Party politics and elections

Assessing David Cameron’s legacy

David Cameron’s political career was cut short by last year’s dramatic Brexit vote. Chris Byrne, Nick Randall and Kevin Theakston look back on his time in office, and how the history books will judge him. 

For David Cameron 2017 will be a year of ‘exciting new challenges’. Chief among these will be joining the after dinner speaking circuit of former prime ministers and […]

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    The use of ID in polling stations is a risky reform when millions are not on the electoral register

The use of ID in polling stations is a risky reform when millions are not on the electoral register

In a 2018 pilot, voters in a few areas will have to show some sort of identification at the polls – a major change to voting arrangements. Yet voter fraud is not widespread in the UK. Toby S. James welcomes the fact the plans will be extensively piloted, but warns they will lead to more voters being turned away from polling stations.

Christmas is […]

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    The House of Lords’ powers on statutory instruments survive

The House of Lords’ powers on statutory instruments survive

In the long age of abortive Lords reforms, Theresa May has installed a new chapter by backing off from her predecessor’s plans to strip the upper House of its power to vote down statutory instruments – the main form of delegated legislation vital to the UK government’s extensive executive powers. Richard Reid argues that the decision reflects upcoming Brexit […]

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    The 2016 Enlargement Package: The EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement following Brexit

The 2016 Enlargement Package: The EU must maintain its commitment to enlargement following Brexit

Every year, the European Commission publishes a so called ‘Enlargement Package’ which sets out the Commission’s policy on enlargement and reports on the progress of candidate and potential candidate countries. Ahead of the 2016 Enlargement Package, Fatmir Besimi suggests that following Brexit, it is vitally important for the EU to emphasise the benefits of enlargement and reaffirm its commitment […]

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    More tolerant, yet more divided? UK-US parallels in the wake of Brexit and Trump

More tolerant, yet more divided? UK-US parallels in the wake of Brexit and Trump

Both the Brexit referendum and Trump’s election were fuelled in part by anti-immigration sentiment. Yet both the US and the UK are gradually becoming more tolerant of racial diversity. Maria Sobolewska explores this apparent contradiction between diminishing racial prejudice and a swing to the right on immigration policy.

After the largely unexpected Trump victory in the US presidential elections, the […]

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    Book Review: Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour by David Hesmondhalgh, Kate Oakley, David Lee and Melissa Nisbett

Book Review: Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour by David Hesmondhalgh, Kate Oakley, David Lee and Melissa Nisbett

In Culture, Economy and Politics: The Case of New Labour, David Hesmondhalgh, Kate Oakley, David Lee and Melissa Nisbett focus on the emergence of cultural policy as a key concern under the Labour party between 1997 and 2010. Drawing particularly upon interviews with key figures, this is a valuable, even-handed book that is recommended reading for any course exploring […]

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    Never letting go: why Scotland is at constitutional stalemate over Brexit

Never letting go: why Scotland is at constitutional stalemate over Brexit

Northern Ireland could secede from the UK, if its people agreed to do so. But Scotland cannot – and consequently it will be forced to join the rest of the UK in Brexit, unless Westminster agrees to let it hold another referendum on independence and Scots vote to quit the UK. Nikos Skoutaris compares Nicola Sturgeon’s position to that […]

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    Book Review: Diaries: Volume 5: Outside, Inside, 2003-2005 by Alastair Campbell

Book Review: Diaries: Volume 5: Outside, Inside, 2003-2005 by Alastair Campbell

In the fifth volume of his published diaries, Outside, Inside, 2003-2005, Alastair Campbell steps down as Tony Blair’s Director of Communications in 2003 but is drawn back into politics amidst the continued chaos of the Iraq War, the breakdown of the Blair-Brown relationship and the impending election campaign. With the pace of a thriller, this book offers fascinating insights into Campbell’s struggle […]

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