Reshuffle 2014: A new generation

Reshuffle 2014: A new generation

Yesterday’s reshuffle was always expected to be more substantial than the minor rejigs in 2012 and 2013, but the scale of change took everyone in Westminster by surprise.

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Black clouds gather over Westminster

Black clouds gather over Westminster

Shall we just admit it? Westminster life without Nigel Farage is just not as much fun, is it? Having stormed the European elections six weeks ago, he’s now having to spend at least some of his time back in Brussels, offering few juicy stories for the papers to drool over – for now at least. Much to the relief of the other party leaders, no doubt. So who can we count on to make political waves in the (inevitably) brief period of Farage-free air time? Read more

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The Road to 2015

The Road to 2015

In the shadow of the local and European elections Connect launched its new Road to 2015 General Election Service at a lively political soiree chaired by Connect Chief Executive, Gill Morris. Kevin Maguire (Associate Editor, Daily Mirror), Andy Sawford MP (Shadow Minister for Local Government), Michael Burrell (Chair APPC and Connect NED), Ruth Porter (Head of Economics & Social Policy, Policy Exchange), and Tom Mludzinski (Head of Political Polling at ComRes) debated, challenged and predicted in front of a packed audience in Westminster. Read more

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Queens Speech 2014: not-quite-a-zombie Parliament

Queens Speech 2014: not-quite-a-zombie Parliament

With a year to go until the general election and the Coalition Agreement all but exhausted, it was long predicted that this year’s Queen’s Speech would be light on content. Commentators and politicians alike have been predicting a ‘zombie’ Parliament, with limited legislation stretched to fill the long months before next May. Read more

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A few thoughts on Election 2014

A few thoughts on Election 2014

Six days after the polls closed and the dust is settling on a hectic weekend of triumph, heartbreak and wild predictions for 2015.

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Queen’s Speech

Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech in two weeks’ time will be notable for the absence of new legislation and lack of controversy.

With 11 months to the General Election, the political focus has resoundingly shifted from Westminster to Corby, Thurrock, Weaver Vale and the other swing seats that will define the 2015 story. While this was inevitable, speculation about next month’s Queen’s speech has still been notable by its absence.

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The end of private public affairs?

The end of private public affairs?

Here at Connect we have been turning our attention to 2015, not just what might happen politically, but what it might mean for the business of public affairs.

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The Water Bill – what next for the water sector?

The Water Bill – what next for the water sector?

The Water Bill is expected to complete its passage through Parliament this week after a remarkably smooth journey. Despite constituting the single biggest reform of the water industry since privatisation 25 years ago, the only strong point of contention has been the absence of a clause allowing existing companies to exit the new retail market. Now, following the Government’s decision at Report Stage to include retail exit, even this potential hurdle has fallen.

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When yes means no – for Cameron and Miliband

When yes means no – for Cameron and Miliband

The Sunday Herald has come out in favour of an independent Scotland. The polls are narrowing. And finally, senior civil servants have been scrambled by Ministers to grasp the constitutional implications of a Yes vote on the 18 September. Read more

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Budget Day

Budget Day

Connect Intelligence’s Budget 2014 briefing looks at the tough decisions that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has to make ahead of the statement that will be one of the last chances to deliver significant economic reform ahead of the next election.

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