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WATCH: The General Election 2015

07 May 2015

Our academics explain the closest and most unpredictable battle for Number 10 in a generation

University academics are providing expert analysis and reaction for the country’s major media outlets as the results of the General Election come in.

Co-Director of the British Election Study Professor Jane Green is taking the hot seat in ITV’s coverage of election night, joining Political Editor Tom Bradby and News at Ten anchor Julie Etchingham to follow the twists and turns of the closest and most unpredictable battle for Number 10 in a generation.

Coverage begins at 9.55pm until 6am, when a special edition of Good Morning Britain with Susanna Reid will take over.

Professor Green says: “Even at this late stage, absolutely no-one can say which way this exciting and unpredictable election will go, so viewers will quite rightly demand impartial and dependable analysis. We’re looking forward to finding out the answers to these and many other questions. Do join us.”

Rob Ford will also be working ‘behind-the-scenes’ at the BBC and Dr Maria Sobolewska commenting for BBC 5 Live.

As the results continue to come in on Friday, Professor Andrew Russell will be on BBC Radio Manchester and Granada Reports and Professor Francesca Gains will be on national radio station Heart FM.

Professor Russell, Head of Politics, has already appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about how the party leaders fared in the televised Question Time programmes, broadcast ahead of the General Election.

To watch, visit:

In the event of a hung parliament on Friday, Professor Colin Talbot and Joe Tomlinson will also be speaking to the media about the constitutional and political implications on Britain.

Professor Talbot, Professor of Government, says: “With the election looking like it will result in a hung parliament, with a very small difference between the two main parties and no two-party deal that would command a majority of the those parties' members, we are entering unknown territory.”

Joe, lecturer in constitutional law reform, adds: “Coalitions have been rare in the UK and how they should form very much remains a developing area of constitutional law.”

Professor Talbot has published a series of blogs on who governs Britain beyond May 7. To see them, visit:

And our academics will be tweeting their comments through the night. Follow them on: