Government & Politics

  • Government & Politics

    Empowering the citizen

    Working for a stronger democracy, with more genuine power being devolved to local people.

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    About Government & Politics
  • Jim Murphy's valedictory speech

    Outgoing leader of the Scottish Labour Party Jim Murphy delivered his final address as party leader at Policy Exchange.

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  • Overlooked But Decisive

    Despite their overwhelming importance, “squeezed middle” voters - those in the C1/C2 socio-economic classes - across England’s most marginal seats feel overlooked and unrepresented. Overlooked But Decisive examines the values and political attitudes of this group and develops a detailed profile of this groups values and beliefs.

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    Britain's forgotten class
  • Electoral Omission

    The administration of elections in the UK is dangerously inefficient and open to fraud - there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers by the 2015 General Election. This report calls for targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register, annual checks to measure accuracy and small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.  Read more

    The Electoral Commission
  • US Mid-terms 2014

    Does economic recovery aid incumbent parties?

    AFPX was delighted to welcome distinguished American political commentators Michael Barone, David Frum and Lawrence B. Lindsey for an event on the 2014 mid-terms. The event examined the electoral prospects for the Democrats and Republicans, with particular emphasis on whether America's growing economy will provide a boost for the Democrat's chances.  Watch / listen to event

    US mid-terms

Latest Government & Politics in the news

  • 17 June 2015 | Labour needs a JFK to prevent it sliding into bloody civil war

    • Daily Telegraph Columnist Mary Riddell cites findings from Policy Exchange's new report Overlooked But Decisive. The report finds that C1 and C2 voters value family, fairness and equality above all else and that the Labour party better represents these views than the Tories, but this has failed to translate into votes for Labour.

  • 15 June 2015 | Labour election loss down to lack of ideas not passion, says Jim Murphy

    • The Guardian covers outgoing Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy's final speech at Policy Exchange. Murphy expressed his regret over being part of the Blair/Brown struggle and called for Scotland to be front and centre of Labour's 2020 election strategy, saying that "the path to victory in middle England runs right through the heart of central Scotland."

Latest Government Publications

  • 15 June 2015 | Overlooked But Decisive: Connecting with England’s Just about Managing classes

    • Despite their overwhelming importance, “squeezed middle” voters - those in the C1/C2 socio-economic classes - across England’s most marginal seats feel overlooked and unrepresented. Overlooked but Decisive examines the values and political attitudes of this group and develops a detailed profile of this groups values and beliefs.

  • 23 October 2014 | Electoral Omission

    • Electoral Omission highlights how the administration of elections in the UK remains dangerously inefficient and open to fraud and predicts that there will be up to 15.5 million errors on the UK's electoral registers at the time of next year's General Election. The report recommends the introduction of targets for the maximum number of omissions and errors in the electoral register and annual checks to measure accuracy, along with small council tax rebates to encourage people to complete and return their voter registration forms.

Latest Government & Politics Blogs

  • 21 July 2015 | Labour needs to focus on the squeezed middle once again

    • James Frayne, Policy Exchange's Director of Policy & Strategy, writes arguing that Labour has lost the support of England's C1 and C2 voters, and must win them back if it is to have a hope of forming a government again.

  • 16 June 2015 | The Conservatives must become the party for the ‘just about managing’ class

    • James Frayne, Policy Exchange's Director of Policy and Strategy, sets out the findings from Overlooked But Decisive, our new report profiling C1 and C2 voters. Such voters values above all else family and fairness. This means these voters want an active, practical approach from Government that helps improve their everyday lives. But they also want to see the Government create a fairer system where hard work and playing by the rules is rewarded and the opposite punished.

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