Women in Parliament: Increasing Diversity

Less than 100 years ago women in the UK were still disenfranchised. Now, there are more women in Parliament than ever before, although the fact remains that nearly 80% of all parliamentarians are men. It is clear that further steps are needed to increase diversity in UK politics, but what are they and how should …

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Inconvenient incumbency?

After my swearing in as a new MP in 1997, I shook hands with the Speaker, Betty Boothroyd.  “What’s your majority?” she inquired.  “3,500”, I dutifully replied.  “You’ll increase it” she soothed back, as I was ushered on my way. Now Betty was a formidable woman, but I doubted that she had such confident powers …

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Northern Powerhouse: Manchester in the area

Chancellor George Osborne promised to put the Northern Powerhouse at the centre piece of this year’s Autumn Statement. Today, Osborne gave the impression that the Northern Powerhouse and Manchester were synonymous as he announced Manchester would receive a new £250m national science institute, funding for transport and house building, a commitment to introduce an elected …

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Autumn Statement – Cicero Elections Analysis

Today’s Autumn Statement signals an acceleration in the Conservatives’ re-election strategy. The headlines will focus on the new stamp duty system and multinational tax but from a political strategy perspective, this announcement shows the Tory Plan A for re-election is faltering and the Chancellor is stepping in with policies designed to help boost Conservative polling …

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