On the hottest day of the year so far and with some relaxing of royal protocol, the Queen went to parliament to deliver her speech, marking a new session in parliament. We look at what was mentioned and how people reacted.
Following the surprising result of the general election and the appointment of Alok Sharma as the new Minister for Housing and Planning, we consider how the new government will address the housing crisis.
When I moved to Central London, I was acutely aware that I wasn’t going to get much square footage for my rent budget. Having been a student for four years previously, I was prepared for a rather bijou existence.
MPC recently hosted a breakfast with the now Conservative Mayor for the Combined Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough - Cllr James Palmer. Unsurprisingly, given the nature of his powers and the challenges facing the region in its attempt to rival Silicon Valley, the conversation focused heavily on infrastructure.
Tomorrow much of England will go to the polls for the County Council elections. At stake will be the control of 27 county councils responsible for billions of pounds of taxpayer’s money and the delivery of key services including education, highways and social services.
The Prime Minister has finally done it and taken steps to put this parliament out its misery, seek her own mandate and secure a proper working majority.Over the last few months readers of this blog will know that we’ve long viewed the stated aim of keeping this government running until 2020 as unrealistic and asking for trouble.
All the candidates have now been announced and the latest betting odds for the election have been published which show Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams and the Conservatives’ Tim Bowles as the clear favourites in a race to be the first West of England Metro Mayor.
Earlier this year, I overheard a discussion between two people regarding the proposed Peninsula Place development in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and caught one comment “that’s far too high, that’s not what we need.”
For all the sound and fury the press and opposition are trying to whip up over Philip Hammond’s first Budget, I think the general view in a few weeks or months time is that this was pretty much a non-event and at best, the warm up act for the second budget this Autumn.
The next landmark in the Heathrow expansion saga – quite literally – landed on my doorstep.Last week, a leaflet to attend a consultation event about the proposals for a third runway at Heathrow was posted through my letterbox.
In May 2017, voters in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol and South Gloucestershire will elect a Metro Mayor who will have new powers over transport and a variety of welfare-to-work policies for the region.
I’m sure it’s a lovely tree. But I can’t help but feel the £200,000 compensation bill to chop it down is a little excessive. That’s the fee being charged by a London council to compensate for the loss of a big old tree, to make way for up to 900 new homes, a hotel, shops, communal space and all manner of goodies that make a community.
After an appalling but entirely avoidable news cycle centring on what the Prime Minister knew or didn’t know about a failed Trident missile test last Summer, Theresa May launches her Industrial Strategy today with the dual aim of assisting the delivery of her ambitious social agenda and to help ready the country for a post Brexit environment.
How dispiriting on a wet Monday morning, to hear on Radio 4 that a survey has been done (by the annual Edelman Trust Barometer) which shows that trust in business, media, institutions and government, is at an all-time low.