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A reunifying Queen’s Speech?19th May 2016 · By Simon Darby
Yesterday’s Queen’s Speech was aimed at presenting Cameron’s government as a ‘one-nation’ Conservative administration. With the party leadership bruised by rebellions and referendum strife, this was an opportunity to reset the agenda. 21 Bills were announced with a focus on delivering a programme of social reform. This included measures to improve adoption, reform higher education, […]
EU referendum all-nighter? Better to Leave the sofa and Remain in bed18th May 2016 · By Nicholas Charalambides
It’s 10pm on the 23rd June 2016, and every household in the UK is settling down in their living rooms to watch a rollercoaster ride of EU referendum results from David Dimbleby et al. Something else that you can file under “political pipe dreams” may be knowing the result of the referendum at a reasonable […]
Westminster Advisers hires Head of Government Affairs at Energy UK17th May 2016 · By Dominic Church
Westminster Advisers has announced it has hired Mark Cazaly to support the continued growth of its financial services and energy practices. Mark leaves his current role as Head of Government Affairs at Energy UK to take up his new post at Westminster Advisers as an Account Director in June. As a senior consultant in the […]
The higher education white paper: Blonde ambition?17th May 2016 · By Fiona Elliott
Yesterday’s publication of the higher education white paper marked the beginning of the most significant legislative reforms of the sector since 1992. The proposals, due to be introduced as a bill in this week’s Queen’s Speech, will address what the government believes is a system dogged by “insufficient competition and a lack of informed choice”. […]
Elections, Brexit and drama, drama, drama13th May 2016 · By Helen Roberts
Election results announced last week confirmed that the big winners were the Conservatives in Scotland and Sadiq Khan for the Labour Party in London. There has been significant commentary surrounding the results and, as the dust has settled, a few things are clear. Firstly, the Conservatives are now a serious contender in Scotland. Ruth Davidson’s […]
Khan he do it?11th May 2016 · By Simon Darby
Between attacking Donald Trump, discussing anti-terror policing with the Paris Mayor and announcing plans to introduce a new ‘hopper’ bus ticket, Sadiq Khan has wasted little time in kicking off his London Mayoralty. As widely anticipated (and much to the relief of beleaguered pollsters, I’m sure), Khan won last Thursday’s Mayoral election by a substantive […]
Still clinging on – Welsh Labour and the 2016 elections10th May 2016 · By Alice Buckley
Last Thursday wasn’t a particularly good day for anyone in Wales describing themselves as a centrist. The Welsh Assembly elections saw Labour fall short of an overall majority by two seats, suffering the shock loss of its Rhondda seat to Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood. On the other end of the spectrum, the elections saw […]
The 2016 Holyrood elections – a tipping point for Scottish politics?10th May 2016 · By Lindsay McCallum
The Scottish elections proved to be a far more exhilarating and surprising event than many had anticipated. Widespread opinion pre-election assumed the SNP would wipe the floor, likely returning a majority and defying the PR electoral system once more, this time under the determined and popular leadership of Nicola Sturgeon. Instead the SNP emerged with […]
Coup on ice10th May 2016 · By Nicholas Charalambides
Accepting to take child refugees from Europe, a “pausing” of the junior doctors’ contract and a climb-down on forced academisation of schools – a trio of U-turns in the space of a week that has left the Government somewhat bruised, but by no means scarred. What is most striking from these climb-downs is the repeated […]
Taking away the politics: What difference will the National Infrastructure Commission make?4th May 2016 · By Lindsay McCallum
Westminster Advisers was delighted to recently host Sir John Armitt for a breakfast discussion on ‘Delivering greater certainty for UK infrastructure’ and the work of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). As one of the UK’s most successful engineers and former Head of the Olympic Delivery Authority, Sir John has presided over some of the UK’s […]
Just what does a consumer focussed energy policy look like?3rd May 2016 · By Angus Hill
Westminster Advisers was delighted to welcome Angus MacNeil MP, the chair of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee, for a recent roundtable discussion on future challenges in the energy sector. Taking place in the context of a fast changing energy policy landscape the roundtable was an opportunity to discuss the government’s priorities for […]
Challenges of Leadership26th April 2016 · By Simon Darby
Both the Conservative and Labour leadership will be approaching the next couple of months – filled with local elections and the EU referendum campaign – with a degree of trepidation. Mutterings of the phrase ‘leadership election’ have begun to circulate among political commentators and observers in Westminster. Conceivably, both Cameron and Corbyn could be facing […]