Party Conferences

A New Workforce of the Lowest Paid

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Carole Easton

Did anyone spot the commitment in both the main parties' conference speeches to create a new workforce of thousands of young people - millions even - paid just £2.73 an hour? Actually the initiative wasn't just spotted but welcomed, alongside promises on zero hours contracts and the National Minimum Wage.

Party Conferences - Opportunity to Engage With Charities and Voluntary and Community Sector

John Tizard | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The party conference season is underway. These are going to be last conferences before the 2015 general election. Therefore, they each will take on an added significance as policy is debated and announced.

Miller's Gay Marriage Stance Draws Mixed Reaction

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Culture secretary Maria Miller risked the wrath of Tory traditionalists as she spoke passionately about the government's plans for gay marriage. Mi...

Conference Season: No 'Death Notice' for Boozing and Schmoozing

Neil Wallis | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Politics
Neil Wallis

It was a sad, much-mourned, death, greeted with glum faces all round in the Westminster Village that day. A new ministerial code, announced on 15 July, 2011, effectively declared that decades of 'unattributable' boozy lunches and 'off-the-record' slap-up dinners between politicians and the press were to be no more.

Cross-Disciplinary, Cross-Purpose: The Muddles of Multi-Agency Working

Hilary Burrage | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

The political conference season is one point in the year when it's quite reasonable to feel confused. So many claims and so much talk; but with what real effect, for whom?

Party Conferences - The Toughest Audience Will Be Stting in the Hall

Iain Anderson | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

For the Tories, debates on Europe - and the UK's place in it - are all over their fringe schedule like a rash. The prime minister will be wanting to apply soothing ointment to this debate but he may find it very difficult to do. Party members scared of the UKIP challenge will want some Eurosceptic meat to chew on. This remains a huge challenge for Cameron.

The Snake (Interview) That did for Nixon's Reputation and the ladder (speech) that had saved it

Max Atkinson | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Politics
Max Atkinson

Was it, I wonder, pure coincidence that BBC2's schedule last night included some archive footage of the original Frost-Nixon interview (including the above), followed by the film version of the events surrounding and leading up to it?

Activists At Labour Conference Angry Over Cuts

PA | Posted 25.11.2011 | UK Politics

Labour's annual conference has got under way in Liverpool, with delegates voicing their anger at "vicious, venomous and vindictive" Government cuts. ...

Have the Voters Started Listening to the Lib Dems?

Stuart Bonar | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

Coming to Liberal Democrat conference has changed over the years. It used to be the case that you were ignored. You'd spend your days earnestly debating policy motions and amendments then read precisely zilch about it in the next day's papers.

Legal Aid Cuts Will Hit Fight Against Phone Hacking, Dowler Lawyer Says

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 18.11.2011 | UK Politics

Coalition cuts to legal aid will leave people without recourse against phone hacking and other abuses by the media, Mark Lewis, lawyer for the family ...

Are the Liberal Democrats Regaining Credibility?

Scott Hill | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Politics
Scott Hill

Look beyond the dull monologues - the self congratulating ones listing off manifesto accomplishments - and cast your mind back to before 2010's general election.

What It's Like Being A LibDem Press Officer

Louise Phillips | Posted 02.09.2011 | UK Politics
Louise Phillips

My name is Louise Phillips, and I used to be a Liberal Democrat press officer. It's been almost a year since I left the party, and over 14 months since the General Election when we went into coalition with the Tories. And to get things straight right off the bat, no, that's not why I left.