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

The next big topic: turning up the heat on the Conservative’s climate change policy

There’s a new kid on the block in UK politics. Climate change and the demand for radical, green policies has burst onto the political stage and into our discourse in recent weeks. This has been driven by the Extinction Rebellion protests which took over London in a huge display of civil disobedience, capturing the eyeRead more

When national politics becomes a local headache: Reviewing the 2019 local elections

Local elections often don’t capture the political imagination. Expectations are managed and met, spokespeople proclaim that there are nuanced or local factors at play to explain results, and then we return to the Westminster bubble. While some of this may be true in the 2019 local elections, the timing of the election and its scaleRead more

Brexit delayed

In the early hours of this morning it was confirmed that the United Kingdom will not leave the European Union on Friday. The remaining EU members states have granted the UK a six month extension to Article 50 to 31 October 2019 with minimal conditions attached. The strong indication is that a further extension willRead more

Blind faith or regulatory teeth: how can the UK’s regulators stop rising consumer bills?

For millions of consumers across the UK, the findings in this week’s report from the National Audit Office (NAO) would have come as no surprise. Faced with rising costs – resulting for many in rising debt levels – consumers are feeling the pinch in their pockets and an overwhelming feeling they are getting ripped off.Read more

Brexit: what happens next?

Last night Parliament overwhelmingly rejected the slightly revised Withdrawal Agreement put before them by Theresa May. The government was defeated by 149 votes, a narrower margin than the first meaningful vote (230) but still one of the largest defeats by any government in parliamentary history. The Attorney General’s legal opinion that ‘the legal risk remainsRead more