A long time in politics – 20 years of political due diligence

This article appears in the current 20th anniversary edition of Real Deals. Cast your mind back to 1999. Tracey Emin’s My Bed was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, Manchester United won the treble, and the Millennium Dome was opened (to mixed reviews) as the cornerstone of the UK’s millennium celebrations. Politically, it seemed like a simpler time.Read more

Insulated from the storm: reflections from Conservative Party Conference

It is fair to say that both of the main Parties were facing significant questions on unity and leadership heading into this conference season. The Conservatives in Manchester this week were far more successful in insulating the atmosphere of their annual get together from these challenges. It simply didn’t have the feel of a PartyRead more

‘Labour-pains or Labour-gains?’

The weather in Brighton this week veered from the sublime to the ridiculous, mirroring remarkable swings in the mood and political backdrop to Labour’s annual get together. A week that looked set to be dominated by stories about bitter splits and internal battles was ultimately saved by external events in the form of yesterday’s remarkableRead more

On the cusp of a breakthrough?

In February 2019 pro-European MPs leaving the Conservative Party and Labour Party felt that setting up a new party was the most effective way of promoting moderate, pro-European politics in the UK. Talk in the media was of how they would swallow up the Liberal Democrats who were seen as being on their political deathbed.Read more

Who will make it to No.10? The runners and riders compared

As you’ll have seen, the WA team has developed a runners and riders guide to help you understand the different approaches of the candidates, and the likelihood of their campaigns being a success. We’ll be regularly updating this as the campaigns progress, policy platforms are developed, and the field narrows. In the meantime, for thoseRead more

And they’re off – Tory leadership runners and riders

The results of the final round of voting amongst the Conservative parliamentary party are in, and the head-to-head contest will be between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. Amid accusations from Michael Gove’s supporters that Johnson’s team engaged in dirty tricks to force him out of the contest, Hunt beat Gove by just two votes toRead more