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What is the “Northern Powerhouse”?

In June 2014, then-Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne stated that England’s northern cities were ‘collectively not strong enough’ and argued that…

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When is the next general election?

The timing of the next general election is uncertain. The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill (at the time of writing) has…

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What is sleaze?

In British politics, ‘Sleaze’ is a common term used to describe accusations of misconduct, misbehavior and corruption. ‘Sleaze’ first entered the political…

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What is HS2?

HS2 (High Speed 2) is a planned new high-speed railway line between London and the midlands and north of England, comprised of…

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What is the Committee on Standards?

The Committee on Standards is the parliamentary committee that looks at cases put before it by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards  concerning…

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Who is the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards?

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is an independent officer who investigates allegations that MPs have breached the House of Commons’ Code of…

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What is Nord Stream 2?

Nord Stream 2 is a system of two offshore natural gas pipelines running from Ust-Luga in Russia to Lubmin in Germany. This…

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What is the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)?

The MFF – or Multiannual Financial Framework – is the overall EU budget for every seven-year period, setting out funding for the…

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What is a command paper?

A command paper is a UK government publication presented to Parliament, published in a numbered series. They convey information or decisions that…

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Can the EU revoke a country’s membership?

There is no mechanism for the EU to revoke a country’s membership of the Union. Article 7 of the Treaty on European…

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What is a Party Conference?

UK political parties hold their main annual conferences every autumn where politicians, party members and the party’s affiliated groups gather. Party conferences…

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What is the Conference on the Future of Europe?

The Conference on the Future of Europe is a proposal put forward by the European Commission and European Parliament aiming to consult…

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