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BBC elections specialist Anthony King dies at age of 82

By Kate Ferguson

Professor Anthony King, who helped lead the BBC's election coverage for more than 20 years, has died aged 82.

Born in Canada, he moved to the UK in the 1950s and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he gained a doctorate in politics.

He went on to become one of Britain's leading experts in the political sciences and wrote extensively on the people and trends that have shaped Parliament over the past 50 years.

But he was best known as a populariser of politics and electoral trends; he analysed opinion polls for the Daily Telegraph for many years and was the BBC's election night analyst from 1983 to 2005.

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