The latest edition of The Almanac of British Politics has been thoroughly revised and updated to include full details of the new constituencies following the comprehensive boundary changes which will come into force throughout the United Kingdom at the next election. It has firmly established itself as the definitive guide to the electoral map of the UK for nearly twenty-five years, covering in detail each of the constituencies sending representatives to the House of Commons. Its comprehensive coverage provides a witty and informative biographical profile of every Member of Parliament and a detailed social, demographic, economic and political analysis with statistics of seats to give the clearest picture of the British social and political landscape in the twenty-first century. This is the essential reference work on British politics for students, academics, journalists and psephologists.

Contents
List of maps. Acknowledgements. Introduction. The 2005 Parliament. The May 2005 general election result. Regional survey. The most marginal and safest constituencies – 2005 general election. Statistical tables: constituencies Social statistics: explanation of terms. Members of Parliament. 2005 Parliament: youngest MPs. 2005 Parliament: oldest MPs. 2005 Parliament: longest (continuously) serving MPs. The new constituency boundaries - 2007. Unchanged constituencies. Majorities list – constituencies ranked by actual or (post boundary review) notional majority. Conservative targets - candidates Party abbreviations. Constituencies and Member of Parliament. Maps. Index of Members of Parliament.

I'll be interviewing the book's editor Robert Waller on 18 Doughty Street shortly.

7 comments:

Matthew Dear said...

All information now readily available on the internet, no? I'm sad to say it as an ardent book-lover, but in this day and age is this not more coffee table decoration than useful information source?

Newmania said...

Cant` you read it and tell em the good bits Iain. Jeez I`ve got a living to make here I rely on you for sort of thing.
Gather Croydonian is on Doughty Street tonight. He is good on the French scene (and much more)

Phil said...

Don't think we didn't notice that the link to Amazon uses Iain Dale's referrer to generate him some income!

A worthy cause, though, if it keeps the blog up and running!

Anonymous said...

£40 for this book may help to explain just 3 comments so far, Iain...

Iain Dale said...

More sales than comments is fine by me,,,,

Anonymous said...

If you look on amazon (as I just disloyally did) it dsays that people who bought the British Political Almanac mainly also bought... DVDs of Dad's Army series 5-9 and Steptoe & Son.

Liam said...

Even in the age of the Internet books like these are invaluable. You can't take a laptop everywhere you go (and it costs money to go on line, of course).

Pay day weekend is coming - this is my first purchase =)