A Question of Place, a Matter of Identity?

A Question of Place, a Matter of Identity?  

If Labour is to regain the trust of its voters, it must respond to the timeless concerns of voters - economic and cultural, says Rt Hon Frank Field, MP. 


Already Labour’s future depends less on who wins the contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith, than who is elected UKIP’s leader. That is just one sign of UKIP’s potential challenge to the party’s future.


Labour’s greatest danger is if UKIP’s new leader rebrands the party as the English party.


I’ve never accepted that UKIP were the most serious long term challenger to Tory disgruntled votes. History has it that Tory voters are good at voting for Lib Dems in protest by-election votes, but are much more inclined to return to the fold at a subsequent, often second, general election.


UKIP’s Labour vote appears much more stable and loyal to its new party. The reason for this is simple. Much of the Tory protest vote in UKIP was against a general direction of government policy.

Forthcoming Event

Legal Aid - Its Role in an Effective Justice System 

Wednesday 14th September, 7.00 - 8.00 p.m

Shailesh Vara MP, Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid (2013 – July 2016)

Hugh Barrett, Director for Commissioning and Strategy, Legal Aid Agency

Professor Peter Crisp, Dean, BPP Law School


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Since 2010, the legal aid budget has been cut significantly and changes have been made to the basis for its award.  Such cuts were part of the overall strategy to reduce the deficit inherited by the Coalition. However, many in the legal profession are concerned that access to justice and a fair trial will suffer. 

July - August Publication

 Leaving the EU - Legal and Trade Priorities for the New Britain


PDF: How to Leave the EU: Legal and Trade Priorities for the New Britain

Press release

In How to Leave the EU - Legal and Trade Priorities for the New Britain, Martin Howe QC, proposes when and how Article 50 should be invoked to give the EU notice of departure. 

The author, a distinguished EU lawyer, explains that the focus should be on the UK’s trade deals globally, with third countries outside the EU. The aim should be to take over free trade deals with such countries to which we are already party, simply replacing the EU with the UK as co-signatory without further elaborate renegotiations. For other new global trade deals, independence from the EU and its remaining 27 Member States, will facilitate the forging of fast and rapid deals. 

From the Archives...

Politeia continues to engage politicians along with specialist academic and other authorities on central areas on policy.Here is a selection from the archive

Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Politeia Publication

Banking on Recovery

Towards an accountable, stable financial sector

By Lord McFall, Dr Syed Kamall, Dr Gerard Lyons, Professors Richard Roberts, Forrest Capie, Geoffrey Wood, Kent Matthews, David B. Smith, Melanie Powell, Dr Eugene Michaels and  Dr Sheila Lawlor.

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Press Release


Read Stephen Hammond MP's response to the publication.

Publication: Thursday 21st of April 2016

The financial crisis of 2007/8 and its causes still loom large in the debate about Britain’s economy and its recovery. While politicians and economists agree on some of the main contributing factors and the broad principles needed to guide future policy, there is less certainty about next steps. How should the law be shaped? Are the UK government and its European counterparts on the right tracks?

In this volume, some of Britain’s leading UK economists and politicians in the field, reassess the crisis, the regulatory response and the wider implications. They contrast the turbulence of recent decades with the stability of the preceding century; they discuss the different factors leading to the crisis, including some hitherto largely ignored; and they show where the official response has been and continues to be flawed, badly timed and damaging.

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