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Can we trust the opinion polls in election 2017?

Dr Matthew Wyman Senior Teaching Fellow in Politics, SPIRE Political opinion polls have taken a bit of a battering in the past few years. There was wide agreement on the eve of the last UK general election that the outcome … Continue reading

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The politics of Brexit will have far-reaching consequences for Britain – UK in a changing Europe

Dr Helen Parr Senior Lecturer in International Relations, SPIRE Source: The politics of Brexit will have far-reaching consequences for Britain – UK in a changing Europe

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Yesterday’s by-elections weren’t all about Brexit

Dr Christopher Huggins Teaching Fellow in European Politics Conventional wisdom is that opposition parties perform well and gain ground in by-elections while governing parties don’t. In Stoke Central (which featured two SPIRE alumni as candidates – Jack Brereton (Conservative) and … Continue reading

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The Eurosceptics’ Moment

Dr Helen Parr, Senior Lecturer in International Relations is a co-winner of the 2016 Hennessy Prize for essay writing on British politics, awarded by the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary, University of London. Helen shares this prize with Professor … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ Brexit?

Professor Robert Ladrech – SPIRE Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, has been keen to reiterate that “Brexit means Brexit”. But, despite her insistence, at least two types of Brexit are being discussed: “hard” and “soft”. They relate to the type of deal … Continue reading

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Speech: Why Britain should remain in EU

The following is a speech delivered by Dr Helen Parr, Senior Lecturer in International Relations in SPIRE, during the Keele Student Union Debating Society debate on the EU Referendum, held at Keele University on 7 March 2016   For me, … Continue reading

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Complacency at the heart of our political parties has brought this vote

Dr Helen Parr Senior Lecturer in International Relations – SPIRE Saturday 25 June 2016 48 hours after the referendum, the calculations made by Britain’s most senior politicians are becoming obvious. What those calculations reveal is a complacency that has led … Continue reading

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