William Blackman

William joined Interel Consulting in July 2016 and works with clients spanning the consumer, leisure, tourism and transport sectors. Prior to joining Interel, William spent three years working as a researcher at the House of Commons for a Conservative Member of Parliament. His work involved providing research and communications support on all aspects of the MP’s work, with a particular focus on foreign affairs, defence and international human rights issues. William graduated in 2012 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to working in Parliament, he spent time working as a research assistant for an academic and then for a civil liberties pressure group.

Posts by William Blackman

The forgotten negotiations: can the UK secure a deal with the EU?

With political and media attention across the world focused on the global response to the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been little attention paid to the negotiations between the UK and EU on their future relationship, which entered their crucial third round of talks this week. There can be no doubt that progress so far in […]

Interel’s Spring Statement Analysis

In the run up to the Spring Statement, the Treasury went to some lengths to dampen the anticipation of what would be announced – stressing on a number of occasions that there would be no new fiscal announcements, that it would be much shorter than previous Autumn Statements and moving it from the prime time […]

Are Labour on to a winning formula with re-nationalisation?

Over the weekend we heard more about the Labour Party’s plans to bring key services back into the public sector, including the railways and utilities such as the water and energy markets. Speaking at Labour’s “alternative models of ownership” conference, Corbyn and McDonnell ramped up their party’s rhetoric on the issue, saying that a future […]

What the Budget could do for Tourism

The tourism sector is one area that is often neglected by policymakers, or at the very least, doesn’t receive as much attention as it ought to. It is, after all, a significant part of the UK economy, estimated to be worth over £257 billion by 2025, just under 10% of UK GDP and supporting almost […]

General Election Breakfast: YouGov and the challenge of polling

This morning Interel hosted one its regular breakfast briefing events. We were joined by the respected pollster and joint founder of YouGov, Joe Twyman. It has been a difficult couple of years for pollsters. The industry as a whole has come under fire for failing to accurately predict the outcome of the 2015 General Election […]

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017 General Election analysis by Interel

For a more detailed look at our analysis of some of the policies announced in the manifesto, click here As would be expected from any party ahead in the polls by a margin of double figures, the Conservative manifesto was long on vision but short of specific policy pledges. The document is a remarkably restrained […]