Happy New Year ….
On behalf of the Perceptive team, can we wish each and every one of you all the very best for a great 2018- and thanks for all the kind comments and feedback on your weekly Insider over the last year. We’re planning a few changes including client news highlights.
And so to the start of another political year. Scotland has no scheduled elections until the next Holyrood general election in 2021 – but it’d be a braver person than me that reckons we won’t have another Westminster election before then!
As 2018 was arriving, Scotland’s party leaders issued their new year messages. For the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon highlighted the Year of the Young People, saying it was important to recognise their “incredible contribution”. Ruth Davidson, of the Scottish Conservatives, said Scotland had “a lot to look forward to”, including hosting the European Athletics Championships.
Scottish Labour’s Richard Leonard said his party would seek changes for Scotland’s poorest youngsters. Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, called for more unity following the divisive politics of recent years, and Scottish Green Party co-conveners Maggie Chapman and Patrick Harvie said 2018 could be a year of progress on human rights and public services. In full: 2018 leaders messages
First out of the traps seeking more of a consensus was the Scottish National Party, who are calling on Labour to work with other opposition parties to keep Britain in the single market and customs union after Brexit. Its Commons leader Ian Blackford MP has asked for help to stop the “catastrophic damage” of “extreme” Brexit, saying “It is time for MPs of all parties to put politics aside.” Mr Blackford said he would invite other opposition leaders to a summit on Monday (8 January) when MPs return from the Christmas recess.
And finally… veteran pollster and political scientist John Curtice has been given a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year honours list. The veteran psephologist has been honoured for his high-profile work in political analysis. His 2017 election exit poll correctly predicted the Conservatives would lose their majority.
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