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Early prognosis: What does May’s Government mean for healthcare?26th August 2016 · By Emily Cameron
Theresa May has now returned from her walking holiday in the Swiss Alps to a red box filled to bursting with G20 summit preparation, Hinkley Point, and the small task of managing Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. At a recent Brexit seminar with Health Investor magazine, I spoke on what the change in tide means for […]
Maggie May?17th August 2016 · By Simon Darby
Having become the UK’s second female Prime Minister, it was somewhat inevitable that Theresa May would be compared to her fellow Conservative, Margaret Thatcher. As her premiership takes shape, are we looking at Maggie May or will the new PM forge a different path? There are certainly similarities in the way their personalities have been […]
Theresa May – The path to Brexit11th August 2016 · By Alice Buckley
For someone met with scepticism from both the Remain and Leave camps during the referendum campaign, Theresa May has done well to gain the confidence of both as Prime Minister. A self-styled ‘Reluctant Remainer’, she kept a low profile during the referendum campaign, casting doubt on her commitment to Europe. The tables turned when she […]
Card declined: a missed opportunity for challenger banks?10th August 2016 · By Joseph Jones
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has missed an opportunity to radically reform retail banking, and spur on a new generation of “disrupters” that promise better customer service and value for money. The publication of the CMA’s wide-ranging review into retail banking saw most coverage focussing on the issue of overdraft charges. Many consumer champions […]
Hinkley Point: Sino-British relations enter the cooling tower3rd August 2016 · By Alice Buckley
No one would ever describe Hinkley Point as free of controversy. But the government’s announcement that it will be delaying the final decision on the project certainly came as a shock. Less than a fortnight ago, Chancellor Philip Hammond was reaffirming the government’s commitment to the new nuclear power station, which, he assured the British […]
Michel Barnier – scourge of the City or a sheep in wolf’s clothing?2nd August 2016 · By Nicholas Charalambides
Scourge of the City of London. A hardline Britain Basher. The most dangerous man in Europe. Michel Barnier’s appointment by Commission President Juncker as chief Brexit negotiator has been hailed as an act of war. Though for all the inflammatory rhetoric, his appointment marks a smart move by Juncker for both London and Brussels. The […]
Theresa May – Where next for devolution?1st August 2016 · By Dean Duke
The May administration has started at a time when political attention is focused on European affairs and the economy. What future, then, for localism? As a starting point, it should be remembered, that as Home Secretary Theresa May introduced directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners. They brought with them local political accountability over policing for the […]
Theresa May – A new approach on education?29th July 2016 · By Jessica March
May’s first speech outside No.10 focused on tackling social injustice. She paid tribute to Cameron’s record and made it clear that she will continue to pursue his One Nation Conservative agenda including his focus on improving ‘life chances’. The emphasis on tackling inequalities and social mobility through improvements to education, skills and family policy is […]
Theresa May – One nation powerhouse?28th July 2016 · By Lizzie Wills
May’s commitment to lead the UK in the spirit of ‘one nation’ has real implications for transport and infrastructure policy. It suggests continuity from the previous administration, which should provide some comfort to infrastructure investors at a time of uncertainty. Both Cameron and George Osborne saw grand infrastructure projects as tools to achieve ‘one nation’ […]
Theresa May – Little Britain or big ideas?27th July 2016 · By Nicholas Charalambides
May’s international priorities, outside of negotiating Britain’s exit from the EU, will focus on promoting the UK abroad. Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary and Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary are both likely to have a focus on building global relations and presenting the UK as a global trading nation willing and open for business […]
The ‘big-stick’ crackdown on NHS spending26th July 2016 · By Sarah Gullo
Last week’s financial ‘reset’ moment from NHS England and NHS Improvement was like taking a stick to children who are desperately doing their best to obey. NHS finances are in a mess. That’s no secret. NHS trusts ended the last financial year £2.45bn in deficit. The reset is a series of interventions and measures which […]
Theresa May – blue collar economics?25th July 2016 · By Malcolm Sullivan
The May government’s overriding objective will be to ensure Brexit does not unduly harm the British economy. But setting aside the unknowable developments of future trade talks, how will it approach economic management? It is already clear that May has more interventionist instincts than her predecessors. She has in recent days expressed consternation at the […]