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

Lora Shopova
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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Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt
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

Lora Shopova
The Next Shadow Chancellor: Slim Pickings for a Tough Position

The Next Shadow Chancellor: Slim Pickings for a Tough Position

Jeremy Corbyn is storming ahead in the Labour leadership opinion polls. But little attention has been paid to the question of who is likely to be the long-term replacement to Ed Balls as Shadow Chancellor.

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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
Connect’s 2015 Queen’s Speech Briefing

Connect’s 2015 Queen’s Speech Briefing

The 2015 Queen’s Speech and State Opening of Parliament will take place on Wednesday 27 May 2015. It is David Cameron’s fifth Queen’s Speech as Prime Minister but the first wholly Conservative Queen’s Speech since John Major’s final Parliament as Prime Minister in October 1996. Connect’s Queen’s Speech Briefing sets out some of the Bills that could be included as well as any potential barriers to their becoming law. Read more

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