07/08/2015 04:00 BST | Updated 06/08/2016 06:59 BST

Introducing '100 Days of Dave'


To mark 100 days of the first Conservative government in nearly 20 years, HuffPost UK is running 100 Days of Dave, a special series of blog posts from grassroots campaigners to government ministers, single parents to first-year students, reflecting on what's worked and what hasn't, whilst looking for solutions to the problems we still face

Every government wants to 'hit the ground running'. And as David Cameron heads the first Tory administration in nearly 20 years, he's keener than most to make a big impact in a short space of time.

Freed from the constraints of Coalition and buoyed by an impressive election victory, the Prime Minister has tried to move rapidly on everything from an EU referendum bill to welfare reforms, from childcare to a new 'national living wage'.

As we approach the landmark of the first 100 days of his government - that milestone is reached on Saturday 15 August - we at HuffPost UK have asked Britons to assess the state of the nation under the Conservatives.

'100 Days of Dave' is a special blogs project looking at what's worked, what hasn't, and what more we can expect over the next five years of this Parliament.

From grassroots campaigners to government ministers, from critics to supporters, we aim to show a breadth of opinion as we take the national temperature on a range of policies including child poverty, mental health, the environment, housing and LGBT rights.

At The Huffington Post, our mission is to highlight 'what's working', as much as to give expert analysis of how policies are falling short, misguided or simply in need of redrafting.

And our range of bloggers will capture the rich diversity of views of the first Conservative-only government since John Major was buried on that new Labour landslide of 1997.

Iain Duncan Smith will talk about his 100 days of welfare reform and Jeremy Hunt will highlight his pick of the NHS changes, while Ed Timpson is writing about child welfare, Sam Gyimah on childcare and Nick Gibb on schools.

Labour voices will include acting Labour leader Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper (who kicked off our first entry), Caroline Flint and Frank Field.

Tim Farron updates us on the state of the Liberal Democrats he now leads, as well as his take on their former partners. Safe to say, life is not as coalicious for the Lib Dems as it was before May.

Away from Westminster, our bloggers on the frontline will make themselves heard too, with our hugely popular GP Dr Zoe Norris, Fiona Millar on schools, fracking protestor Marina Pepper and Janette Davey, a single parent with six children.

Len McCluskey, Jon Snow, Sophy Ridge, Greenpeace's Doug Parr and the Green Party's Caroline Lucas all have something spiky and sparky to say too as we run up to the milestone on Saturday 15 August.

The term 'First 100 Days' was coined in a famous radio address by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he tried to prove the Democrats could act swiftly to combat the Depression.

Britain in 2015 is obviously another country and another era away from the FDR period, though we have had to bounce back from the biggest financial crisis since the 1930s.

But the 100 day mark, while not a magic number, is a useful break period to check just how we've fared as a nation since David Cameron's return to No.10 in May.

And you can rest assured we at HuffPostUK will be just as keenly focused on the remaining 1,725 days that this government has to run until the next general election.

How do you think Britain has changed since 7 May? Join the @HuffPostUK conversation on Twitter with #100DaysOfDave