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

Unlocking a legacy

Earlier this week, Cameron became the first Prime Minister for 20 years to give a speech solely devoted to the subject of prisons. That fact alone marks his comments out as important. However, for those looking at the direction the Conservatives are travelling, it was the content, in addition to the subject Cameron was addressing,Read more

The Carter Review: Does the NHS know the price of everything but the value of nothing?

The long-awaited, and heavily trailed, Carter Review into productivity in English acute hospitals was finally published last Friday. After eighteen months of research the report sets out its findings on inefficiencies and variations across all resource areas in the acute sector, including in terms of costs, hours of care per patient day and stockholding days,Read 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

A look ahead: politics and policy in 2016

2015 was not your average year in politics. The first Tory majority for 23 years, the rise and rise of the SNP, and a truly extraordinary Labour leadership contest kept Westminster watchers entertained. 2016 may be slightly calmer, but barely so. We face a probable European referendum, elections in May bringing a new London mayor,Read more