As the longest election campaign in UK political history finally draws to a close it is hard to remember a time when there was not an election underway. Read more
With the end of this closely-fought election campaign in sight, Charles Pitt asks what parliament might look like after May 7th.
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There is little more than a week to go until the General Election and we’ve now had all of the manifestos from the major parties. There were few big surprises.
Connect has trawled through all of the manifestos to pull out the key election pledges that could shape the next government and put them together in one handy place – whether it’s to see which policies might affect your business, or just to help you decide which party to vote for next Thursday, our handy guide is an essential pre-election read. Read more
Connect Account Manager David Button writes for PubAffairs on the week’s developments as manifestos are published, interviews and debates take place, and we learn that Geography isn’t some people’s strong suit. The original article can be found here.
50 days to go until the Election and we have the final Budget of the Coalition. For all the speculation of whether the Chancellor would stand by his ‘no gimmicks, no giveaways’ stance, a complete absence of rabbits means that those hoping to make money from copyrights of rabbit photographs will not benefit from this Budget. However, many on the lowest incomes, we’re told, will. So close to the election this had to be a Budget for everyone, which ultimately meant it was a little boring, aside from George Osborne’s superb joke about Ed Miliband’s fridges. Read more
The Liberal Democrat Spring Conference 2015 took place in Liverpool this week and it was definitely one for the core. I attended what was a quiet, muted conference on behalf of Connect and came away worried for the future of the party I notionally support, and bemused by the slightly bizarre conference rally.
The manifesto of the All Party Parliamentary Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Group – Devolution for Prosperity – was launched in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday. Connect has been proud to provide the secretariat to the group for over two years, and we’re delighted to have supported the group to produce and launch the manifesto.
For those of us working in public affairs the long election campaign has become all consuming. But beyond the endless speculation about the result, what are the best agencies and in-house practitioners doing to make the most of a year immersed in political events? We are in uncharted territory: the fixed-term parliament act and the emergence of minor parties has changed the shape of how we work. The main parties are holding back their headline policies, no longer under pressure to be ready for a snap election. And as most pollsters assume that no one party will form new a government, attention is focused as much on future coalition talks as the contest itself. And yet there are still causes that need advancing, policies that need to be promoted and politicians that we want to engage. Read more
The ‘long campaign’ is less than three weeks old now (less if we exclude the Christmas break) but already we’re beginning to see what the next four months are going to look like. It’s only going to get more petty from here folks. Here’s what you might have missed as you were catching up on emails at the beginning of the week. Read more