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
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
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
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.
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.