2019: So, what happens next?

Bandwidth problem A cross-party group of MPs recently warned that Brexit was “sucking the life” out of Theresa’s May government. They are right: this week David Lidington, May’s de facto deputy PM, is tasked with finding policies that can be ditched so government and the civil service can focus on no deal planning. Escalating fearsRead more

GE2017 battlegrounds: Can the Liberal Democrats bounce back in its traditional south west heartlands?

This is the fourth and final part of our blog series examining key battlegrounds in the 2017 General Election. Access the first, second and third parts here, here and here. Can the Liberal Democrats bounce back in its traditional south west heartlands, despite their pro-Remain stance? Much of the analysis of a Liberal Democrat revival so far has focusedRead more

GE2017 battlegrounds: Will the Liberal Democrats sweep up ‘Remain’ seats?

This is the third part of our blog series examining key battlegrounds in the 2017 General Election. Access the first and second parts here and here. Will the Liberal Democrats sweep up ‘Remain’ seats? It is little surprise that the Liberal Democrats are pursuing an election campaign focused purely on opposing Brexit. As the only UK-wide party unambiguously opposedRead more

GE2017 battlegrounds: Will unionist voters in Scotland vote tactically for the Conservative Party?

This is the second part of our blog series examining key battlegrounds in the 2017 General Election. If you’ve missed the first part of the series, it can be accessed here.  Will unionist voters in Scotland vote tactically for the Conservative Party? Having nearly swept the board in Scotland at the 2015 General Election, the SNP willRead more

GE2017 battlegrounds: How many Labour seats will the Conservative Party pick up?

In reality a general election is never one contest. Within any one election there are always a series of battles – different trends and patterns replicated across the country, with some trends bucked on a constituency-by-constituency basis. While headline opinion poll figures provide a useful indication of the direction of travel and momentum, it isRead more

General Election 2017: Who will the candidates be?

With current polling suggesting that the Conservative Party will win a significant number of seats at this General Election, the question on everyone’s minds is who will this new intake of MPs be? The selection process  The relatively short time scales and the unexpected timing of the election, mean that the defining characteristic of theRead 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

Here we go again

The collective sigh that went up in all corners of the Westminster Village on Tuesday morning was audible, like the last breaths of air escaping an already deflated balloon. The prospect of another popular vote so hot on the heels of the last is a wearying one. The current crop of MPs face returning toRead more