Marie Le Conte

What if there isn’t a path forward for Keir Starmer?

Keir Starmer became leader of the Labour party just under a year ago. He isn’t doing great; he isn’t doing terribly either, but few seem to believe he currently is doing a brilliant job. One might argue that no politician could master the art of opposition in the current political circumstances anyway, but it isn’t […]

Who backs who in the modern Conservative party?

In her latest Jackdaw circular, Marie Le Conte observes a rare ceasefire in Tory backbench alliances. Will it hold?

To Westminster: remember climate change?

In her latest Jackdaw entry, Marie Le Conte argues Westminster politicians are forgetting about one very important issue.

How shutting borders is punishing migrants in the UK

I have no plans to leave, but I have to confess that the past few years haven’t been easy on us immigrants, argues Marie Le Conte

Lies, damned lies and a break-in

Marie Le Conte‘s take on the Capitol Riots

Brexit: Is Groundhog Day Over At Last?

As Brexit negotiations continue in the 11th hour, Marie Le Conte considers the omnipresent question of the last four years

The Old Boy Network is Back

With the corridors of Westminster emptied by the pandemic, former insiders are out of the loop and personal connections rule supreme, says Marie Le Conte

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The PM has Forgotten Where Power Truly Resides

To soothe public outrage, says Marie Le Conte, the government need to look beyond the green benches

Has Covid killed the party conference?

Marie Le Conte

Westminster booze-ups are tedious, but I miss them terribly

Marie Le Conte

The Jackdaw

Parliament may be up and running but what’s the point of Westminster if all those endless drinks receptions are still forbidden? All work and no play is no fun for anyone.

The Jackdaw: Staffers Had It Hardest

Over the last year we’ve seen dozens of MPs switch parties or go independent. But how does such an unexpected move affect their hard-working staff?