On 13 December 2023, NHS England announced an updated Vaccination Strategy following calls from pharmaceutical companies and trade bodies for a national Vaccination Strategy to tackle issues of accessibility, misinformation, and distrust around vaccination.
The UK Government’s target of deploying 24GW of nuclear generation capacity by 2050 confirms the key role it sees nuclear playing in the UK’s net zero transition. However, it is nearly 30 years since the most recent plant, Sizewell B, came online and Hinkley Point C will not be generating electricity until at least 2029. A significant step change is required.
This week’s by-elections in Kingswood and Wellingborough have delivered blows to the Conservative Party, with Labour securing victories in both constituencies. The outcomes mark the end of another tumultuous week in British politics as voters went to the polls to fill the vacancies left by former Conservative MPs Chris Skidmore and Peter Bone.
On 30 January 2024, Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Peter Kyle MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, launched Labour’s new Life Sciences Strategy at Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst. The new plan seeks to reform and modernise the NHS as well as capture the economic potential in the life sciences sector, supporting one of Labour’s key missions for the UK to have the highest sustained growth in the G7.
The new boundary changes mean the next general election will be fought across new constituencies. Drawing on recommendations from independent Boundary Commissions, the new changes aim to enhance constituency equality, but they also have an impact on the upcoming General Election.
With a general election approaching and Labour ahead in the polls, the Party is now using the time before the election to prepare for the practicalities of governing, which will require making tough decisions, especially on spending.
The predominant question in UK politics currently is “when will the next general election be?”. A general election must take place by 28 January 2025. So, with a year left, speculation abounds on when voters will be asked to go to the polls. The eventual timing will have important implications for public affairs campaigns and organisations should be prepared.
The recent vote on the Government’s Rwanda immigration plan has exposed Conservative division once more.
This week, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, delivered his 2023 Autumn Statement.
Ministerial reshuffles reveal information about the Prime Minister’s intention, with Sunak’s most recent reshuffle indicating a shift towards the centre, and a defence of Conservative heartlands.
Recent announcements by Rishi Sunak have opened a dividing line between the two main parties on the environment and net zero. However, such a strategy will run into obstacles in the run up to a general election.
On 22 November, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will deliver the Autumn Statement. The Autumn Statement will outline the Government’s policies on taxation, spending, borrowing and debt. The Autumn Statement forms an important part of No.10’s relaunch.