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The UK areas that will be hit most (and least) by Brexit

The LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance (working with the Centre for Cities think tank) has carried out a study shedding light upon the local economic impact of Brexit. Henry G. Overman writes that it is the richer cities, predominantly in the south of England, that will be hit hardest by Brexit, with this effect particularly apparent in areas specialised […]

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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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    Do we need more counter-terrorism powers? Why Theresa May’s ‘four-point’ plan is redundant

Do we need more counter-terrorism powers? Why Theresa May’s ‘four-point’ plan is redundant

Following the London Bridge attack in June 2017, the Prime Minister announced a four-point plan to tackle terrorism. Simon Hale-Ross questions the validity of this plan, and illustrates how the current counter-terrorism structure in the UK is more than adequate.

Do we need more counter-terrorism powers? The short answer is no, we do not: the Human Rights Act 1998 is […]

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    Rebels running London? The mayoralties of Ken and Boris compared

Rebels running London? The mayoralties of Ken and Boris compared

With the upcoming mayoral elections, our attention turns to mayors and their powers. Ben Worthy and Mark Bennister reflect on the terms of Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson. They draw on their new paper to explain what it is that we can learn from how the two first elected mayors of London ran the city.

To lead a huge […]

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    When on Westminster Bridge people could be mowed down, did we do a good job of ‘expecting the unexpected’?

When on Westminster Bridge people could be mowed down, did we do a good job of ‘expecting the unexpected’?

Parliament’s security is under review following the attack in Westminster. But, when pedestrians could be hit next to Big Ben, there may be more to review than the protection of the building alone. Patrick Dunleavy asks whether our approaches to security are as effective as they could be, considering the constantly shifting terrorist methods. He explains why in combating […]

Book Review: London’s Boroughs at 50 by Tony Travers

On 1 April 1965, a new system of city government was introduced to London, resulting in the birth of 32 boroughs. In London’s Boroughs at 50, Tony Travers traces the emergence and development of each of these individual and diverse boroughs that have played a key role in revolutionising the city and the lives of its inhabitants over the past […]

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    Forget independence for London – but the capital now needs its own devolved government more than ever

Forget independence for London – but the capital now needs its own devolved government more than ever

London has vote to remain in the EU while the rest of the UK – and especially England – voted to leave. This has led to calls for London to declare independence. Independence is not going to happen. But as Tim Oliver argues, a fully devolved government for London is possible. It’s time the UK recognised that London is […]

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    In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices this Thursday. Here’s how to use both votes well

In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices this Thursday. Here’s how to use both votes well

Voters are used to a two-vote electoral system for the Edinburgh Parliament, and the Assemblies in Cardiff and London. But how these systems operate changes a bit every time, with changing party fortunes. And this year some politicians (especially in Scotland) are advising voters to do things that may ‘waste’ one of their votes. Wherever you stand politically, Professor […]

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