Cautiously carrying on

With Conservative Party conference over, focus returns to Westminster, and to Brexit. And UK business leaders are becoming increasingly concerned. Stanford and Nottingham universities have teamed up over the past year, with the help of the Bank of England, to track the views of 2,500 chief executives and chief financial officers towards Brexit negotiations. TheyRead more

Back in session: May’s revamp

Parliament has returned from recess and with it so has politics as usual. But the “status quo” of politics is problematic: a minority government, a divided opposition, and a Brexit coloured background. Theresa May has survived the summer too and, considering some coverage in the wake of the election result, this is an achievement. NowRead more

Predicting a General Election: A Science or an Art?

Predicting a General Election: A Science or an Art? At 10pm on the 8th June, the BBC will announce the outcome of their general election exit poll, widely recognised as a likely indication of how the electoral map will look the following morning. Political pundits, media outlets and even your next-door neighbour will likely allRead more

Brexit means Brexit: What impact will the general election have on the UK’s exit from the EU?

No sooner had Theresa May called for a snap election than pundits began offering diametrically opposed interpretations of what it means for Brexit. What commentators forgot in the immediate aftermath of the announcement is that May is a careful, methodical and consistent politician. Her vision of what Brexit looks like was mapped out in herRead more

By-elections: what do they really tell us?

The importance of parliamentary by-elections can often be exaggerated by those observing – and winning – them. In reality, while the results can dominate news headlines for 24 hours, their longer term implications are usually more limited and they rarely fundamentally alter the political landscape. The leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron claimed atRead more

To Brexit and Beyond

Theresa May’s Brexit speech earlier today is arguably the most important political speech in recent history. Following months of speculation and no-end of advice from businesses, lobby groups and commentators, the PM has set out the government’s objectives for the UK’s negotiations regarding its withdrawal from the EU. Given the extensive pre-briefing to the media,Read more

Academies for all?

Michael Gove was no stranger to controversy during his time as Education Secretary. The debate on education policy over the last few months suggests that his successor, Nicky Morgan, may prove to be equally divisive. Most recently, government policy on academies has proved particularly contentious. Yet, in reality, apparent government backtracking may turn out toRead more

Conservative roundtable series – Alan Mak MP

Westminster Advisers was delighted to be joined by Conservative MP Alan Mak MP on Thursday 25th February, in the latest in our series of events examining the Conservative party in government. This was a chance to consider the Conservative Party’s 2015 intake of MPs, what they’re like, and how they’re likely to behave. With manyRead more