When Harold Macmillan became Prime Minister in 1957, he was asked what would determine his Government’s course. He responded: "Events, dear boy, events" and since then this phrase has infamously been quoted on numerous occasions to justify outcomes. Never has it seemed more apt to use this phrase than to describe Theresa May’s first year as Prime Minister.
On Tuesday 13th June 2017, Alok Sharma was appointed as Housing and Planning Minister at the Department of Communities and Local Government, following the snap General Election, which saw Gavin Barwell lose his seat in Croydon Central, and consequently, lose his Housing and Planning Ministerial Position.
What a difference a campaign makes. When Theresa May called the snap election back in April, she did so in the full confidence that the Conservatives would return with an overwhelming majority, spurred on by the previous weekend’s polls. Seven weeks later, hardly anyone could believe it when the exit polls indicated a hung parliament. Nine seats short of an overall majority, and one week away from the beginning of Brexit negotiations, Mrs May has difficult days ahead.
It’s been an eventful night with winners, losers and plenty of uncertainty. For those of you who weren’t glued to the coverage all night, here’s our speedy guide of some of the key moments.
With the General Election only 6 days away we have taken a look at the West Midlands – a key, traditionally marginal region comprising a multitude of seats that can be influential in deciding which party runs the country.
The General Election in the West of England: Ones to Watch
The British Property Federation (BPF) has warned that the construction sector faces a post-Brexit skills crisis if departing the EU results in fewer construction workers coming to the UK. Yet the main political parties are all pledging to build more homes, yet cut or reduce net migration. With an existing skills gap in the UK’s construction and house building workforce, and a possible points based system for EU workers, the UK could miss out on an additional 215,000 migrant workers up to 2020.
This week the three main parties officially launched their General Election manifestos.