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The 2022 US Senate elections pt. 2 – What else to look out for

In my last blog I spoke about the state of senate races across the Sun Belt. Now I turn to the battlefield that has caused many Democrats to shed tears and lose faith - the Rust Belt. Once a reliable bastion of union Democrats, the region has dramatically shifted and its lurch to the right has been...

The 2022 US Senate elections – What to look out for

Americans head to the polls to cast their ballots in the first national electoral test of the Biden presidency and of the president himself. Following a harrowing loss last November in Virginia, plus a nail-bitingly close victory for Democrats in the otherwise safe state of New Jersey, the party exp...

Are televised debates useful political antennae?

Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton, Richard Nixon versus John F. Kennedy - just a couple of the most renowned televised political debates that come to mind. Television has brought the political world into our homes, making it more accessible than ever. Yet, how impactful are these debates in realit...
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What I learnt interning at College Green Group

I started my week with College Green Group as many new starters probably would. I felt nervous to meet a team of professionals in an office environment in the heart of Westminster - a place not renowned for its tranquillity or patience. However, my time interning at College Green Group taught me so...

Why councillors make good MPs

The skills and experience gained as a councillor are highly valued by those who approve and select Conservative parliamentary candidates. Our research shows that over half of all the new Conservative MPs elected in 2015, 2017 and 2019 had previously been a Conservative councillor. So just why does b...
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Thoughts from the Labour Party Conference 2022

The atmosphere at conference is buoyant. It certainly feels like the party is confident it is on the cusp of governing. The splits within the party and the divisions that arose during the five years of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership seem to have been relegated very much to the past, and there is a quiet...

The engineering of political language

It is 1988 and Michael Dukakis and George H. W. Bush are locked in a tight battle for the White House. A poll from the Washington Post finds Dukakis, the Democratic Governor of Massachusetts just 4% behind incumbent Vice President Bush. After a summer of political blunders for him, he sees an opport...

Can the Democrats buck the midterm blues?

Democrats are facing increasingly brighter prospects in the last weeks and months before the all-important midterm elections. Joe Biden’s approval has improved from -20% in mid-July to -14%, but the party is now ahead of the Republicans in generic ballot polling in which people are asked which party...

My experience interning at College Green Group

Having completed my two week internship at College Green Group, I thought I would take a moment to reflect upon my experience. In short, accepting the internship was one of the best decisions I have made. Responsibility and variety I was surprised by the breadth of work undertaken by the team, and t...

In Liz we Truss?

On Monday 5th September the Conservatives will produce either Britain’s second ethnic minority prime minister (after Benjamin Disraeli), or its third female prime minister. Before then the candidates will participate in a prolonged campaigning season revolving around a series of hustings across the...
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Does Rishi Sunak have what it takes?

After securing the support of 38% of his Conservative colleagues (the lowest share for a frontrunner on a final ballot amongst MPs since 2001), Rishi Sunak is battling foreign secretary Liz Truss for the ultimate prize in British politics. But does Rishi Sunak have what it takes to win? The polls ce...

Thoughts from the ‘Future of Jobs’ Conference

I was so pleased to attend the first in a regular series of new mini conferences hosted by Conservative Home today. We are all very aware of the longstanding, excellent, and diverse party conference fringe programme led by CEO Mark Wallace, Paul Goodman and their colleagues. The ‘Future of Jobs Conf...