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Andrew Gimson’s comprehensive retelling of Boris Johnson’s tumultuous time as Prime Minister. Andrew Gimson begins his biography of Boris Johnson with Johnson’s obituary. His actual obituary, not his political one. Gimson was commissioned by the Daily Mail in April 2020 to give his account of Johnson’s life, in case the then Prime Minister died of […]

The Bank of England had raised rates even further from 2.25% to 3%, bringing it to the highest level since November 2008 marking also the highest single increase since 1989. These high interest rates could have a great impact on the cost of living, affecting those with mortgages, credit card debt and loans, drastically changing […]

Constituency boundary changes are on the horizon, with some proposed modifications set to dramatically transform the political landscape of the North East. New plans set out by the Boundary Commission show how constituencies in the region will change before the next General Election. Locally, Washington and Houghton & Sunderland South constituencies are set to be […]

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has set out his priorities for the British economy with major changes in taxes and greater amounts of investment in critical public services. Despite the UK heading towards a recession, the Government established its priorities as “stability, growth and public services.” During his fiscal statement on November,17 the Chancellor highlighted the impact […]

North East Conservative Party members have insisted that the appointment of Rishi Sunak as PM is constitutional despite calls for a general election. The leadership contest lasted only a matter of days, as just one candidate, Mr Sunak, managed to achieve the 100 plus nominations needed to stand in the party’s election. After frontrunner Penny […]

Reports from The Guardian and Telegraph suggest that the Government may U-turn on its commitment for a smoke-free UK by 2035.  The initial smoking action plan, proposed in the Conservative 2019 manifesto may have been called into question by the current health secretary Thérèse Coffey, according to Whitehall insiders. Those same sources have suggested that […]

The UK Government made a U-turn by abolishing the 45p tax bracket after a week of the pound fluctuating in value.  Kwasi Kwarteng announced that the tax bracket for those earning over £150,000 will remain in place following a tweet made on the second day of the Conservative Party conference.  The original policy was announced […]

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer made his keynote speech at his party conference calling in a new ambitious plan for a potential Labour Government – including the nationalisation of the clean-energy sector. Positioning himself as a Prime Minister in waiting, the Labour leader used his speech to make key policy commitments surrounding the NHS, business, […]


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