WA’s political highlights (and lowlights) of 2016

2016 has, at times, been stranger than fiction. Not only has it meant that the WA team has been kept on their toes providing insight and analysis of developments to our clients, but it has also been hugely entertaining as a spectator sport. As we approach the end of what has been an incredible 12Read more

Week in Westminster: Settling down to business

With Wednesday’s Queen’s Speech confirming the new government’s legislative programme, there has been a sense of a return to business in Westminster this week. Understandably, the contents of the first Conservative Queen’s Speech for nearly two decades has been the focus of attention over the past few days. Whilst there were few genuine surprises –Read more

Labour’s manifesto launched with fiscal responsibility front and centre

This morning Labour launched their manifesto – available to read here. We will of course be poring over the details and sharing our detailed thoughts in due course. At this stage the key development to highlight is a commitment to fiscal responsibility front and centre on the first page.  Labour are committing themselves to aRead more

Building blocs

With the political opinion polls showing that a hung parliament is a near certainty after the election, the UK’s minor parties are enjoying unprecedented attention from the media and voters alike. Each of the parties is making the most of the limelight, touting policies designed to lure voters away from the Conservatives and/or Labour. WhilstRead more

Follow the leader: Rules for party leadership elections

David Cameron’s announcement that he wouldn’t serve a third term makes the front pages of most of the newspapers today, and on Buzzfeed Lib Dem Secretary of State Vince Cable has heaped scorn on former party president Tim Farron’s leadership ambitions. Whatever the outcome of the general election at least one, and very possibly two, of the threeRead more

What makes good public affairs this year?

We were delighted to co-host an event with ComRes today on what the polls are telling us, and what it means for public affairs.  ComRes took everyone through the latest predictions on the general election outcome, and I gave a presentation on what we at Westminster Advisers think good public affairs looks like this year. Read more

Managing Political Risk

Managing Political Risk – a collection of essays on what 2015 will mean for public affairs. Firstly let me wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I hope everyone is safely back from the festive season refreshed and renewed for what is certain to be an exciting year in British politics. The result of the general electionRead more