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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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