The results from last week’s European elections –elections which the UK was not supposed to take part in – are in. Having secured 29 seats, Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party was the clear victor, albeit gains for the Liberal Democrats, Greens, and the SNP were also cause for celebration. The Labour and Conservative parties recorded dismal results, while Change UK failed to secure its anticipated electoral breakthrough. Analysis is ongoing about what these results really mean. Were these results an overwhelming sign that the UK should leave the EU whatever the cost? Or, does the combined support for parties such as the Liberal Democrats, Greens, Plaid and the SNP show the growing appetite for a second referendum?
Spanish politics has featured highly in media headlines over the last few years from the breakthrough of parties such as Podemos and Ciudadanos (Citizens), the failed unilateral declaration of independence by the Catalan government in 2017, to the cascade of corruption accusations and charges that ultimately precipitated the collapse of the conservative PP government in June 2018. The latest general election, however, did not register any signs of voter fatigue. Turnout was over 75%, well above the average recorded in general elections since the Spanish transition to democracy.
From Sarah Lieberman – Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations.
From Maw Stafford (PhD Candidate in Politics)
As we edge closer to ‘Brexit Day,’ Dr Laura Cashman (Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University) writes about how a feminist analysis can help us to look at the issues from an alternative point of view, where the personal is always political.
From Dr Susan Kenyon, Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has studied transport and travel behaviour since 1998 and has published extensively in the area of transport, accessibility and social exclusion. Dr Kenyon worked at a number of UK Universities and at Transport for London, before working at CCCU. You can find her University profile here.
From Professor David Bates – Professor in Contemporary Political Thought. PSA: His inaugural lecture – ‘The Centre Cannot Hold: Radical Politics Rebooted’ – will be held in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre, Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University North Holmes Road Campus, on the 6th February – 5.15pm for a 6.00 pm start.
From Dr Demetris Tillyris – Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University.
On Monday 14th January 2019, Theresa May’s Brexit Plan suffered the heaviest defeat any government bill has ever received in the House of Commons. A day later, her government survived a vote of no confidence. On Monday 21st January 2019, May will present her “Plan B” in the Brexit negotiations. In the following blog post, we look at what our Politics and International Relations staff at Canterbury Christ Church University make of all the drama and the potential next steps.
Paul Anderson is a Sessional Lecturer and PhD Candidate Politics and International. His research is on Territorial Politics. This blogpost appeared earlier on the University’s Expert Comment page. You can find it here.