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

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

A year on from the indyref; can the bubble burst?

As we approach the anniversary of the Scottish Referendum on Friday attention turns on how Scottish politics has changed in twelve short months and how the rise of the SNP, and the demise of Labour, looks a trend that is likely to continue. In the Scottish Government’s recently announced programme for this session there wasRead more

Austerity economics? The rhetoric and reality of public spending after the election

Earlier this week Westminster Advisers were delighted to host a breakfast event with Chris Giles, the Financial Times’ Economics Editor, to consider the reality behind the political rhetoric on public spending and fiscal policy. With the election now just six weeks away, the two main parties’ campaigns are increasingly focusing on the central issue ofRead 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

Britain’s developing multi-party state

The outcome of the 2015 General Election is fast becoming the most unpredictable to call for a generation. The trend away from the UK’s traditional two-party system (dominated by the Conservatives and Labour) appears set to continue. Whilst Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll – published earlier this week – clearly makes for uncomfortable reading for LabourRead more

Open season 2014 – an analysis of party conference fringe

As politicos pack their bags for party conference season, Westminster Advisers has again put together some light reading on the most popular politicians and policy debates at this year’s conference fringes.  You can take a look at the report here. As always, the fringes are a snapshot of the issues that are front of mindRead more