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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Who’s in the frame? The shape of the Northern powerhouse is on its way

Who’s in the frame? The shape of the Northern powerhouse is on its way

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

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Zac Goldsmith selected as Conservative Mayoral candidate

Zac Goldsmith selected as Conservative Mayoral candidate

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.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s new team

Jeremy Corbyn’s new team

Jeremy Corbyn has now appointed his full Shadow Cabinet, started developing policies and begun leading Labour’s response to the Government in Parliament.

Click here to download Connect’s analysis of the new Shadow Cabinet. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Sadiq Khan’s team and policies

Sadiq Khan’s team and policies

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

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
English Devolution – Contradictions and controversies, but a clear direction of travel

English Devolution – Contradictions and controversies, but a clear direction of travel

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.

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Lora Shopova
Back to School

Back to School

Parliament is back next week for two weeks before MPs and Peers (alongside with plenty of lobbyists) head off to the Party Conferences. Connect’s Melanie Pope looks at what to expect in the coming weeks and months… Read more

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Why Corbyn is winning and what it means for public affairs

Why Corbyn is winning and what it means for public affairs

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

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