PM focuses on housing and cost of living for his relaunch

By Chris White The Prime Minister sought to set aside the political challenges facing his premiership this afternoon with a major speech on plans to alleviate the cost-of-living crisis and help more people onto the housing ladder.  Ahead of the speech, the RAC was among dozens of organisations calling for the government to do more…

Wounded and weakened PM faces uncertain political future

By Robyn Evans It was a momentous first day back at Westminster after recess and the long bank holiday weekend as Boris Johnson narrowly survived a vote of no confidence among Conservative MPs last night, following weeks of speculation over his future. The Prime Minister was backed by 211 votes to 148 in the ballot,…

Political sleaze is back, and it’s bad news for the Government

By Harry Brown Once again, the Government has faced a wave of negative headlines regarding Conservative MPs behaviour.  The chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris started an investigation on Tuesday night after a female Conservative MP reported that she had allegedly seen a male counterpart watching pornography on his phone in the House of Commons. This comes…

Boris Johnson – Life in the fast lane

By David Scane The moment Northern Ireland Secretary, Brandon Lewis, went on breakfast television this morning to cheerily compare a fine for breeching lockdown rules to receiving a parking ticket, was the moment that something in the Prime Minister’s past was bound to come back to haunt him.  So, it transpires that in his 2007…

Spring Statement Preview 

By William Neale  During this morning’s media round, Business Minister Paul Scully explained that the Chancellor recognises “there are a lot of headwinds people are facing”. Ahead of tomorrow’s Spring Statement, the Chancellor once again finds himself constrained by massive political and economic challenges.   Rishi Sunak, who keeps a photograph of Nigel Lawson on his…

Is the Government set to ‘level down’ higher education?

By James Surallie Education, Education, Education. The words drilled into me as a child as the key to unlocking a world of possibilities were also used by former Prime Minister Tony Blair at the 1996 Labour Party Conference to set out his main priority if he were to enter No 10. Since this speech, and…

The Energy Independence Plan – what we know so far

By Imogen Shaw During yesterday’s PMQs, the Prime Minister reiterated his promise that a new Energy Independence Plan is imminent – most media reports are suggesting that it could come as soon as next week, although it is possible that disagreements on policy direction within the Cabinet could result in the release of the plan…

Trade Tuesday: The ‘Special Relationship’

For #TradeTuesday, in honour of Valentine’s Day, we took a look at one of the most well-known political relationships, the so-called ‘Special Relationship’ between the UK and the US. Peter Tulupman from SEC Newgate US explains the US’ approach to trade with its partner across the Atlantic When it comes to international politics, the USA…