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Transport Policy Challenges, John Lehal

The party conferences saw a host of platform discussions, fringe meetings and policy seminars exploring the transport and infrastructure issues facing the UK. Minister, Shadow Ministers, MPs, and Peers made the case for urgent action on issues from high speed rail to aviation. As normal life resumes in Whitehall and Westminster, in this article published in the November edition of Transport Times, John Lehal assesses the political reality for transport and infrastructure.

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IPA Briefing on the Heseltine Review

In March 2012, Lord Heseltine was given a broad remit by the Prime Minister, David Cameron MP, to examine ‘how spending departments and other relevant public sector bodies interact with the private sector, and to assess their capacity to deliver pro-growth policies’.

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US Election Night Guide

The 2012 race for the White House has been one of the nation’s closest, with President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spending most of it neck and neck. The lead candidate has shifted in the polls on a near daily basis over the past month. The Democrats have lost much of the enthusiasm and aura they had in 2008, and likewise the Republicans have not had the passionate grassroots strength they enjoyed in the 2010 mid-terms. This race will come down to seven swing states, where independent and undecided voters will decide the outcome of the election.

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Infrastructure Policy Mind Map

The Government has been clear that boosting Britain’s infrastructure will form a central part of its economic strategy over the course of this Parliament. The publication of an updated National Infrastructure Plan in November 2011, the delivery of announcements on issues such as high-speed rail and broadband connectivity, and legislation such as the recently announced Growth and Infrastructure Bill, has shown how determined Ministers are to use infrastructure as a driver for job creation and growth.

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Cameron’s Christmas Countdown

With party conference season over and MPs returning to Westminster, the political focus shifts from discussing “one nation” and “spreading privilege” to the practicalities of government and parliament. In order to help you understand the challenges, headaches and landmarks the Government faces in the run up to Christmas, Insight Public Affairs has developed Cameron’s Christmas Countdown to provide an insight into the Prime Minister’s “in-tray”.

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Coalition Government Mind Map

Two and a half years have now passed since David Cameron and Nick Clegg set out a coalition agreement in the Downing Street Rose Garden, promising to “govern in the national interest”. As it reaches the half-way point of its five year term, the Coalition Government is set to undertake a midterm review during the summer in order to revitalise the partnership ahead of the 2015 General Election.

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Education Policy Mind Map

Reforming the country’s education system has been one of the top domestic policy priorities of the current Government. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has signalled his intention to radically transform school provision by introducing a number of new free schools and expanding Labour’s academies programme. In addition, he has promised to raise standards by introducing a new exam system, abolishing the national curriculum for secondary schools, and improving the standard of teaching.

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