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Boris Johnson’s resignation speech explained

This article was originally submitted on July 7. Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech in front of 10 Downing Street at noon following his resignation announcement to Sir Graham Brady earlier today [July 7]. “It is clearly now the will of the parliamentary Conservative party, that there should be a new leader of that […]

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Boris Johnson to resign as PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today told Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, that he intends to step down from his role as leader of the Conservative Party. But Johnson wants to stay on in a caretaker role as prime minister until the Conservative Party choses a new leader to replace him. […]

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Nus Ghani and the conspiracy of silence over Tory Party Islamophobia

The recent allegations made by MP Nusrat Ghani are yet another example of Islamophobia within the Conservative Party. Ghani, who was appointed as a Minister within the Department for Transport in January 2018, claims that she was dismissed from her role due to her Muslim faith. This accusation is the most recent in a long […]

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Is the party over for Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson could be forgiven for hoping that the new year might bring with it some better luck for his chaotic government.  Towards the end of 2021, he found himself in his weakest position yet, embroiled in charges of sleaze levelled against his government following its botched handling of a lobbying scandal in November.  At […]

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Inside Sunak’s Little Red Box

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an Autumn budget to “level up” Britain, but don’t be deceived: this seemingly generous spending wish-list is the least he can do. Against a backdrop of surging energy prices and rising inflation, Rishi Sunak gleefully posed with the iconic red box before later announcing a budget that will usher in […]

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Conservative Party Conference: The Summary

From Sunday 29 September to Wednesday 2 October, an estimated 11,500 people gathered in Manchester for the annual Conservative party conference.  The event’s agenda included creating a “safe and prosperous Britain”, which would be achieved through a focus on “championing a new economy”, and “reforming our great public services”, while being encompassed by the conference’s […]

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Echo chambers and the need for diversity of opinion

Contemplating the political divide on campus is surprisingly straightforward, namely because one does not really exist. Spending a day trotting around the University of Edinburgh, going to lectures, societies and sitting in university cafes, one would not guess we were in a Britain ruled by a Conservative government, whose population voted to leave the European […]

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Calling a snap general election would serve no purpose

The 2011 Fixed Parliament Act makes it nearly impossible for Theresa May to call an early general election. Unless two-thirds of MPs vote to call one – which would necessitate Corbyn and May being in the same room as each other without a catfight breaking out – or the government declares it has absolutely no […]