McDonnellomics: examining the Shadow Chancellor’s economic agenda

Policy Exchange published an in-depth examination of Rt Hon John McDonnell MP’s economic agenda, based on an analysis of Labour’s manifesto pledges, white papers, related academic papers and interviews with influential figures on the left. The paper concludes that McDonnellomics would represent the biggest shift in UK economic policy since the advent of Thatcherism, while the Foreword by former Business Secretary Rt Hon Lord Mandelson notes that Labour’s radical economic agenda risks empowering a new set of “unaccountable elites”. Read the full report, Rt Hon Lord Mandelson’s article in The Times’s Red Box, and more coverage in The Daily Mail, The Sun and The Independent.

Policy Exchange hosts Prime Minister for the launch of the authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher

Dean Godson, Director of Policy Exchange, was delighted to welcome the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, to the official launch of the final volume of Charles Moore’s authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher, Herself Alone.

The event, hosted by Policy Exchange, was the Prime Minister’s first visit to a think tank since he took office. It was attended by some of the surviving dramatis personae from the Thatcher era and other senior figures from the world of politics, journalism and public life.

The Prime Minister praised the biography, saying, it is “not just the greatest recent work of biography but… also, in our lifetimes, the greatest work of modern British history”. Charles Moore, the author of the 20-year project, is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and was previously Chairman of the Trustees. Watch the video of the speeches on YouTube

Housing Secretary Sets Out Building Beautiful Vision

Policy Exchange hosted a keynote speech by Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on building beautiful homes and protecting heritage. At the event, co-hosted with Create Streets, the Housing Secretary said the Government is “going to take up the mantle” provided by Policy Exchange to address the housing shortage and NIMBYism by building more beautiful homes. Watch the video of the speech on YouTube. Read coverage in The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Read the full speech transcript on the Government’s website.

Policy Exchange Welcomes New Senior Fellows

Richard Sloggett, former Special Adviser to Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has joined Policy Exchange as a Senior Fellow working on Health Policy. Richard will lead on all new health projects, as well as supervising our ongoing research on the future of social care.
 
Juliet Samuel, columnist for The Daily Telegraph, joins us as a Senior Fellow. She will be working on our Prosperity programme, which examines how to renew capitalism. Watch her appearance on Policy Exchange’s Conference platform here.
 
Trevor Phillips, broadcaster and writer, former chairman of the John Lewis Partnership Council and current Chair of Index of Censorship, joins us a Senior Fellow. He will also contribute to the Prosperity programme, focusing on the future of work, as well as the Civility Hub and examining extremism in all its forms.

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

Judicial Power and the Supreme Court

Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project hosted a panel discussion on the Supreme Court’s prorogation judgment featuring some of the leading legal minds in the country. The speakers, who were evenly split on whether the prorogation should have been considered justiciable, were Lord Sumption, former Justice of the Supreme Court; John Larkin QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland; Helen Mountfield QC, Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford; and The Lord Trevethin and Oaksey QC, Crossbench Peer and Barrister. It was chaired by Richard Ekins, Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project and Professor of Law at Oxford University. Watch the YouTube video here.

Arlene Foster And Kate Hoey At Policy Exchange

Arlene Foster, Leader of the DUP, and Kate Hoey, the Labour MP and member of the Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, appeared at Conservative Party Conference to speak about preserving the Good Friday Agreement during the Brexit process. Watch the debate here and the other major Policy Exchange Brexit discussion, Michael Gove in conversation with the Times columnist Iain Martin.

Strengthen the Union by publicly broadcasting more sporting events

The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee has backed Policy Exchange’s proposals to increase the number of sporting events that must be shown on free-to-air TV, for example women’s national football tournaments and test cricket.

The Committee’s new report, Public service broadcasting: as vital as ever, references Policy Exchange’s recent report Modernising the United Kingdom. Policy Exchange’s report calls for full legal protection for live coverage of sports events of a national interest as part of a wider programme to strengthen the Union by upgrading the UK’s economic and digital infrastructure, boosting access to shared culture and leading efforts to cut carbon emissions to ‘net-zero’.

What to do with 20,000 extra police

The 20,000 police recruits promised by the Prime Minister should be used to reverse the “almost total collapse of community policing teams across the country,” according to Rekindling British Policing. The new Policy Exchange report, written by Richard Walton – Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and former Head of Counter Terrorism Command in the Metropolitan Police – with a Foreword by Sir Mark Rowley QPM, former Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, offers a 10-point plan for revival. Read coverage in The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

Social Care Reform

New YouGov polling carried out for Policy Exchange shows the extent to which women, who have been identified as critical voters at this general election, worry about the impact of social care on their families and careers. As the major parties finalise their manifestoes, the polling shows that:
• One in five (21%) women aged 35-55 have helped care for someone with long-term needs and nearly half (43%) of women in this group, know a close family member who has done this
• 64% are worried about the effect that losing their home and other assets would have on their family If they required care in later life
• 65% feel that the care system is too complicated too understand
• 53% worry about the impact on their career if they were needed to take care of a relative

Academic freedom in the UK

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Universities should be places of open debate, where ideas can be debated freely. Recent events, however, have revealed a chilling effect, with high profile campaigns to sack academics and fewer than four out of ten Leave-supporting students feeling able to share their views in class. Our polling reveals that a solid core of 30% of students are consistently in favour of free speech: this report presents policy recommendations for universities, for government and for civil society to ensure academic freedom can thrive in our universities.

Lawfare

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Policy Exchange’s latest paper on lawfare, endorsed by General David Petraeus, sets out new measures on how the next Government must protect our soldiers from the assault of lawfare. The paper recommends that the next government should:

Debating the Supreme Court’s prorogation judgment

Related Content  The Supreme Court’s judgment in Miller/Cherry[2019] UKSC 41, holding that Parliament was not prorogued on 10 September, is by any measure a momentous judgment.  Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project commented on the litigation before this judgment...

Home Secretary to examine Treason law proposal

Policy Exchange’s proposal for a new law of Treason, which would help prosecute returning Isis fighters, was discussed in the House of Commons this week and received front page coverage in The Daily Telegraph.

Theresa May responds to Lord Bew’s Backstop paper

In a Q and A after her speech in Belfast on how Brexit will affect Northern Ireland, the Prime Minister was asked about Lord Bew’s recent Policy Exchange paper, The Backstop Paralysis: A Way Out. Specifically, did she agree with his assessment that the UK Government has not challenged the Irish Government’s narrative on the Good Friday Agreement being under threat.


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In his only public appearance on his UK visit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was interviewed by William Shawcross at Policy Exchange. Deeming the Iran nuclear deal ‘defunct’, the Prime Minister said that a realignment was taking place in the Middle East, with relations improving between Israel and Sunni nations. He also had words of praise for Presidents Trump and Obama.

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