The results are in, and the verdict is… good, but could do better

The results are in, and the verdict is… good, but could do better

This week the powerful Communities and Local Government Select Committee published its findings Devolution: the next five years and beyond after hearing evidence from a range of key devolution players including the interim Manchester mayor Tony Lloyd, Liverpool’s mighty mayor Joe Anderson, London’s Sir Eddie Lister, and Devo Minister James Wharton. What was the Committee’s verdict on the success of the Government’s devolution plans?
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James Noble
James Noble
The ‘devolution revolution’ cometh: post Spending Review analysis

The ‘devolution revolution’ cometh: post Spending Review analysis

The face of UK politics is changing dramatically. In 18 months’ time there will be at least five elected Northern Mayors representing 54% of the population of the north.

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Steve Barwick
Steve Barwick
A short guide Statutory Instruments and the Tax Credits vote

A short guide Statutory Instruments and the Tax Credits vote

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

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
A momentous decision has been made, or has it?

A momentous decision has been made, or has it?

When David Cameron commissioned Sir Howard Davies in 2012 he must have thought that 2015 seemed a long way away, and he may have imagined that it would be Ed Miliband making the decision on Heathrow expansion or he would at least have Liberal Democrats in his Government to blame for his hands being tied. Read more

Lora Shopova
Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown

According to the CBI 2014 Infrastructure survey, 96% of UK businesses believe that political uncertainty is a barrier to infrastructure investment and 93% assert that political rhetoric undermines investor confidence.

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Lessons from the Fabians: The problems run deeper than Ed

Lessons from the Fabians: The problems run deeper than Ed

Saturday saw the annual Fabian Conference take place and in amongst the panel sessions and policy discussions, a few important insights into the state of the Labour Party became clear.

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Chris Russell
Chris Russell
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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Steve Barwick
Steve Barwick
Labour’s National Policy Forum: A missed opportunity?

Labour’s National Policy Forum: A missed opportunity?

Ed Miliband is a man of surprises. Standing against his brother – and winning. Delivering his hour-long 2012 Conference speech without notes. Single-handedly changing the political agenda from the economy to the cost of living at Conference in 2013.

So what rabbit out of the hat will he pull in just 60 days in Manchester?

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Steve Barwick
Steve Barwick
Connect delivers ground-breaking low carbon vehicle conference

Connect delivers ground-breaking low carbon vehicle conference

On Tuesday, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) held its annual conference at BIS (the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) in the heart of Whitehall. Connect Communications worked with LowCVP to build an industry-leading event focusing on low carbon investment and how it will transform the automotive sector, drive growth, drive productivity and a reduce global carbon emissions.

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