Eighth time’s a charm? The revolving door of Housing Ministers

By Steve Jolly / 10th July 2018 / 0 Comments

Shapps, Prisk, Hopkins, Lewis, Barwell, Sharma, Raab and Malthouse. No, not the name of a Dickensian law firm, but the roll-call of Housing Ministers since the Conservatives entered government in May 2010. We’ve had a new minister at the rate of one a year – the blink of an eye in planning and housing delivery […]

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Hands off our land

By Nick Vose / 3rd July 2018 / 1 Comment

Up to a third of young people face living in private rented accommodation all their lives, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation. The think tank, which aims to improve the standard of living of low and middle-income families said 40% of “millennials” – those born between 1980 and 1996 – were living in […]

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A Lib Dem renaissance . . . is it truly on the cards?

By Andy Martin / 2nd May 2018 / 0 Comments

The short answer is no; and that comes from a card-carrying committed Liberal Democrat who has ‘enjoyed’ candidacy for a London Borough, the Greater London Assembly and Parliament. The Lib Dems are the perpetual nearly-man (or women) of politics. However, in London electoral terms, they’re not even the nearly person – not any more. With […]

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Are the Conservatives losing the generation game?

By Nick Vose / 27th April 2018 / 0 Comments

The Conservatives are set to become unelectable as older voters die off through “natural wastage”, warned the Conservative MP and Justice Minister, Phillip Lee, at last year’s Conservative Party conference. Reports that the Conservative Party is ageing out of existence may be premature, but there can be no doubt that the party and its voters […]

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Can Labour win big?

By Nick Vose / 26th April 2018 / 0 Comments

If elections are a game of expectation management, then the bar of what success looks like for Labour is untenably high. Survation – one of the most accurate pollsters at the 2017 general election – put Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party seven points ahead of the Conservatives in March; and a staggering 27-points ahead in London, […]

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