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    UK expertise on health security could be a strong card in the Brexit negotiations – but few seem to realise

UK expertise on health security could be a strong card in the Brexit negotiations – but few seem to realise

Little public attention has been given to the impact of Brexit on management of cross-border threats within the EU and to the implications for the UK’s influence on relevant EU policy-making, explains John Connolly. He concludes that although this hasn’t been a matter for the negotiations so far, it will be good for it to be raised before […]

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    Three challenges Labour must grapple with before it can deliver a progressive majority

Three challenges Labour must grapple with before it can deliver a progressive majority

Charlie Cadywould writes about the long-term demographic issues that divide Britain and explains how they may impact on the Labour vote as we head into the middle decades of the twenty-first century.

Just a few weeks ago, British progressives were still in a sombre mood about their future. With a landslide for Theresa May an apparent certainty, Labour looking […]

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    From Westminster to Stormont: forty years of failed housing policies

From Westminster to Stormont: forty years of failed housing policies

Public housing has always been financially sustainable – it is political choices over the past forty years that have sought to undermine social tenure, writes Stewart Smyth. He explains how housing policy has evolved in Northern Ireland and makes the case for a new approach.

It was a tragic and unwelcome co-incidence to launch a report about public housing in […]

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    “All that is solid…”: the destructive tendencies of the Conservative Party

“All that is solid…”: the destructive tendencies of the Conservative Party

Is there a winning future for the Conservatives? Tom Barker and Conor Farrington outline the party’s recent history and find that it has often demonstrated a careless approach to institutions and objectives it has otherwise claimed to champion. For there to be a winning future, the Conservatives must seek to genuinely rebuild, rather than merely pay lip-service to, a One […]

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    The Remainers who now chair select committees will harry the government over Brexit

The Remainers who now chair select committees will harry the government over Brexit

The new cohort of select committee chairs will be scrutinising the work of a weakened government, write Mark Goodwin, Stephen Bates and Marc Geddes. Nine of the 28 are women, reflecting the advantage female MPs enjoy when they stand for committee elections. The current line-up also includes some well-known figures who have clashed with their party leaderships, creating an intriguing […]

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    Protecting even prime ministers from themselves: Why fixed-term parliaments seem a good idea

Protecting even prime ministers from themselves: Why fixed-term parliaments seem a good idea

Government runs roughshod over Parliament, as the 2017 election demonstrates. But the Fixed-term Parliaments Act remains on the statute book. Graham Allen and Andrew Blick explain what improvements can be made to the law and the democratic motivations behind them.

Whether one extracts pleasure, dismay or bewilderment from the result of the recent General Election, certain observations are clear. While […]

Why Theresa May’s gamble at the polls failed

What was the impact of Brexit on the 2017 general election result? What difference did the collapse of UKIP make? And what was the relative importance of factors such as turnout, education, age, and ethnic diversity on support for the two main parties? In a new article forthcoming in Political Quarterly, Oliver Heath and Matthew Goodwin answer these questions.

Theresa May’s […]

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    Scots are not becoming more conservative: three factors behind the Tory ‘revival’ in North East Scotland

Scots are not becoming more conservative: three factors behind the Tory ‘revival’ in North East Scotland

Twenty years after losing all of their Scottish seats, the 2017 general election gave 13 MPs to the Conservatives. Was that because Scotland is becoming more conservative? The factors behind the revival look to be more Unionist than conservative, explains Malcolm Harvey, with Indyref2, Brexit, and SNP’s governing competence being the most significant.

One of the remarkable stories of the 2017 […]

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