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Jeremy Wright QC

The Wright man for Digital Minister?

Written by: Andy Frain
Posted on: 11 July 2018

It would be harder to find many Ministers who have shown less interest in the topics contained in their brief than newly appointed Minister for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Jeremy Wright QC, says Dods Monitoring's, Andy Frain. 

Matt Hancock

Will Matt Hancock oversee a digital revolution within the NHS?

Written by: Sophie-Rose Feary
Posted on: 11 July 2018

Dods Monitoring’s Health consultant Sophie-Rose Feary writes about the funding and policy challenges facing the new Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.

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Relocation, Relocation, Relocation – A Look at Channel 4’s new HQ

Written by: Andy Frain, Political Consultant
Posted on: 13 June 2018

To declare Channel 4’s new HQ as a major move step towards a London-less future would be an exaggeration, writes Dods Monitoring's Culture and Media Consultant Andy Frain. 

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The future of food: will Defra embrace GMOs post-Brexit?

Written by: Alex Tiley, Political Consultant
Posted on: 13 June 2018

Dods Monitoring consultant, Alex Tiley, says 'tremendous opportunity' lies ahead for UK farmers if Defra looks to encourage agri-tech post-Brexit. 


Equipment highs and Budget lows: How ‘no votes in Defence’ may be coming to an end

Written by: Connor Smart, Political Consultant
Posted on: 13 June 2018

Dods Monitoring's Connor Smart sets out the current challenges for UK defence and predicts 'the way we look at and deal with defence will change and the debate about capability, funding and the ever-present politics will become a more mainstream agenda'. 

Childhood Obesity

Will the Government deliver on its new childhood obesity strategy?

Written by: Bruce Reilly, Political Consultant
Posted on: 13 June 2018

Dods Monitoring’s Bruce Reilly assesses the recent Health and Social Care Committee report on childhood obesity and predicts what is likely to be included in the Government’s refreshed childhood obesity plan, expected imminently.

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ANALYSIS From the jaws of seeming defeat over Ireland Theresa May has snatched some respite

Written by: Andrew McQuillan, Political Consultant
Posted on: 12 December 2017

The puffs of white smoke which emanated over Brussels and Arlene Foster’s Enniskillen home in the early hours of this morning seemed unlikely yesterday.Back then the DUP’s hardball attitude to the


NHS Chief gears up for Budget day battle

Written by: Bruce Reilly, Political Consultant
Posted on: 10 November 2017

With Budget Day fast approaching, Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of the NHS, set out his stall with one of his most political speeches yet, which is saying something for a public servant with a


Judgement day fast approaching for FOBTs

Written by: Ben Ryaner, Political Consultant
Posted on: 20 October 2017

When Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced last October that the Government would conduct a review of gaming machines and social responsibility in the gambling industry, she added fuel to a lon

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Single Digital Gateway

Written by: Astrid Van Hecke, Senior Monitoring Consultant
Posted on: 13 October 2017

On October 10, the IMCO Working Group on the Digital Single Market held its thirteenth meeting. The topic of debate was the Single Digital Gateway.


Social housing featured at the forefront of Conservative and Labour conference agendas

Written by: Kerri Blyberg, Monitoring Consultant
Posted on: 10 October 2017

Social housing was very much at the forefront of the agenda as party members and lobbyists descended on Brighton and Manchester for conference season.

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Labour and Conservative conferences focus on need to build an educated, skilled workforce

Written by: Andrew McQuillan, Political Consultant
Posted on: 10 October 2017

Despite the contrasting atmospheres in Brighton and Manchester and the tonal differences from the respective party platforms, both Labour and the Conservatives were unanimous about the need to prov

Brexit trade bill

Brexit, trade and foreign affairs – the view from party conference

Written by: Arpinder Baryana, Political Consultant
Posted on: 10 October 2017

Brexit was everywhere and nowhere this Conference season.


Utilities market interference more likely after party conference pledges

Written by: Rob Micklewright, Senior Political Consultant
Posted on: 10 October 2017

It is of the Government’s own making that a price cap on domestic bills continues to be the biggest headline in the energy sector given the constant cycle of a gradual ramping up of rhetoric and th


Screening of foreign investment in strategic sectors

Written by: Sofia Kalogeraki, EU Monitoring Consultant
Posted on: 29 September 2017

On September 25, the European Parliament Committee on International Trade (INTA) held a first exchange of views on the European Commission’s proposal for an EU screening mechanism of foreign invest

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What the German election result will mean for Brexit

Written by: Sabine Tyldesley, Political Consultant
Posted on: 26 September 2017

Angela Merkel secured a fourth term as German chancellor on Sunday, despite significant losses in vote share.


Business as usual for transport sector at party conferences

Written by: Ben Rayner, Political Consultant
Posted on: 22 September 2017

With the completion of Crossrail near, demands for a Crossrail 2 ramp up, as the capital seeks to satisfy the relentlessly increasing appetite for added capacity in its transport network.

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Groundhog day for environment sector as post-Brexit farming once again dominates conference season

Written by: Ben Rayner, Political Consultant
Posted on: 21 September 2017

As the focus shifts from Westminster to Brighton and Manchester for the annual festivities of the party conference season, it is Groundhog Day all over again for the environmental sector, with the


Conservative conference could be a launch pad for new education policy

Written by: Harriet Jones, Senior Political Consultant
Posted on: 19 September 2017

Having had a ‘bumper year’ during the last parliamentary session, education and skills policy is set to be lower key during the following six months, in terms of legislation at least.

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Building regulations top Government housing agenda ahead of party conferences

Written by: Kerri Blyberg, Monitoring Consultant
Posted on: 18 September 2017

With Brexit dominating the Queen Speech agenda, the Draft Tenant’s Fees Bill was the only firm legislative action promised to help tackle the housing crisis in this two-year parliamentary session.

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European Parliament discusses ETS

Written by: Igor Kostadinovski, Junior Consultant
Posted on: 14 September 2017

On September 11, a debate took place on the EU Emissions Trading System at the European Parliament Plenary session in Strasbourg.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy

MoD targets exports with budget warships in new strategy

Written by: Arpinder Baryana, Political Consultant
Posted on: 8 September 2017

The MoD published its long-awaited National Shipbuilding Strategy this week, with Defence Secretary Michael Fallon hailing it as an “ambitious vision” for the future of UK shipbuilding.

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The Sexual Offences Act 1967: 50 years on

Written by: Lizzie Hendy, Monitoring Content Manager
Posted on: 25 August 2017

2017 marks 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 came into force.

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Untangling EU law: How the Withdrawal Bill will reveal tensions between executive power and Parliamentary scrutiny

Written by: Tom King, Senior Monitoring Content Specialist
Posted on: 22 August 2017

The cornerstone of the Government’s Brexit legislative programme is the European Union (Withd