Elections and other serious business

Elections and other serious business

Connect Account Director Charles Pitt writes for PubAffairs on the week’s developments, including elections, the Housing and Planning Bill and Wednesday’s PMQs. The original article can be found here.

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Charles Pitt
Budget 2016: Connect’s Budget Briefing

Budget 2016: Connect’s Budget Briefing

With the EU Referendum looming and Conservative divisions playing out daily in the media and Parliament, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne faces a real challenge to grab the headlines with this Budget.

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Implications for business of Brexit  – British exit from the EU following the 23rd June referendum

Implications for business of Brexit – British exit from the EU following the 23rd June referendum

There will be huge implications for business if Britain exits from the EU following the 23rd June referendum.

The date has been set, the main political players have chosen sides, and the opinion polls are volatile. The outcome of the referendum vote is very unpredictable at this stage and UK businesses should start to prepare. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
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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Headlines, puns and infighting

Headlines, puns and infighting

Connect Account Manager James Moseley writes for PubAffairs on the week’s developments as Jeremy Corbyn talks Trident and the Falklands, Parliament debates Donald Trump, and infighting spreads through the Leave campaign and Labour HQ. The original article can be found here.

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Labour’s reshuffle debacle points to worrying signs for party’s image

Labour’s reshuffle debacle points to worrying signs for party’s image

Labour needs to learn lessons from its high-profile shadow cabinet reshuffle this week, writes former Labour MP and shadow minister turned PR Andy Sawford. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Should Prince Charles be on the Lobbying Register?

Should Prince Charles be on the Lobbying Register?

The short answer to this intentionally provocative question is probably ‘no’. It is right that the Prince of Wales, as heir to the throne, is kept informed about the business of government. Read more

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Labour’s ‘free vote’ on Syria

Labour’s ‘free vote’ on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn has backed down from imposing a three-line Whip on Labour MPs over Syria. He may have been impressed by the argument that MPs should be able to vote with their conscience, or perhaps struck by the potential hypocrisy, having spent thirty years defying the Whip. But what is more likely is that Corbyn stepped back from the abyss when it became clear that he would face resignations from the frontbench. Labour MPs will now be given a ‘free vote’. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
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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Fireworks in the Parliamentary Labour Party

Fireworks in the Parliamentary Labour Party

In a move that resembles the kind of intra-institutional power playing that takes place inside the Chinese Communist Party or the Vatican City, moderate Labour MPs have pulled off quite a coup today. Read more

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