Carl Thomson

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General Election 2019: Briefing with YouGov

This morning Interel hosted YouGov’s Director of Political and Social Research Anthony Wells at one of our regular breakfast briefings. Anthony provided us with an overview of the current state of the polls ahead of next week’s General Election, including insight into the findings of YouGov’s MRP poll, which predicted that the Conservatives were on […]

General Election 2019: Key dates and timeline

With the General Election due to take place on Thursday 12th December, there are five weeks of campaigning before we find out whether Boris Johnson will secure a majority for the Conservatives and take the UK out the EU, or whether we may see Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister at the head of a coalition […]

What happens next if Theresa May faces a no confidence vote?

Today has been one of the most tumultuous days for the Government since it triggered Article 50 and began the process of leaving the European Union. At the time of writing, seven Ministers have tendered their resignations in protest at the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. These include Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work & […]

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 […]