Balancing the boardroom – risks from corporate governance reform

Although a central factor to business’ success or failure, the issue of corporate governance has not historically tended to excite great passions amongst policymakers beyond the usual party-political posturing. However, over the past two years it has become a more contested area of reform, with a rash of policy proposals from both sides that willRead more

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

Factions of the Labour Party

As the party creeps ahead in the polls, investors are assessing the likelihood of a Labour government being elected at the next general election, and what it might mean for future investment decisions and their current portfolios. When analysing the likely direction of party policy and its impact on investments it is important to understandRead 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

Labour: A party under siege

As an indication of the situation Labour finds itself in, YouGov’s latest poll makes for grim reading. In Wales and the West Midlands, traditionally a Labour heartland, the party is 12 points behind the Conservatives. More broadly, the opposition now sits 24 points behind the government. Labour appears to be a party increasingly under siege.Read 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

An unexpected journey: Article 50 to visit the Houses of Parliament

By a majority of eight to three, the Supreme Court today ruled that an Act of Parliament is required to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The ruling is significant, if not entirely unexpected, and provides a hurdle that the Prime Minister will now have toRead more

Thorns in a rose: Beyond Corbyn?

81 per cent of Labour MPs have no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn, his shadow cabinet is depleted and under-resourced following 52 resignations, and the SNP are demanding to be recognised as the official opposition. Yet Corbyn lives on. Strong in the belief of his mandate, weak everywhere else. An official leadership challenge is expected soonRead more