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

Communications Data – dead or just dormant?

Dedicated Queen-watchers may have been surprised and entertained on Wednesday when HRH uttered the words “In relation to the problem of matching internet protocol addresses, my Government will bring forward proposals to enable the protection of the public and the investigation of crime in cyberspace” – surely a first for an 87-year-old wearing a crownRead more

Labour’s alternative Queen’s speech

The common criticism being laid at the door of the Labour leadership is that a lack of definition is holding back their mission to win over a sceptical public who are unconvinced that the Party should be trusted to once again hold the reins of power – particularly on economic policy. With the Coalition government’sRead more


At the time of writing, the 2013 local election results are still coming in, with around two-thirds of those local authorities in which votes are taking place having declared. However, the story of the elections is already clear – it is, of course, the rise of UKIP, labelled a ‘shockwave’ through British politics by theRead more