Bienvenue a Paris: What are the implications of France’s pitch to become the financial centre of Europe?

Much has been made of the future of the City of London, and its ability to retain its position as a world-class financial hub in light of the Brexit vote. In the wake of the referendum vote, speculation has been steadily mounting that Paris could make a play to become the new centre for businessRead more

Corbyn: terminal or just long-term?

The red drapes are down, flyers collected and the podium packed up and shipped off to storage (presumably standing next to Ed’s ten commandments). Hacks and hecklers alike have left Liverpool and politics returns to normal. Jeremy Corbyn is still running the sideshow while the country looks to Conservatives. But the question pressing against theRead more


May’s London mayoral election feels slightly strange. Without the names Ken or Boris on the City Hall ballot, the mayoralty has the sense of entering a new era. Whilst Goldsmith and Khan arguably lack their predecessors’ personas, 2016’s mayoral race shouldn’t be any less intriguing. In their own right, both Zac and Sadiq are interestingRead more

Conservative roundtable series – Graham Brady MP

Westminster Advisers was delighted to be joined by Graham Brady MP, Chair of the 1922 Committee on Thursday 4th February, in what was our first in a series of social events to examine the Conservative party in government.   Following a ‘dry January’ for much of the company, Westminster Advisers invited guests for Thursday evening wineRead more


The political agenda has been dominated in recent weeks by international issues. Greece, Tunisia and European migration have been the main topics of discussion in the corridors of Whitehall and Westminster. Tomorrow, the focus will briefly shift to Britain’s trade with Europe and the rest of the world. Sir Howard Davies, who was appointed threeRead more

Week in Westminster: Settling down to business

With Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech confirming the new government’s legislative programme, there has been a sense of a return to business in Westminster this week. Understandably, the contents of the first Conservative Queen’s Speech for nearly two decades has been the focus of attention over the past few days. Whilst there were few genuine surprises –Read more

Boris island – Is political ambition on airport capacity dead in the water?

It was the decision that we had largely been expecting. Sir Howard Davies has today decided that Boris Johnson’s Thames Estuary plans for a new airport on the Isle of Grain should be taken no further as a possible contender in the race to provide additional runway capacity in the South East. The London MayorRead more

HESTER La vista!

News on Wednesday that RBS Chief Executive Stephen Hester has been strongly encouraged to stand down will come as no surprise to those who’ve followed the bank’s reprivatisation saga in some detail. As more details have emerged it seems increasingly likely that HMT, via UKFI, played a key role in edging Hester towards the exit.Read more