Carl Thomson

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Conservative Party Conference: Successful, but forgettable

This time last year I wrote that there were five take away points from the 2017 Conservative Party Conference. These were that the party needed to develop a more compelling policy offer beyond Brexit; that politics was becoming more polarised; that the next generation of MPs was becoming more assertive; that the organisers needed to […]

UK decision time on Brexit fast approaching

Earlier today, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson used a widely trailed keynote speech at Policy Exchange to set out his vision of a “liberal Brexit”. This was the first in a series of choreographed Cabinet interventions that will take place over the next few days, aimed at breaking the deadlock over the terms of the post-Brexit […]

Insights from Conservative Conference: A party in transition

Many commentators anticipated that this year’s Conservative Party conference would be downbeat affair, due to the unexpectedly poor showing in the General Election and the setbacks that afflicted the Government over the summer. It is certainly true attendance was down on previous years. One source suggested that as many as 70% of Tory MPs opted […]

Headline analysis: English local and county council elections

Yesterday saw the first major electoral test of Theresa May’s leadership of the Conservative Party since taking over as Prime Minister last year. The English county council elections, and local elections in Scotland and Wales, offer some insights into the state of play with the main parties ahead of the General Election. It was a […]

Article 50: Next steps and key players

Prime Minister Theresa May will today formally invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, notifying the European Council that the UK will be leaving the EU no later than early 2019. The declaration kicks off a two-year negotiation period during which the UK will attempt to reach agreement on the terms of its […]

Sinn Féin surge but questions remain

Last week’s election to the Northern Ireland Assembly might have been low key, but it was historic for a number of reasons. Turnout was the highest since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. The outcome marks the first time that the unionist parties failed to win a majority of seats, while Sinn Féin received its highest […]