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Why Labour’s Brexit defectors need a lesson in the UK’s Parliamentary constitution

Why Labour’s Brexit defectors need a lesson in the UK’s Parliamentary constitution

By Tim Focas, director of Financial Services at Westminster think tank Parliament Street Another day in Westminster, and another clutch of politicians who still cannot accept the result of the referendum. Andy Slaughter, Catherine West and Ruth Cadbury. No, me either until Jeremy Corbyn sacked them last week after they voted in favour of Britain remaining within the Customs Union and […]

by · 30th June 2017 · Blog
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, greets European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, as he arrives at 10 Downing Street on April 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Europe’s View of the General Election

It should come as no surprise that European leaders, from the national level to Brussels, were paying very close attention to the general election in the UK last Thursday. The likes of Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Paolo Gentiloni, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk were of course very interested in how Theresa May fared in a self-imposed referendum on how her […]

by · 24th June 2017 · Blog
What 5 lessons can all political parties learn from the General Election 2017?

What 5 lessons can all political parties learn from the General Election 2017?

The British public are becoming somewhat accustomed to those early morning “I remember where I was when I first heard it” moments. We woke up to the UK leaving Europe, Trump entering the White House and the Tories just about hanging on in Westminster.  An analysis of the last six weeks demonstrates how political volatility and vulnerability can take an […]

by · 14th June 2017 · Blog
A letter to a nineteen year old me

A letter to a nineteen year old me

Cllr. Richard Harris is an Erewash Borough Councillor and the Disabilities Spokesman for Parliament Street. He is also a passionate Conservative.   Ten years ago I was on the verge of turning twenty years of age. I was struggling through my second year at University and as a Disabled student was wondering what life had in store for me. 2007 […]

by · 12th June 2017 · Blog
Abbott, I get it. Afro-Diane was a different you

Abbott, I get it. Afro-Diane was a different you

By Kate Baldwin There’s no question that Diane Abbott has made a few interview gaffes in her time. It’s fair to say, for instance, that numbers aren’t her thing. However, the latest interview ‘mishap’ on today’s Andrew Marr show where, while commenting on her previous pro-IRA statements, she remarked that “I had a rather splendid afro at the time. I […]

by · 28th May 2017 · Labour Party
Why Labour’s Robin Hood tax will only punish Corbyn’s target voter

Why Labour’s Robin Hood tax will only punish Corbyn’s target voter

By Tim Focas, director of financial services at Parliament Street. Another day of the election campaign, and another barmy policy pledge. Labour’s proposals for a tax on financial transactions is a further reminder, as if the electorate needed one, of the economic incompetence that lies ahead should Corbyn by some miracle find himself in Number 10. However, the difference with this […]

by · 19th May 2017 · Economy & Tax, Blog
Macron Meets Merkel, German Elections and European Reaction

Macron Meets Merkel, German Elections and European Reaction

Emmanuel Macron was inaugurated as the new President of France on Sunday, as Europe prepares for a new Franco-German partnership to strengthen the Union. With Berlin as the new President’s first destination as head of state, Macron’s intentions are clear: get support from Europe’s most powerful leader for Union-wide reforms on areas such as labour reforms, unemployment insurance and bond […]

by · 15th May 2017 · Brussels & Europe, Blog
Parliament Street speaks to Peter Lilley

Parliament Street speaks to Peter Lilley

Parliament Street’s Jack Emsley speaks to Peter Lilley, former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Please note that this interview was recorded before the General Election was announced  and, therefore, before Mr. Lilley announced that he was standing down as a Member of Parliament.

by · 14th May 2017 · Podcast, Blog
May’s accidental success

May’s accidental success

by Dan Grummitt If the polls are to be believed Prime Minister Theresa May has stumbled upon a winning combination ahead of this General Election. She has captured the votes of most of those who voted leave in the EU Referendum and held on to a significant portion of the more pragmatic remain voters. It is this first block, though, […]

by · 8th May 2017 · Blog
Inspiring the public is the only way to beat complacency

Inspiring the public is the only way to beat complacency

By Elizabeth Anderson The forthcoming general election has been called at a time when the polls show that our new Prime Minister has the highest ratings for forty years.  Projections for Theresa May are good, and this morning even Tony Blair has told Sky News that she is bound to win.   My concern, however, is that in doing so, […]

by · 2nd May 2017 · Blog