Lib Dem Conference: View from conference floor

Many lobbyists seem to have decided to give the Liberal Democrat party conference a miss this year. Whether through a (wholly misguided) negative view of the host city, Glasgow, or a (wholly misguided) feeling that the Lib Dems don’t matter right now, attendance from the public affairs community seems low. One consequence of this isRead more

Lib Dem Conference: (some) reasons to be cheerful?

With their conference in full swing, the Liberal Democrats may not find some of the ongoing media coverage particularly helpful. So far, Vince Cable’s hokey-cokey attitude to whether he’d attend the main vote on the Government’s economic policy (let alone which way he would vote), Jeremy Browne’s call for a ban on veils and ofRead more

Open Season 2013 – what’s on at the party conference fringe

With politicos up and down the country packing their bags for the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative party conferences, Westminster Advisers has looked at the fringe programmes for each party. The most popular speakers at each conference fringe are the Universities Minister David Willetts MP, Business Secretary Vince Cable MP and Housing Minister Jack DromeyRead more

Depoliticising infrastructure

The recommendations of the Armitt Review into the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs, commissioned by the Labour Party and announced today, are likely to have many involved with the financing and delivery of capital projects nodding in agreement. Complaints about ‘politics’ getting in the way of the effective delivery of specific projects are commonplace within theRead more

Housing: the battle politicians cannot afford to lose

Whilst by no means a scientific analysis, the significant number of housing-related fringe events pencilled in for the 2013 Party conference season provides an indication of the heightened seriousness with which the problems affecting the UK’s housing market are being taken. Indeed, in part led by the ever-growing concerns surrounding the availability, and thus cost,Read more

Signalling trouble ahead for HS2?

When it comes to consider its record in power, every government wants to be remembered for game-changing policy decisions that deliver clear positive outcomes for the country. When the Coalition government formally confirmed their commitment to proceed with High Speed 2 in 2012, the announcement was widely hailed as a landmark moment for UK infrastructureRead more