WA long read: What’s on the horizon for 2018

2017 was a political rollercoaster – a (surprise) snap general election, an even more surprising result, the formation of a Tory-DUP confidence and supply arrangement, the rise of Corbyn-mania, and sexual harassment scandals that shook all political parties in Westminster and across the devolved assemblies. To say that 2018 will be a less tumultuous yearRead more

Industrial Strategy: big vision and Grand Challenges but does the policy match the ambition?

It was long (nearly 250 pages), at times repetitive and much of the content was either announced at the Budget or is a restatement of existing policies or strategies. But the Government’s long awaited Industrial Strategy was nevertheless one of the most significant documents published by Theresa May’s Government to date. This is, first andRead more

The Autumn Budget 2017 Rumour Mill – What’s in and what’s out?

To add to a politically tumultuous 2017, in less than three weeks we have the second Budget of the year. The six months since the spring Budget have witnessed enormous political upheaval. The Conservatives have lost their majority, the Brexit negotiations are stuck in deadlock and the Prime Minster has been fundamentally weakened. The post-mortemRead more

Place your bets: Government consults on gambling reforms

And they’re off! Shares in the gambling sector have rallied, following the publication of the government’s long-awaited recommendation on gambling yesterday.  Investors across the sector have responded to an apparent decision by government to kick a reform of the gambling industry in to the long grass, following the launch of a further consultation on fixed-oddsRead more

The Big Idea

The Tories have a problem. Since the bruising General Election in June, they have failed to convince voters on their domestic policy agenda. Polling this month has found a collapse in approval towards May’s meritocratic vision, management of public services and budgeting of the NHS. On such key policy areas, Corbyn is now the favouredRead more

Labour pains: what is business’ relationship with the party of opposition now?

On the ground at Labour conference, there is a sense that the political environment has shifted. In the initial years of the Corbyn leadership, business previously approached the Labour Party with a sense of bemusement. While the mood here in Brighton is still one of uncertainty at what the future holds and how seriously theRead more

Your guide to Labour Party Conference

Here is the absolute definitive guide to this year’s Labour Party Conference in Brighton. Covering all the spills, thrills, tortuous agonising over party process, and what exactly is likely to cause the biggest row. In The Loop The most important thing to remember at conference is that while the Party’s more loyal foot soldiers willRead more

Is anyone listening? Liberal Democrat Party Conference 2017

Liberal Democrat delegates gathered in Bournemouth in mixed spirits last weekend (16-19 September). While they regained some of their big names at the election in June, they had higher hopes than going from nine to twelve MPs. They started the election hoping to be the voice of Remainers, the 48 per cent, and called themselvesRead more