Connect is often asked by our clients to explain parliamentary procedure and it does not get more complex than Statutory Instruments. We thought you might find this short primer useful to put the vote on changes to Tax Credits in the House of Lords in context. Read more
News that one of the Home Secretary’s closest advisers and a long-standing Conservative campaigner will leave the Home Office to campaign to leave the EU shows that Westminster insiders are already picking their sides. Stephen Parkinson, Theresa May’s longest-serving special adviser, will join Matthew Elliott and Dominic Cummings (former Gove SpAd) at Vote Leave – an offshoot of Business For Britain. For the campaign this is a prize hire – Parkinson has experience as the national organiser for the NO to AV campaign, served in CCHQ and in Lord Ashcroft’s target seat campaign. How long before others follow suit? Read more
Over the past three weeks the Connect team have been in Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester attending the first party conferences after the 2015 General Election. Our Conference Round-up reviews the conferences, gives our take on the mood, a review of the Leader’s Speeches, and a light-hearted look at the conference fringe. We have also included a summary of the party policies and key announcements, which should be a useful resource as you think about how to engage with the parties in the months and years ahead. Read more
With the announcement of an elected Mayor for Sheffield City Region, the second piece of the northern powerhouse jigsaw has been placed by Chancellor Osborne. After months of wrangling that led the Prime Minister to joke that councils in Yorkshire couldn’t get their act together, the Sheffield City Region brings together Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham with Sheffield itself, in a partnership that will take control of significant powers and funding for transport, housing, planning and skills. Read more
Zac Goldsmith has today been selected by the overwhelming majority of London’s Conservatives to fight to keep City Hall blue in 2016. With 70% of the vote, Zac comfortably saw off competition from Syed Kamall, Stephen Grenhalgh and Andrew Boff.
Sadiq won the contest to be Labour’s candidate for London Mayor by a clear margin today. He is a very smart, thoroughly decent guy who will make a good Mayor, if he can beat the Tory’s likely candidate, Zac Goldsmith. Here are three quick thoughts on today’s result. Read more
UK politics is changing. Further devolution is in George Osborne’s back pocket following a flurry of submissions to the Treasury by last Friday’s deadline. We will now see some clever manoeuvres and deals struck before announcements in the Chancellor’s Spending Review on 25 November. He will get his wish to go beyond Devo-Manc and make huge strides towards not only the creation of the Northern Powerhouse, but also to devolve powers to many county areas and city regions outside the North.
A number of factors are propelling Jeremy Corbyn towards success in his Labour leadership bid. So what started as an attempt to shake up Labour’s policy orthodoxy – an accommodation with austerity – looks increasingly likely to result in outright victory for Corbyn’s anti-austerity pitch. Read more