Senior Lecturer in Politics, Lancaster University
My research is chiefly concerned with UK Politics, with particular reference to the relationship between ideas and practice; the Conservative Party; and think tanks.
Among other books and articles, I am the co-author (with David Denver) of British General Elections since 1964 (Oxford University Press, 2014: second edition in preparation)
On his first visit to the prime ministers country retreat at Chequers, the Liberal Democrat minister David Laws was reminded of the setting for an Agatha Christie film, where most of the guests would be murdered. Six years...