European elections – a primer

Elections to the European Parliament will take place in less than three months. The media has, as ever, reported on the elections as a horse race between the various UK political parties and has speculated as to what the consequences may be for UK domestic politics. However, the election and the formation of the nextRead more

The Conservatives and climate change – will the floods herald a shift in attitudes?

The floods have placed climate change firmly back on the political agenda – but what will the impact be? For environmentally minded politicians and activists, the last few weeks have been a clear reminder of the dangers of climate. For climate sceptics, the recent weather has been just that – weather. Worse than usual, butRead more

The Miliband State of Mind

Thus far, the Labour leader has focused his attacks on big business and the perceived consumer detriment resulting from ‘broken markets’. However, Monday evening saw Ed Miliband, during his Hugo Young lecture, turn his attention to the state; in particular, the relation and interaction between the individual and the public services they use. Miliband has,Read more

Opinion polls and public affairs strategies – Navigating the road to 2015

Westminster Advisers was delighted to be able to welcome guests from across the public affairs industry to a breakfast event on 11 February for a discussion of current opinion polls and what their implications are for public affairs strategies in the run up to the general election in 2015. Guests were able to hear fromRead more

Making the right call: political challenges facing the mobile industry

Today Westminster Advisers is launching a new report, Making the right call – political challenges facing the mobile industry. In it, we examine a range of political and policy risks facing mobile network operators (MNOs), Virtual Network Operators, manufacturers and resellers. As 2G and 3G connections have become widespread and commoditised, policymakers’ perceptions of themRead more

Return of the progressive alliance?

The most common question asked by clients and contacts at the moment is – “what will be the outcome of the 2015 General Election?” and “what does this mean for us?” Polling analysis indicates a Labour / Liberal Democrat coalition. Despite Labour’s lead in the polls at a steady average of 6% being fairly entrenched,Read more