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 saw 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.
Once you get past “Sack Theresa”, Brexiteers are singing from different hymn sheets.
The party’s institutional firepower is focussed on winning back places where it’s seen as more quinoa than bingo.
In the meeting of the Canterbury MP’s local party branch, there was a near one-sided opposition to disciplining her for speaking out over anti-Semitism.
Corbyn’s refusal to defend his MPs against party activists, particularly in cases linked to the party’s handling of anti-Semitism, does not look good.
I worry that in pointing at specific, uncontroversial things that people in poverty might spend their money on, Labour is storing up trouble.
But the two communities are forging links as a result.
For a guide to how Johnson will do in a leadership election, look at what other ambitious Tories are writing and saying instead.
The remarks are a “dead cat” to distract from Johnson's personal life and keep attention on his only political strength: Brexit.
In an age of freelancers and the gig economy, unions offer workers a greater understanding of their rights.
“They’ve reached the end of the road,” says Andrew Lewer, the Conservative MP for Northampton South.