It’s half term: respite for Cameron?

Parliament’s two-week recess offers the PM a welcome breather from the internecine strife that has engulfed the Conservatives over the last few weeks. It’s a chance to draw a line under troubles, take stock and shift the agenda back on to more solid ground for his party’s prospects at the next election. That means gettingRead more

The irresistible rise of UKIP?

Since UKIP’s notable success in the local elections earlier this month, the party has been dominating UK political commentary, helped in no small part by the Conservative leadership’s hokey cokey over the EU referendum bill in the Queen’s Speech, the gay marriage bill, and the much discussed ‘loon-gate’. In fact it has now become commonRead more

Between a ROC and a hard place?

The launch of Clean Energy Pipeline’s 2013 Green Investment Guide last week saw some mixed views about the prospects for green investment in the UK. The guide was launched after several weeks of criticism and concern for DECC and its electricity market reform proposals. Nick Butler – formerly an energy advisor at No 10 underRead more

On the London Finance Commission

Yesterday’s publication of Raising the Capital – the final report from the London Finance Commission (commissioned by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and chaired by Prof. Tony Travers of the LSE) achieved the remarkable feat of making local government capital financing newsworthy. The LFC was established by the Mayor in 2012 to consider improvementsRead more

New team joins Westminster Advisers

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three senior people: Malcolm Sullivan joins as Associate Director. Malcolm has extensive knowledge and networks in UK energy policy and will be heading up Westminster Advisers’ energy practice. Malcolm was previously at MHP Communications where he advised multiple energy interests including EDF Energy. Christine Quigley joins asRead more

A European Intervention

Leaders rarely relish interventions from their forbears. It was only a few weeks ago that Tony Blair published a thinly veiled attack on Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Labour Party in the New Statesman. This week, it has been David Cameron’s turn to experience a bit of aged wisdom – in the form of LordRead more