Women uncovered: gender imbalance in politics and the media

, 26 March 2015

The 2010 election was dominated by male politicians talking to male correspondents. Jen Gold hears three journalists consider whether women are likely to play a bigger role in the coverage of this election – both as journalists, and as parliamentary candidates

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Building on long term Whitehall reform will help the next government to deliver

, 25 March 2015

The new government in May will face big challenges. They will want to deliver on manifesto promises – ranging from large infrastructure projects like HS2, to reforming public services like the NHS, to building more homes – while improving the day-to-day workings of government to ensure money isn’t wasted. Doing this is not straightforward....

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More dangerous liaisons? Select committees in the 2015 parliament

, 24 March 2015

Today the House of Commons Liaison Committee – the Committee made up of the Chairs of the House’s 34 select committees – has published its Legacy Report on select committees in the 2010-15 parliament. Hannah White assesses the report and argues for reform of the Liaison Committee itself.

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Budget sweeteners and credit

, 23 March 2015

While the Chancellor is being given credit for eschewing a big pre-election giveaway in the final Budget of the parliament, his speech showed an acute sensitivity to the electoral geography of the UK and the general public mood.

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20 things about delivery from Michael Barber (and 3 stories about a neglected American President) you really need to know

, 20 March 2015

Yes, we’ve gone a bit Buzzfeed. As Barber himself did in the Independent on Sunday. It was ‘not exactly a launch’ – that happened at the LSE earlier this week – but rather ‘further discussion’ about the book, according to Peter Riddell. But the clear, succinct lessons Barber outlined about delivery or implementation of...

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Rollercoaster or not, arguing over spending cuts is a pointless task

, 19 March 2015

After crunching the Treasury’s numbers the Office for Budget Responsibility claimed that the Chancellor’s plan would lead to a ‘rollercoaster profile’ of public spending, with drastic cuts in the next two years allowing for a splurge in spend the year after. The squeeze on departmental budgets, the OBR warned, will be ‘much more severe...

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