Labour and Plaid unveil plans for ‘radical action in testing times’

Newsdirect’s Health Reporter, Alex Myles, considers the biggest thing to happen in Welsh politics for quite some time. After prolonged talks between the two parties, Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru have published their Co-operative Agreement, promising ‘radical action in testing times’. Labour fell one seat short of an outright majority at the 2021 election. Whilst […]

Sport’s place within the Health, Social Care & Sport Committee

Senior Account Manager, Ian Woodbyrne, evaluates the place for sport within the Health, Social Care & Sport Committee and proposes its potential inclusion within the Constitution, Europe, External Affairs & Culture Committee.   In June 2021, new MSPs to the Scottish Parliament were required to vote upon a motion extending the time allowed for the […]

UK Labour Shadow Cabinet – updated

Leader of Opposition & Labour Party – Keir Starmer Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work – Angela Rayner Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rachel Reeves Shadow Secretary […]

Queen’s Speech – what’s expected

Queen’s Speech: HM The Queen will deliver the Queen’s Speech at 11:30 in the House of Lords on Tuesday 11 May, setting out the government’s legislative agenda for the coming year, and marking the formal reopening of parliament. The parliament will hold a series of debates this week on the content of the speech.  Boris […]

Election 2021: The Green Commitments

Jack Fawcett, Senior Parliamentary Reporter, compares the environmental commitments in the party manifestos.  Green Thumbs – where the parties stand on environmental issues From Glencoe to Skye, the Trossachs to the Borders and from Moray to Caithness, Scotland’s landscape is beautiful, and Scots want to keep it that way. Climate change has been a prevalent policy […]

The UK’s Vaccine Programme Poses New Challenges for Equity and International Travel

Rafe Uddin, Parliamentary Reporter, evaluates the UK vaccination programme and future challenges for international travel. Earlier this month, the EHRC warned there was a need to strike the “right balance between individual liberty and the rights of others” when discussing domestic COVID status certificates. Boris Johnson has been reserved about the use of ‘vaccine passports’ […]

Remote Working: policy considerations for the ‘new normal’

Ian Woodbyrne, Account Manager, analyses how remote working has been considered by stakeholders and policymakers across a range of themes.    At the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing in November, Nicola Sturgeon was asked whether she would match the Welsh Government’s target for 30% of its workforce to be working remotely. The First Minister suggested a […]

The Legacy of the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee

David Wilson, Senior Account Manager, offers a round up of the work of the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee during Session Five of the Scottish Parliament.    You’d be forgiven for thinking the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee wasn’t a big deal in the last parliament as it was often overshadowed by other committees, Brexit […]