Engaging with the Conservative Party’s new policy forums

Since barrelling into Number 10 and laying down the law with civil servants, fellow special advisers and junior ministers in his first week, Dominic Cummings has given the impression that he alone is running the government. His ‘one strike and you’re out’ policy for leaks has already been widely derided, with an immediate leak from a dazed Spad last week confirming that...

Can MPs stop a no-deal Brexit?

“There will be opportunities for us when parliament returns in September to stop no-deal”. The words of Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth echo what many MPs have publicly stated as they seek to advert a no-deal Brexit. Is this true? Well, that is far from certain. It is true that Parliament has plenty of options to break the resistance of a Prime Minister committed to a no-deal Brexit, including revoking Article 50, declaring no confidence in the sitting Prime Minister,...

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Jack Sansum 20th Aug, 2019 Insight
Brexit , Politics , UK Politics
2 min read

It’s time for conservatives to lead on climate change

In the UK, climate change has traditionally been seen as an issue most closely aligned with the left – perhaps not surprising given that many proposed measures for tackling climate change involve large scale state involvement, significant restriction on business activity and limits to individual consumption. Under Theresa May, this started to change, but a new Government means the trajectory for UK climate policy remains uncertain. By failing to take radical action on climate change and...

EU response to Johnson

Any speculation that Boris Johnson would tone down his rhetoric on his commitment to a 31 October Brexit date upon taking office has been shut down emphatically. Since his appointment last week, Johnson appointed a raft of Brexiters to his Cabinet, installed Vote Leave guru Dominic Cummings as special adviser and has hammered home his intention during every speaking opportunity. Despite this, the reality is that arithmetic in Parliament has not changed and there is little appetite for a...

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Joe Berkhout 7th Aug, 2019 Insight
Brexit , EU , europe , Politics , UK Politics
3 min read

Early years in crisis: will the new Prime Minister take action?

On July 1st, the APPG on Childcare and Education launched a report on the financial sustainability of the early years sector. It found a sector in crisis: with problems that echo those in the care sector: lack of funding, recruitment and retention issues, and increasing costs. It urged the Government act. Policy Changes In recent years, the early years sector has undergone...

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Isabelle Hillson 17th Jul, 2019 Insight
Politics , UK Politics
3 min read

What are Prime Minister Boris’ spending plans?

  As the contest for the Conservative Party leader and the next Prime Minster reaches a climax, scrutiny is turning to the spending plans of the likely winner. Boris Johnson, the front runner, is running an effective campaign to win the leadership ballot amongst Tory members. His public spending plans will be a key interest for businesses who work with government, public sector organisations and the wider economy. So what does Prime Minister Boris have in store and how could this affect...

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Edward Jones 16th Jul, 2019 Insight
Government , Politics
3 min read

Pride Month: Why GK are proud to Support

In recent decades, the UK has made strides to support the LGBTQ+ community. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people certainly make a vital contribution to our culture and our economy. June 2019 is Pride Month in the UK. The UK government has a proud record in advancing equality for the LGBTQ+ community. We are proud to say we are a diverse and tolerant society. The

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Sarah De Rosa 4th Jun, 2019 Impact
Equality , Politics , Pride Month
2 min read

Update: can The Independent Group maintain the public’s interest?

  When The Independent Group launched in February, GK wrote a blog pondering the group’s possible impact on UK politics. Now a month into their existence, have they managed to maintain that...

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Charlotte Stockton 19th Mar, 2019 Insight
Politics
1 min read