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by Fiona O'Donnell MP / 07 Mar 2014 11:01
Saturday 8th March 2014 marks International Women’s Day and women, and even some men, will want to mark it in some way. In Westminster MPs took part in debates highlighting the different conditions that women live and work under in different parts of the globe: a debate in Westminster Hall focussed on women in business while the main Commons chamber debated the security and rights of women in Afghanistan. Over 100 years have passed since
by Josh Zitser / 25 Feb 2014 13:57
"Under a recently announced scheme, low-income Conservative parliamentary candidates could be offered bursaries of up to £25,000 to help them win their seats. This extra funding accounts for about 63% of the costs needed to run a successful campaign. The aim of the scheme, therefore, seems to be to help those who are struggling financially to rise, regardless of their socioeconomic position, to the upper echelons of the party.
David Skelton, founder of Renewal –
by Sean Kippin / 25 Feb 2014 10:47
In a recent article for the Labour modernisers’ house journal, Progress, the blogger and former Labour Party staffer Hopi Sen commented on the growing consensus within and without the Conservative Party that a Tory loss at the 2015 General Election would trigger the end of David Cameron’s leadership. This may not be set in stone, but it is clear that a post-Downing Street Cameron would find it very difficult to lead his party
by Sean Kippin and Richard Berry / 29 Jan 2014 17:47
Since the implementation of the 2010 Wright Committee reforms, it has become an established fact of political life that select committees have become more visible and powerful. The reforms established elections for the members, and crucially, chairs, of committees for the first time. The way committees work is to listen to evidence from witnesses, who then inform the findings of their inquiries on policy areas across Government.
But who are these witnesses? While many are
by Nick Pickles / 27 Jan 2014 11:12
A serious debate about surveillance then isn’t about shutting down the agencies or stopping surveillance. It is, however, essential to protecting our digital economy and our leadership on internet issues around the world.
Indeed, to justify inaction on the grounds that we may not have the worst oversight regime is missing the point. Trust is essential to foreign policy and digital businesses that have customers around the globe. The Snowden revelations have shone a
by Jane Roberts / 20 Jan 2014 13:38
Just as The Marmot Review demonstrated with compelling evidence that socio-economic inequalities have a very significant effect on the health outcomes of the population, recent analysis has suggested that as little as 20% of the influences on health are to do with clinical care. Yes, as low as 20%. Health behaviours account for 30% of influences and the physical environment for 10%, with socioeconomic factors having the largest impact on health at 40%. Even if
by Sean Kippin / 09 Jan 2014 16:19
What lies behind Ed Balls’ recent display of niceness towards the Liberal Democrats? The recent softening of tone when senior Labour figures discuss the Party, and vice versa, suggests a deliberate strategy on both sides to avoid pre-emptively burn bridges between the two parties. In advance of potential negotiations in the wake of another hung parliament after the 2015 election, this is probably wise.
While the prospect of a Lab-Lib coalition would have been
by Jenny Watson / 09 Jan 2014 12:18
Electoral fraud is a serious issue. There is no evidence that it is widespread in the UK, but where it does happen electoral fraud has the potential to undermine public confidence. And the truth is our elections are run on a system of trust that is fundamentally the same as it was in the 19th century.
During our consultation we asked 'is our trust-based electoral system sustainable?' The answer that came back, following several months
by Anoosh Chakelian / 08 Jan 2014 13:20
What do opposing politicians do when they return energised from their Christmas hols and face each other hungrily across the despatch box for the first time in weeks, following days of party-political potshots about extreme flooding, the cuts and our PM's hair (or, in time, scalp) stylist?
They talk about the weather, of course!
In a particularly subdued edition of our weekly political knockabout, PMQs, neither Punch nor Judy were anywhere to be seen as
by David Frost / 07 Jan 2014 15:39
I am lucky enough to represent the industry that produces one of the United Kingdom’s most successful and iconic products - Scotch whisky. The Scotch industry is that rare thing - an industry steeped in history, but thoroughly modern in outlook, and with a positive future. It contributes around £4 billion to the UK’s balance of trade and supports 35,000 jobs.
So why does the Government want to tax it so much?