Three possible dates for an early General Election: 8 May, 22 and 29 June???

Political analysis, Westminster
I went down a bit of a rabbit hole this week. Want to join me? It started with a rather enjoyable blog by John Rowland - ‘After NICS: are we heading for another General Election?’. At first, I just wanted to know if it would be feasible to call an early General Election and how the Government could go about it. I concluded it was possible, if messy. This time, I wanted to know if it was practical in terms of delivering Brexit - an early General Election could deliver a strong majority but it could also mean the loss of up to two months working time for both Government and Parliament. Is this manageable? To form a view I’ve looked at: What we know regarding the current timetable for Brexit,…
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What Cameron can learn from FTSE 100 CEOs

Career development, Effective working, Westminster
The prime minister can't be complacent and has to trust and engage his MPs - much like big business bosses. David Cameron’s second term as prime minister will bring new challenges, many of which are familiar to FTSE 100 chief executives. First, past performance is not an indication of future results. When the FTSE 100 celebrated its 30th birthday last year only 30 companies remained from the original index. Only 19 had never dropped out. David Cameron needs to learn that lesson. The two-party political system is dead: Labour and the Conservatives scraped just 67% of the vote, the Liberal Democrats were all but destroyed, UKIP secured the third-largest vote share, the SNP are the third-largest party and Labour have been thrown into a period of navel-gazing. Cameron cannot assume…
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Seeking to change legislation? Tips from the Whips

All entries, Westminster
One of the main jobs of the Opposition Whips is to help frontbench teams scrutinise and oppose legislation. These are just six of the lessons I learned from my time in the Whips Office and a taste of what we'll cover on the workshop on Friday 22nd April. 1. Politics will determine pace When working out your strategy and how long you have to act, you need to assess if there are any factors that could lead to the Bill being pushed through faster than normal (where normal is 9 to 12 months). A faster pace should be expected if the Bill is considered essential to the Government’s overall programme, if the measures need to be in place for a particular deadline, if it has a strong Cabinet sponsor with a firm agenda, if…
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