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Matthew Cole

Matthew Cole

Teaching Fellow, Department of History, University of Birmingham

I am an historian of modern Britain with a particular interest in twentieth century constitutional and party politics, and local history.

As a Morrell Scholar at the University of York between 1984 and 1987 I examined the relationship between the work of John Stuart Mill and the arguments used to support campaigns to widen the franchise in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain.

I was awarded a Research Associateship of the Open University between 1998 and 2001 to examine the determinants of British parties’ attitudes to constitutional reform, and was awarded the PSA’s David Butler Prize in 1998 for research on policy towards electoral reform.

Between 2007 and 2011 the Scurrah Wainwright Trust funded my research into the history of the Liberal Party in the twentieth century, particularly to produce a biography of Richard Wainwright, former MP for the Colne Valley.

My current research continues to focus on recent Liberal Party and Liberal Democrat history, and is also in the field of Birmingham social and cultural history.

In 2014 I was awarded a grant by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd to undertake 'Liberalism in Power', a study of the impact upon their image and fortunes of Liberal Democrat MPs at the 2015 general election of their party's participation in government.

Boris Johnson: what first 24 hours reveal about new prime minister's prospects

Jul 26, 2019 09:02 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

It seems that more has been said about the Boris Johnson premiership in 24 hours than was said about his predecessor, Theresa May, during her whole three years in Number 10. Certainly, the new prime minister is intent on...

Brexit breakthrough? May and Corbyn will meet to find a compromise

Apr 03, 2019 10:29 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

There is some good news about Brexit. The magic eye picture of Britains policy is beginning to emerge from the random pixels of the referendum campaigns promises and threats to a shadowy image of compromise. But there are...

How Brexit brought Britain's constitution to the brink

Apr 01, 2019 17:26 pm UTC| Insights & Views

It would be amusing but unhealthy at the moment to host a drinking game based on the use of the phrase constitutional crisis. The term has been uttered 155 times in parliament since the EU referendum (38 times in 2019 and...

Why an oath to 'British values' just isn't British

Jan 08, 2017 02:34 am UTC| Insights & Views Life Politics

According to three-time British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin: An Englishman is all right, as long as he is content to be what God made him an Englishman. Three generations later, another Worcestershire Tory Cabinet...

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Economy

UK gilts gain in muted trading day amid Brexit worries, global recessionary fears

The United Kingdoms gilts gained during European trading hours Tuesday, amid a muted session that barely witnessed any data of major economic significance. However, fears of a global economic breakdown and possibilities of...

German bunds surge ahead of 30-year auction, August manufacturing PMI

The German bunds surged during European trading session Tuesday ahead of the countrys super-long 30-year auction, scheduled to be held on August 21 by 15:10GMT and the manufacturing PMI for the similar month, due for...

Australia’s ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence falls last week, closes below long-term average

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence fell 2.3 percent last week, closing below the long-term average. The fall was driven by weakness in economic conditions, with current falling 3.8 percent and future losing a...

Australian bonds suffer following ease in global recession fears; RBA hints at further easing

The Australian government bonds suffered during Asian session of the second trading day of the week Tuesday following investors improved appetite after global recession fears eased, tracking hopes of stimuli from major...

ECB likely to cut deposit rate by 10bp in September meeting; prepares new stimulus: says Rabobank

Finally, the speculation that Lagarde might lose her ECB nomination should Von der Leyen have failed to cross the line can also be put to rest, even though the European Parliament still has to official confirm her as ECB...

Politics

Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin argue over their response to massive protests

French President Emmanuel Macron is the latest world leader to meet with Russias Vladimir Putin. He arrived in France on Monday for an official state visit. While in the country, Putin and Macron are expected to hold a...

Trevor Noah’s satirical theory suggests Donald Trump wants to get rid of Melania Trump

Both critics and supporters of Melania Trump and Donald Trump had recently been talking about one thing. It was Trevor Noahs theory that the President is allegedly weaving his immigration policies with the endgame of...

Donald Trump loves that Melania Trump agrees with him about the prenup

The marriage of United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump is possibly one of the most followed subjects in the media today. Since Mr. Trump is known for being a wealthy man, many might be wondering...

Prototype of a nuclear missile that Vladimir Putin bragged about allegedly failed

This month marks the 20-year milestone of Russian President Vladimir Putins political career. However, it has been marred with a series of pro-democracy protests in Moscow as well as the death of five scientists from a...

To restore trust in government, we need to reinvent how the public service works

Around the world, the most informed and effective public servants are changing the way they develop policy and services. Australian public servants are eager to do the same, but their leaders are not supporting them to do...

Science

Cryptic genetic variation: the hidden changes in your DNA that could produce new diseases

Rarely has our environment changed so quickly. On top of climate change, were exposing ourselves to air pollutants, microplastics and unprecedented levels of fat, salt and sugar in our food. Environmental change is one...

Lab studies suggest medicinal plants can help repair human bone and tissue

Theres been a rise in recent years of biomedical engineering techniques that can restore lost tissue and bone. If youve been in a car crash, for instance, there are ways to restore or repair the lost body part or damaged...

Environmental destruction is a war crime, but it's almost impossible to fall foul of the laws

An open letter from 24 scientists published in Nature last month calls on governments to draft a new Geneva Convention dedicated to protecting the environment during armed conflict. This inspired a number of headlines...

HIV/AIDS deaths drop despite lack of complete cure

The HIV and AIDS epidemic has been a global challenge for decades. Unfortunately, a complete cure that would kill HIV and AIDS from a patients body is still unavailable. But that does not mean there is no other way to...

Donald Trump’s cancer cure promise still needs proof

Scientists around the world have reported strides in developing more advanced treatments for cancer while the complete cure is still unavailable. Illnesses like cancer are some of the major concerns for many households,...

Technology

Rosario Dawson, Idris Elba headline ‘NBA 2K20’s’ MyCAREER Story

Fans may have noticed that the announcement of gameplay details of NBA 2K20 arrived relatively later than usual. But the complete teaser for new MyCAREER Story might make up for the long wait. Video game publisher 2K...

Longer roadmap for “The Sims 4” delays 'The Sims 5' launch

Within a few weeks, it is going to be full five years since The Sims 4 was originally released on Windows PC. In the life simulation games franchise, that amount of time is usually what it takes for them to release a new...

‘The Elder Scrolls 6’ release date: Sixth entry maybe 6 years away from hitting the shelves

The Elder Scrolls 6 will be quite the ambitious endeavor for Bethesda Studio as Todd Howards vision for the next entry is unlike anything thats been done before. In fact, Howard said that the next entry would be developed...

‘Age of Empires 4´release date: Is Microsoft planning gameplay reveal on Gamescom?

The excitement surrounding Age of Empires 4 is now at a boiling point as Gamescom has officially started. Creative director Adam Isgreen previously said that theyre still undecided what event will feature the...

Pocophone F2 release date: Xiaomi maintains its silence about the sequel despite the series celebrating its anniversary this month

Now that the Pocophone F2 and the Redmi K20 have been proven to be different devices, its now time to speculate what the specs of the former will be. The reason why people initially assumed that both devices are one and...
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