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Friday 17th October: As MPs vote to give a second reading to a private members bill on an EU-UK referendum, the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond has announced that his party is ‘lighting a fire’ under the EU by pledging a referendum. Martin Howe QC considers the Conservative position on UK-EU renegotiation and shows what is needed to show voters that the exercise is not a sham.
Douglas Carswell's by-election win at Clacton demonstrates the importance which voters attach to the UK's relationship with Europe. It is no longer possible, if it ever was, for sneering metropolitan political commentators to say that Europe is a weird obsession of a minority of political activists which does not matter to ordinary voters.
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September: Sound Bite Socialism Brings Cold Comfort by Sheila Lawlor (Friday 19th)
August: The UK and Europe: A Win-Win Situation by Dr Gerard Lyons (Wednesday 6th)
July: Gove Agonistes: Lost the Battle, Won the War? by Professor Robert Tombs and Dr David Abilafia (Friday 25th)
June: Low Pay - Better than No Pay? by Chris Hope MP (Friday 13th)