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Why Ruth Davidson et al are wrong on the DUP and gay rights

Why Ruth Davidson et al are wrong on the DUP and gay rights

Jeffrey Dudgeon – co-founder of the gay rights movement in Northern Ireland and author of ‘Roger Casement:The Black Diaries’ — sits on Belfast City Council with the DUP. As a long time political and cultural opponent of their approach, he finds them to be surprisingly flexible in practice on gay rights and other social issues. Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson, author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, writes for the Sunday Times on the wider issues round the Conservative Party’s relations with the DUP.

Election 2017 – Benjamin Disraeli: ‘There is no finality in politics’

Election 2017 – Benjamin Disraeli: ‘There is no finality in politics’

‘I have done a terrible, terrible thing. I have voted Labour for the first time. My father and grandfather would turn in their graves, but I was worried about my pension. All I have is my house and the state pension that I manage on.’ These were the words of a typical voter – who had initially pledged Conservative – when she was reminded by Tory canvassers to vote last Thursday evening in a marginal constituency in Plymouth; later that night, the seat changed hands, from Conservative to Labour. Many things went wrong for the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party in this General Election — so what, asks Warwick Lightfoot, Director of Research at Policy Exchange, are the lessons that can be taken from this voter’s change of heart?

The Prime Minister is right to assert that Islamist ideology is one of the key threats of our time

The Prime Minister is right to assert that Islamist ideology is one of the key threats of our time

Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson looks at the government’s renewed emphasis on Islamist extremism in the wake of the Borough attacks – and notes Theresa May’s focus on ideology as the “upstream” source of much of the problem. The Government’s task now is to ensure that its policy on counter-extremism is implemented throughout the public sector – which, as all Prime Ministers have found since 7/7, is easier said than done

Theresa May’s Leadership and the Post-Brexit Conservative Opportunity: creating a popular people’s party

Theresa May’s Leadership and the Post-Brexit Conservative Opportunity: creating a popular people’s party

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economics and Social Policy — was special adviser to three Chancellors of the Exchequer during the ERM controversy. Here he responds to last week’s Conservative Party manifesto, noting that the ‘electoral earthquake’ of Brexit has offered Theresa May ‘the opportunity to reunite the Conservative Party and the wider centre-right spectrum’ on the issue of Europe, in a way which is ‘little short of astonishing’.

France: The First Round

France: The First Round

As part of our ongoing series of French election comment, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — comments on the result of the preliminary round of the contest. She concludes that people ‘celebrating prematurely should take pause for thought. Those who fear Le Pen should not feel relief — and neither should those who still believe in the EU. This is not over yet’.

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

How to write a manifesto: don’t be too clever

Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Research Director and Head of Economics and Social Policy — who worked on a number of manifestos as a departmental adviser in Whitehall, suggests that everyone writing manifestos very quickly at the moment should bear in mind that the content they will produce is more likely to become a source of unexpected liability than an asset yielding political benefits

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