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

Coup on ice

Accepting to take child refugees from Europe, a “pausing” of the junior doctors’ contract and a climb-down on forced academisation of schools – a trio of U-turns in the space of a week that has left the Government somewhat bruised, but by no means scarred. What is most striking from these climb-downs is the repeatedRead more

AFTER THE KEN & BORIS SHOW

May’s London mayoral election feels slightly strange. Without the names Ken or Boris on the City Hall ballot, the mayoralty has the sense of entering a new era. Whilst Goldsmith and Khan arguably lack their predecessors’ personas, 2016’s mayoral race shouldn’t be any less intriguing. In their own right, both Zac and Sadiq are interestingRead 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

2016 in politics

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

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

Kicking off 2016

Kicking off 2016, the Prime Minister’s New Year message centred on reiterating the government’s one-nation aspirations, once again highlighting that the current Conservative leadership is targeting the centre-ground of British politics. In part it was a message designed to reassure that Cameron’s administration retains a purpose – ‘social renewal’ – and a drive – ‘weRead more