General Election 2015: Where do we go from here?

When we began organising our View from the Bridge event ‘General Election 2015: Where do we go from here?’ several weeks before 7th May we envisaged a discussion speculating on the likely outcomes of coalition negotiations. Pre-May 7th few commentators would have predicted that the debate would instead be examining the implications of a Conservative majority and the SNP’s landslide victory in Scotland and influence … Continue reading General Election 2015: Where do we go from here?

Osborne all powerful in the new Conservative Government

Yesterday, David Cameron announced his Cabinet and ministerial appointments for the first Conservative majority government in 18 years. Much has already been made of the composition of this new government and what it means for the country – for example, to provide a sense of continuity and stability with many familiar faces remaining in key offices of state; and a more ‘female friendly’ government, with … Continue reading Osborne all powerful in the new Conservative Government

After the election: relax…coalitions are the new normal

On Wednesday evening, just two hours before the deadline for creating a new government, Benjamin Netanyahu secured enough support to lead a coalition to run Israel. It took “King Bibi” 42 days to build a government despite coming out as the victor in the elections in March. Given his coalition has only 61 seats in the 120 seat Knesset, experts are already predicting it will … Continue reading After the election: relax…coalitions are the new normal

The 2015 General Election: Six key questions on what happens immediately after polling day

1. Are we likely to know the next Government by Friday morning? No. Unless the polls to date have been dramatically wrong, or there is a late surge in support for either the Conservatives or Labour (which is possible, but unlikely at this stage) then we will face another inconclusive result, with no party able to form a majority and negotiations over the formation of … Continue reading The 2015 General Election: Six key questions on what happens immediately after polling day