Sheila Lawlor
Sheila Lawlor is director of the think tank Politeia. After a career as an academic historian which brought her research fellowships at Sidney Sussex and Churchill Colleges, Cambridge, she joined the Centre for Policy Studies as its Deputy Director. She went on to found Politeia, which is a forum for social and economic thinking drawn from all shades of the political spectrum. She directs the economic programme and writes on education, benefits and healthcare policy. She contributes to the discussion of all areas of policy in radio, television and print media, and appears regularly on the Jeremy Vine Show.

Entries by Sheila Lawlor

Cameron's Tactical Conservatism

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2015 | (18:05)

The Queen's speech has now set out the list of bills planned for the coming year. In many ways it is as much the symbol of victory for the Conservatives over the Liberal Democrats after five years of Coalition as over Labour. It may seem odd therefore, that success has...

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Britain's National Sickness

(2) Comments | Posted 5 April 2015 | (13:30)

Britain's health service has moved centre stage in the campaign for May's general election, as the parties compete for votes. The Conservatives pledge more funding - an additional £8bn and another £22bn in efficiency savings - along with weekend GP cover; Labour promises to cut back outsourcing and payments to...

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Gove: The Elite's Opponent But the People's Servant

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (20:03)

Michael Gove was amongst the longest serving education secretaries in Britain since World War II. Committed personally as well as professionally to the intellectual values that Britain has historically championed, Gove knew what he wanted to do. His aim was to reverse the pitiable decline in education standards and the...

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Fools' Paradise or Nation State?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (17:58)

The European election campaign is now underway as EU member states prepare to go to the polls late in May to chose 751 MEPs for the European Parliament in Brussels. These MEPs do not sit in national blocs, but in political groupings. They are expected to leave national interests behind...

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Deals, Not Diktats: Jobs Depend on Trade, Not EU Superstate

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2014 | (20:09)

Immigration remains headline news and at the centre of heated debate. The EU's open border rules have sucked politicians and officials into the battle over benefit tourism and job losses. This week the Home Office released figures that showed 121,000 non-UK EU citizens received working-age benefits in the year ending...

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If Welfare Is to Work, Morality Matters

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (18:15)

This week the battle over the morality of benefit reform took a new twist. Labour's leader, Ed Miliband, was warned by one of his MPs that Labour should be far tougher on benefits reform. Politics that allow endless benefits spending is 'too comfortable, too easy for people on the Left',...

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Battling for Benefit

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2013 | (18:48)

Many English people watching the latest battle with the EU may be asking how will it develop? The Prime Minister and an EU Commissioner have clashed over benefits for immigrants. Will Westminster or Brussels decide the rules for new EU immigrants arriving after January 2014 - the date when Romanians...

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Politicians v People: Who Is Now Out of Touch on 'Europe'?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (18:38)

The bill for an EU referendum in 2017 has now passed its second reading in the Commons but the way in which it was passed suggests that our political elite is out of touch when it comes to Britain and the EU: out of touch with the people, out of...

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Benefit Caps - No Substitute for Contributions

(1) Comments | Posted 11 January 2013 | (18:26)

The bill to cap benefit rises at 1% prompted a row during the second reading in the Commons. For Labour, the 1% limit was unfair on poorer people. But for the coalition tackling Labour's 2010 deficit remains paramount and a 1% - in line with public sector wages - is...

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Policing the Police

(1) Comments | Posted 21 December 2012 | (16:46)

We end 2012 with Britain's police force in the dock. The arrest of a police officer in the wake of the 'plebgate' affair in Downing Street has now been followed by a second arrest. The evidence which led to Andrew Mitchell's resignation as chief whip is under suspicion. The police...

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Frontier Economics - Which Country Will Have the Edge?

(2) Comments | Posted 12 November 2012 | (18:32)

This week a tale of two countries, each at the edge of Europe, unfolds. Greece and the UK, face similar problems: each has spent more than it earns; each needs to borrow money to pay for the lifestyle to which it has grown accustomed. Can they get the cash, can...

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Clegg's Road to Serfdom

(0) Comments | Posted 22 June 2012 | (17:29)

Michael Gove's plans to end GCSEs in maths, English and the sciences in favour of a more rigorous 'O level' system are a casus belli with the diehards of the status quo: unions, educationists, officials and their political allies.

Nick Clegg emerged as their champion, when he broke away...

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