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 Labour leader blundered by condemning the tax cut that John McDonnell refused to oppose.
The economic debate is moving towards Labour terrain, but the party won’t seize the advantage.
In her understated manner, Merkel recalls Clement Attlee, acclaimed by some as Britain’s most successful 20th-century peacetime leader.
Austerity has been moderated, rather than abandoned.Three-quarters of the £12bn of welfare cuts announced since 2015 will go ahead.
The strategic decision the Shadow Chancellor has made is that definition of “the few” should be heavily circumscribed, and as “the many” should be as big as possible.
The unionists will support the budget, despite threatening not to – but its loyalty is still heavily qualified.
The Office for Budget Responsibility warns that the economy is 2 to 2½ per cent smaller as a result of the Leave vote.
A smattering of small change for school supplies and potholes exposes a hollow plan designed only for Tory soundbites.
The Chancellor promised higher public spending, borrowing for investment and an end to PFI.
Service users and Tory MPs alike will suffer from the Chancellor’s failure to provide proper funding.