It’s been four days since I woke up, for the first time ever, in a Labour seat. In the (very) few hours since I fell asleep, Battersea had fallen to Labour candidate Marsha de Cova. Given Jane Ellison’s majority of nearly 8,000 - she was not thought to be in trouble. How wrong we were. Continue reading
My greatest goal in politics is a strong economy. Without that, it becomes almost impossible to deliver any other political goal. We need sound public finances and a strong economy to fund the NHS, schools and all the public services we value. I believe that this issue is central to the choice facing voters at this election. Continue reading
In his independent report Securing the ballot: review into electoral fraud, Sir Eric Pickles, the Government’s Anti-Corruption Champion, argues Britain’s historically trust-based voting system is no longer tenable when local populations are denser and transient. Identity document (ID) checks on individuals voting in person should be applied at polling stations to safeguard the integrity of the electoral system. The Government will introduce electoral integrity pilots at the local elections in May 2018. Continue reading
Robert Kilgour: Let’s not repeat the mistakes of 2014 – Business needs to be shouting from the rooftops!
Like many of you I was disappointed at how Scottish businesses engaged in the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014. Too shy, too timid and incredibly risk-averse were some of the accusations thrown at our businesses and for me, it’s hard to disagree. Continue reading
With the Prime Minister’s triggering of Article 50, Britain is now irrevocably on its way out of the EU. As we expand the horizon of our vision beyond the shores of Europe and out into the wider world, we need to have an honest assessment of our strengths and weaknesses as a country. A study by the organisation European Geostrategy rated the UK as Europe’s only global power. The report highlighted that the UK has “a wide international footprint and [military] means to reach most geopolitical theatres”. While this is undoubtedly good news, there are also significant concerns surrounding the current state of the Armed Forces that the government must take seriously. Continue reading