Autumn Statement 2014 – what can we expect?

Autumn Statement 2014 – what can we expect?

George Osborne will use his Autumn Statement to announce a number of new spending commitments ahead of next year’s election. However, with reports suggesting that Government borrowing between April and October increased by £3.7 billion compared to last year, on the back of lower than expected tax returns, the Chancellor’s room for manoeuvre is limited.

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Lora Shopova
Can Labour capture the rural vote?

Can Labour capture the rural vote?

Connect Chief Executive Gill Morris was a panellist at the Countryside Alliance’s Labour Party fringe meeting on Labour and the rural vote. This blog is based on her opening comments.

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Lora Shopova
It’s a no! But is this the beginning of a federal United Kingdom?

It’s a no! But is this the beginning of a federal United Kingdom?

What a result, what a campaign. It’s already become a cliché to say that the Union has changed forever despite the result but let’s examine the five things that will change now the votes have been counted.

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The big six questions which may or may not be answered at Labour Party Conference next week

The big six questions which may or may not be answered at Labour Party Conference next week

Ahead of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester next week, Connect’s Steve Barwick looks at the big six questions which may or may not be answered.

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Lora Shopova
Referendum Reverberations – Whether it’s a Yes or a No

Referendum Reverberations – Whether it’s a Yes or a No

The second and final televised debate on the Scottish Independence referendum ended with press and polls declaring Alex Salmond the winner. The truth may be more complicated; the long-term victor depends not on how Scotland votes, but on what happens in the months following that vote. Read more

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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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