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

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