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

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

Still clinging on – Welsh Labour and the 2016 elections

Last Thursday wasn’t a particularly good day for anyone in Wales describing themselves as a centrist. The Welsh Assembly elections saw Labour fall short of an overall majority by two seats, suffering the shock loss of its Rhondda seat to Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood. On the other end of the spectrum, the elections sawRead more

The much anticipated debate: what does it all mean?

After months of dither, negotiations, excuses and concessions the TV debate which many thought would never happen has finally arrived. Despite low expectations about the benefits of a debate involving seven party leaders with the possible ‘winner’ being somebody that the majority of the electorate can’t even vote for; there is still a chance thatRead more

Confidence and supply is coming

It’s become a truism in British politics that the upcoming election is too close to call. The vast majority of the respected political commentators are in agreement that the polls are presenting too mixed a picture to make any meaningful predictions about the outcome in May, and therefore the shape and programme of the nextRead more

Politics 2014: the rising chances of a minority government, a quick review of the year from Westminster Advisers

First of all, Happy Christmas from all of us at Westminster Advisers. Secondly, we thought you might appreciate our end-of-the-year analysis of how politics has changed in 2014. We’ve found this year the most fascinating in our careers, and we’d like to tell you why: because we’ve experienced a big underlying shift in politics, whichRead more