It’s that time of year again…
A balmy summer is coming to an end, the party conference season is just beginning, and the New Statesman is teaming up with dozens of partners and sponsors to deliver a huge range of fringe events attracting some of the biggest names in parliament, politics and business. Last year we hosted over 35 events across three conferences, bringing together policymakers and thought leaders for hours of enlightening and intelligent discussion and debate. Hosting MPs and peers from all sides of the House, we've organised panels of experts, Q&As and drinks receptions that are at the cutting edge of the conference calendar.
After yet another year of upsets and volatility in the UK political scene, this year's conferences are set to be as exciting and unpredictable as any, and the New Statesman will be at the forefront, bringing together politicians and high-profile figures in local government, charities, NGOs and industry, to discuss the most pressing policy issues and political controversies of the day.
The fault lies with the Brexiteers themselves, because they are the real betrayers of democracy.
“I thought, my friends, that my rallying days were over. But this fight matters to me more than any I’ve known in my long life in politics.”
All meetings and normal working practices are cancelled, and instead my diary fills with amendment after amendment.
The committee notes “a pattern of behaviour” in Johnson that shows “an over-casual attitude” towards obeying the rules.
Fatigue has eroded party discipline. Some MPs have taken matters into their own hands and taken holidays without informing the whips until their planes were in the air.
The government adviser and philosopher reflects on Brexit and responds to charges of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
How Brexit has proved beyond doubt the need for a new political settlement.
“Fat cat town hall bosses” are an annual jamboree for the tabloid press – but the real problem is hidden by a lack of further scrutiny.
Attempting to maintain a focus on public services might not just be impossible, but inadvisable.
Keir Starmer has made clear to Labour MPs tonight that any deal with the government must have their support. Even if May shifts her red lines, she will struggle to meet that threshold.