On 24 May Theresa May, under pressure from backbench MPs and losing the support of her cabinet, announced her resignation as leader of the Conservative Party. She formally stepped down as party leader on 7 June. The process of choosing a new Conservative Party leader is now taking place under the supervision of the backbench … Continue reading United Kingdom: Conservative Leadership Candidates Set Out Their Stalls in a Crowded Market-Place
March 2018 saw Vladimir Putin re-elected as Russian President. As he begins his new six year mandate he is, however, facing a series of inter-connected problems which are largely the product of the policies he has put in place, and which it seems he will find increasingly hard to manage using the political and military … Continue reading Russia: Putin’s Hollow Victory
A Dead Woman Walking: When Theresa May became Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party she inherited from her predecessor, David Cameron, a small but workable, 12 seat parliamentary majority. In April 2017 Theresa May, a politician with a reputation for pragmatism and caution, gambled by calling early parliamentary elections with polling to take … Continue reading United Kingdom: Politics on the Road to Brexit
An Unusual Election: On 24 June 2016, after the UK referendum vote to leave, the EU David Cameron resigned as Prime Minster and leader of the Conservative Party. This was followed by a contest for the leadership of the Conservative Party in which Theresa May (born 1956) emerged victorious, on 11 July, following the elimination … Continue reading United Kingdom: The Election and its Aftermath – A Political Turning Point?