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

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 […]

The Sound of Silence: May’s first six months

If a week is a long time in politics, then six months is a lifetime. Theresa May’s first six months as Prime Minister have been interesting, if somewhat uneventful given that Britain – and the wider western world – is now facing the most unprecedented domestic and geo-political change in modern times. It is difficult […]

Unleashing Brexit

I wrote here in October about the difficulties the Government is likely to face as it navigates through Parliament its ‘Great Repeal Bill’; a Bill that will end the legal supremacy of EU law through the repeal of the 1972 European Communities Act. Since then, we have heard almost nothing further about this Bill. Instead, […]

Brexit: the “bumpy road” begins

After a quiet first few months, the Prime Minister has finally put some flesh on the bones of her Brexit strategy, announcing at the Conservative Party conference a timetable and the formal means by which she intends to decouple the UK from the EU. The Great Repeal Bill – highly likely to feature in next […]