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Chris Stafford

Chris Stafford

Doctoral Researcher, University of Nottingham
I am currently a PhD student at the University of Nottingham within the Politics and International Relations Department. My thesis focuses on the nature of congruence between British MPs, their constituents and their Party leadership during the 2016 EU Referendum and issues of democracy and representation that arise from this.

More generally, I am interested in representation and democratic reform in Westminster parliamentary systems, primarily those of the U.K. and Canada.

UK general election: when and how could it happen?

Sep 06, 2019 07:51 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Despite repeatedly insisting he didnt want a general election, Johnson has now tried and failed to get parliament to support one. It now looks like hell try again or seek a vote by some other route. Having lost his...

No-deal Brexit: does latest parliamentary vote make it less likely?

Jul 21, 2019 11:54 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

MPs voted on July 18 to back an attempt to stop the UK government from shutting down parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit in late October. Four cabinet ministers abstained and 17 Conservative MPs rebelled over...

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will compete to become the UK's next prime minister – but could either win an election?

Jun 21, 2019 01:42 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The final two contenders for the leadership of the Conservative Party, and therefore the UK, are now known. Boris Johnson will go up against Jeremy Hunt in a vote to be held among the Conservative Partys 160,000...

European elections guide: how to vote if you support Brexit

May 20, 2019 22:31 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The European Elections werent supposed to involve the UK. But the UK is still a member of the EU, having failed to agree a Brexit deal, so it is obliged to hold elections for the European Parliament. Excluding the...

Brexit: Theresa May survives confidence vote, but Brussels is in charge now

Jan 20, 2019 09:29 am UTC| Insights & Views

Just 24 hours after suffering a historic defeat in parliament over her Brexit deal, the prime minister has survived a vote of no confidence in her government thanks to the support of her backbench MPs. Up until this...

Boris Johnson's 'leadership speech': how to understand what he was really up to at party conference

Oct 04, 2018 15:56 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

After months spent criticising the government and even launching personal attacks, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson appeared to confirm his leadership intentions with a wide ranging, party-leadership style speech at...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries suffer amid muted trading hours ahead of September retail sales

The U.S. Treasuries suffered during Mondays afternoon session amid a muted trading day that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the countrys retail sales for the month of September, scheduled to be...

UK gilts jump ahead of August employment report, 10-year auction

The United Kingdoms gilts jumped during European trading hours Monday ahead of the countrys employment report for the month of August and the 10-year auction, both scheduled for October 15 by 08:30GMT and 09:45GMT...

German bunds mixed ahead of October ZEW economic sentiment, eurozone September CPI

The German bunds remained mixed during European session of the first trading day of the week Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index for the month of October, scheduled to be released on October 15 by...

Plunging U.S. inflation expectations likely to keep Fed on an easing course, says ING Economics

Plunging inflation expectations in the United States at a time of weakness in business surveys suggests the Fed will cut interest rates again in October, according to a recent research report from ING Economics. US...

Australian bonds plunge ahead of September policy meeting minutes, employment report

The Australian government bonds plunged during Asian trading session Monday as investors await the Reserve Bank of Australias (RBA) September monetary policy meeting minutes, scheduled to be released on October 15 by...

Politics

Melania Trump reacts to Donald Trump cheating allegations

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have always been in the limelight since they tied the knot. But the status of their marriage has become much more exposed to public speculations once they occupied the White House. Many...

Melania Trump: Is she distancing herself from Donald Trump’s political woes?

The past weeks have been hectic for the Trump administration, especially after an impeachment inquiry has been officially launched in the Congress in late September against President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, it is hard not...

How a 1905 debate about 'tainted' Rockefeller money is a reminder of ethical dilemmas today

Many nonprofits, including top universities and museums are confronting serious ethical dilemmas regarding accepting tainted money. The MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab, has been widely criticized for...

Trump's bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency

Whatever Donald Trump does, Richard Nixon usually did it first and better. Nixon got a foreign governments help to win a presidential election over 50 years ago. Trumps imitation of the master has proven far from...

Backing Putin: Russia's middle class is no longer a catalyst for democratic change

A wave of protests rocked Moscow and scores of other cities across Russia between 2011 and 2013. The demonstrators called for free and fair elections and some even demanded an end to the Putin regime. Many Russian...

Science

NASA rover allegedly captures an image proving there's life on Mars

It has been decades since humans started launching missions to space. At this point, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has already sent numerous rovers to Mars to observe the several sections of the...

Elon Musk reminded NASA it can share SpaceX’s IP to anyone; Agency unwilling to do so due to security concern

Elon Musk and NASAs partnership has been standing on rocky ground in recent months as the Commercial Crew endeavor has been delayed. The mission aims to put American astronauts to space using SpaceXs services, opting to...

NASA unveils the design of new spacesuit for Moon landing mission in 2024

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been preparing for its next Moon landing mission that will be taking place within the next few years. One of the important things the agency has been working on...

ESA detects 46-foot wide asteroid approaching Earth much closer than usual in 2084

A 46-foot asteroid was recently detected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is making headlines even though its next Earth close-approach will not happen within the next decades. Certain qualities of the asteroid have...

NASA asteroid watch confirms 7 more space rocks are approaching Earth this weekend

Several asteroids have come close to the Earth over the previous days, and a few more will approach the planet this weekend. Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have detected that seven...

Technology

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ release date: Game director said giving NPCs unique name was quite the difficult feat

The Last of Us Part 2 is only a few months away, and Naughty Dog is ramping up the marketing campaign for the game. In recent weeks, the developers have been drip-feeding information about the title, and the gaming...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ release date: Developers doesn’t want microtransaction in the game; Fears backlash from players

Cyberpunk 2077 made an appearance in this years PAX Aus, and the developers have shared new details about the much-anticipated title. Among them briefly focused on the games story. Whats currently known is that...

‘GTA 6’ release date: Massive clue regarding sixth installment dropped by ‘GTA 5’ voice actor

A new GTA 6 narrative has emerged that got the gaming community buzzing with excitement. While there have been a lot of rumors involving the sixth entry for the lucrative series, this one is particularly intriguing given...

‘Death Stranding’ release date: Game doesn’t have a traditional death system in place, Hideo Kojima revealed

To say that Death Stranding is a confusing game is a bit of an understatement. Even with the title less than a month away from launch, the gaming community still doesnt have a concrete idea of what the game is about or the...

iPhone's iOS 13 update exposes iPhones to security risks and various usage issues

iOS 13 update was released by Apple for its iPhone customers last month. It offers many cool new features, but users might want to reconsider updating their units after bugs have been detected. Just a day after the...
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