Peers’ dressing down could prompt Government re-think on NHS delivery

This government and its predecessors received a dressing down from the Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS last week. The committee of peers published its report on the health service and its ability to deliver under increasing financial and demand pressures. Criticism was firmly focused on the ‘short sightedness’ of successive governmentsRead more

Brussels, we’ve left the building

The original version of this article appeared in Real Deals.  Kicking off the Brexit process We’re officially on our way out. Article 50 has been formally triggered and what happens over the coming months will set the tone and style of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Donald Tusk has set the ball rolling forRead more

The Great Repeal Race

This spring, Her Majesty the Queen will outline the details of the Great Repeal Bill as she opens the new parliamentary session—opening up the throttle on a process with striking parallels to the current Formula 1 season. Granted the Berlaymont doesn’t quite conjure up the same images of grandeur as the Monte Carlo Casino andRead more

Where next for energy investors?

Potential price cap and consumer measures At the Conservatives’ Spring Conference, the Prime Minister signalled her intention to take further measures to bring down energy prices for consumers. Backbench Tory MP John Penrose has suggested a relative price cap which would limit the difference companies were allowed to charge between their cheapest deals and theirRead more

Trigger Happy

In January this year, Theresa May stood up in Lancaster House outlining her twelve negotiating priorities for Brexit talks, emphasising the need for a “new partnership” and finding a deal that worked for both sides. May did not shy away from tough rhetoric, threatening to walk away if she didn’t get the deal she wanted,Read more

WA hires HM Treasury senior adviser Aaron Yamoah

WA has announced that it has hired Aaron Yamoah, a senior policy adviser at HM Treasury to bolster its senior public affairs and strategic communications teams. Aaron joins WA with over five years’ experience advising ministers and delivering new policies in HM Treasury. Aaron was initially responsible for the Treasury’s competition agenda where he playedRead more

Brewing up a storm: Sturgeon’s bid for indyref2

This month, we have seen the debate on Scotland’s independence remerge as Nicola Sturgeon indicated intentions to agree a section 30 order with the UK government, effectively creating the pathway for another referendum. Sturgeon has made clear she wants to hold a vote sometime between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2019, allowing Scots to decide theirRead more

Mother knows best

We live and breathe politics and policy. For those of us that get excited with every Early Day Motion and ministerial speech, it is easy to get wrapped up in it all. For us, a policy announcement is immediately broken down into small parts, and each tweet by a Parliamentary Private Secretary parsed for meaning.Read more