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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 continue downtrend on Brexit deal optimism wave, BoE Governor Carney’s speech eyed

The United Kingdoms gilts continued to down-trend during European trading hours Friday as optimism continued to flood market sentiments ahead of the Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carneys speech, scheduled to be...

China likely to maintain full year growth at 6.0 pct in 2019, unless GDP growth falls below 5.5 pct y/y in Q4, says ANZ Research

With Chinas gross domestic product (GDP) having expanded 6.2 percent on a year-to-date basis in Q3, it is expected that the economy will maintain full year growth at 6.0 percent in 2019, unless GDP growth falls below 5.5...

EM Asian currencies likely to prop up as U.S. and China remain on track to reach a partial trade deal, says Scotiabank

The emerging market Asian currencies, including the yuan are expected to prop up for the rest of the year as the United States and China remain on track to reach a partial trade deal, according to the latest research...

Australian bonds flat in muted session after market sentiments improve following breakthrough Brexit deal

The Australian government bonds remained flat during Asian session of the last trading day of the week Friday amid otherwise muted hours that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, market sentiments...

UK gilts plunge on investor optimism from new Brexit deal, clearing path to end ties with EU

The United Kingdoms gilts plunged during European trading hours Thursday tracking an array of optimism from market participants after Britain and the European Union reached a deal on Brexit, which further cleared the...

Politics

Donald Trump’ tax records have ‘discrepancies’ between reports to lenders and authorities

President Donald Trump has had very interesting and hectic weeks recently. The Democrats-led Congress launched an impeachment inquiry. He is also continuously catching heat after abruptly pulling out US troops from Syria,...

Melania Trump admits she advises Donald Trump about his tweets sometimes

Even before Donald Trump occupied the White House, he has been infamous for his no-holds-barred tweets. But the title of United States President attached to his name for more than two years now, his online posts and rants...

Donald Trump’s alleged habit of ‘unwanted touching’ of women continues just before proposing to Melania Trump

Many people, especially the critics, have been having a hard time believing that the marriage and relationship between Donald Trump and Melania Trump are as good as they say it is. One of the pressing issues anchored to...

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...

Science

Asteroid impact that could end humanity is happening, space nation leader claims

Asteroids are the most common space objects that fly by Earth almost daily. Some of them were detected too close to the time of their close approach, but there has never been an impact that took place in modern history....

NASA mysterious image shows UFO near the Sun

Photos and videos from satellites of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have captured over the previous decades have provided the world a much clearer view of outer space. However, some of its images...

Blood pressure level and how it is affected by coffee and alcohol intake

Blood pressure is one of the vital signs that medical practitioners routinely look into to determine an individual medical state. With that, people of certain age groups need to maintain a healthy blood pressure level...

Cancer cure research successfully heals mice of cervical cancer

There appears to be a long road ahead before scientists could finally develop a complete cure for cancer. On the bright side, the availability of advanced technologies in the medical science field like the CRISPR-Cas9...

HIV cure studies major advancements reported in 2019 spark hope

Finding a cure that would eliminate HIV from the body remains one of the biggest challenges in humanity. However, there have been numerous studies published this year alone that seemed to have proven that, ultimately, HIV...

Technology

‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ release date: New image leak suggests Naga might be a playable race

Following the announcement of Warcraft 3: Reforged last year, Blizzard went back into its studio and went radio silence about the game. For months, most of the news trickling on the web are coming from rumors and...

Fitbit Versa 2 not having a GPS is frustrating users; Other features also deliver a mediocre experience

Fitbit Versa 2 is now over one month old, and reviews about the wearable have started to pour on the web. Depending on where you stand, the sequel can be a hit or miss as its quite strong in some aspects but frustratingly...

‘Diablo 4’ may be announced in BlizzCon 2019 but it’s unlikely to overshadow Blizzard’s recent PR blunder

Diablo 4 is arguably one of the most requested Blizzard games by fans as its been already eight years since the third entry was released. Unfortunately, the company has been rather stubborn in creating the sequel, which...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’: Axed multiplayer mode to be released as a spinoff?

The year 2020 is going to be huge for the gaming industry with The Last of Us Part 2, and other highly anticipated AAA titles are now confirmed to go live next year. However, in the case of Naughty Dogs next major project,...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ could have the same DLC strategy as ‘The Witcher 3’

The launching of Cyberpunk 2077 is closer than ever, but certain details about its gameplay and post-launch roadmap remain unknown. Recent interviews with developers from CD Projekt Red suggest that the company has yet to...
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