November 28, 2019 Charles Cummins

The Scottish National Party published their 2019 Election Manifesto on Wednesday. The manifesto includes pledges to: fight for a second independence referendum in Scotland, support a second EU referendum with Remain on the ballot paper, call on the UK government to match Scottish per capita NHS spending, demand an end to austerity, call for the…

November 25, 2019 Charles Cummins

The Conservative Party published their 2019 Election Manifesto on Sunday, alongside a document providing costings of their manifesto policies, mirroring similar documents published by the Lib Dems and Labour. The manifesto includes pledges to raise the National Insurance threshold to £9,500 in 2020, with an ambition to raise it further to £12,500, rules out any…

November 21, 2019 Charles Cummins

Labour have published their General Election manifesto, titled ‘It’s Time for Real Change’, and a ‘manifesto costings summary’ setting out their spending plans and how they will afford to fund their proposed policies, such as through reversing cuts to corporation tax and also taxing multinationals. Their manifesto includes pledges to launch a Green Industrial Revolution,…

November 20, 2019 Charles Cummins

The Lib Dem’s have published their General Election manifesto entitled ‘Stop Brexit: Build a Brighter Future’ and a ‘manifesto costings summary’ setting out their spending plans and where they predict the additional Government income required to pay for their proposals will come from, which includes a £50m ‘Remain Bonus’ dependent on the UK not leaving…

October 24, 2019 Andrew Niblett

Headline Summary The 2011 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (FTPA) requires the support of 434 MPs for an early General Election to be granted, which Boris Johnson failed to achieve twice since becoming Prime Minister. An extension to Article 50 will almost certainly to be granted in the coming days, and the structure of this extension will…

October 16, 2019 Kerrie O'Flynn

The Queen’s Speech saw the return of the Environmental Bill, a flagship bill which seeks to build a domestic framework for environmental governance and protections after the UK withdraws from the EU. A draft version of the Bill was first published in December 2018 and many of the measures, shaped by public consultations, have been…

October 10, 2019 Charles Cummins

Social media, Twitter in particular, is an incredible tool for political monitoring companies like ours. It presents us with huge amounts of data on what politicians are up to, what they’re thinking and what they’re planning, often in real time. It also alerts us to the latest political developments sometimes hours ahead of any Government…

October 4, 2019 Charles Cummins

We were left in no doubt about the Government’s main message at the Conservative Party Conference this year – Get Brexit Done. It was plastered everywhere so you literally couldn’t miss it. But behind the slogans and traditional party rhetoric from the podium, were a number of policy announcement and re-announcements in the spirit of…

June 4, 2019 Kerrie O'Flynn

Tory leadership contestant Rory Stewart has recently pitched his solution to the Brexit gridlock – a 500 strong Citizens’ Assembly which will make an informed assessment of the Brexit landscape and report back to Parliament with recommendations on a way forward. This is a welcome suggestion and one that I have heard before. But when…