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‘What Londoners really want is local people on their councils’ (with Philip Cowley), Times, 20 May 2019.

London might be one of the world’s most multicultural, multi-ethnic cities but recent research shows that BME people, especially BME women, are seriously underrepresented in the capital’s local politics. The proportion of black and Asian councillors has risen over the … Continue reading

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‘Is the Conservative Party full of Islamophobes?’, Independent, 12 May 2019

Talk of Tory Islamophobia has some way to go before it rivals Labour antisemitism but it is getting louder. This week there was a damning report about Facebook posts by self-identified grassroots members of the Conservative Party, some of whom seem bent … Continue reading

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‘Would Margaret Thatcher have taken the US side against Huawei? Not necessarily’, Guardian, 10 May 2019

Lady Thatcher may be an icon to her most devoted fans but, as far as I know, none of them has ever worn a “What would Maggie do?” wristband. That’s not to say that they don’t find themselves asking (or … Continue reading

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‘Forty years ago, Thatcherism swept Britain. Could our new parties repeat the trick?’, Observer, 28 April 2019

Forty years ago this week, the Conservative party won the UK general election with 44% of the vote, netting the country’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, a comfortable overall majority of 43 seats and setting her up nicely for what … Continue reading

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‘Brexit is tearing apart Britain’s establishment political parties’, Telegraph, 29 March 2019.

Brexit threatens to blow the British party system apart. Differences over the UK’s relationship with the EU have never been deeper, more salient and more entrenched than they are now. Europe has become a fundamental cleavage, rivalling those which have … Continue reading

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‘Is this Britain’s Macron moment?’, Politico, 18 February 2019.

A split in one of the two big British political parties has long been the subject of fevered speculation. Now it’s finally happened. Pundits and pollsters are racing to weigh in on the decision of seven Labour MPs to leave their … Continue reading

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‘Brexit poll: British public thinks the EU has been harsh in negotiations’ (with Sarah Wolff and Javier Sajuria), 12 February 2019.

Nearly two thirds of British people think that the EU has been a harsh negotiator over Brexit, according to the latest survey by the Center for European Research at Queen Mary University of London. Donald Tusk recently caused anger by suggesting that there is a “special … Continue reading

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