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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

US imposes 25% duties on French goods in digital tax row

The US imposed 25 percent more duties on $1.3 billion value of French imports in response to Frances digital services tax. However, it is holding off from collecting the additional duties to allow further time to...

Chinese banks brace being cut off US dollar supply

Chinese banks are preparing contingency plans if US legislation causes them to be cut off from US dollars or lose access to US dollar settlements as a penalty for serving officials implementing the new national security...

Owners of multiple homes in S. Korea to be assessed with steeper taxes

South Korea will raise property ownership tax rates on people who own three or more homes from a range of 0.6 to 3.2 percent to a scope of 1.2 to 6 percent to curb housing prices. Companies with multiple homes will be...

Chinese banks asked to prepare for sharp increase in bad loans

Chinas financial regulator warned its banks to brace for a big jump in bad loans due to the pandemics effects, resulting in sharply slowing profit growth or profits decline. According to Chinas Banking and Insurance...

Singapore's Sembcorp Marine, GE bag deal for giant UK wind farm

Singapores Sembcorp Marine and its consortium partner GE Renewable Energys Grid Solutions have been tapped by German utility company RWE to supply the electrical transmission system for the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm. The...

Politics

Donald Trump: POTUS' former lawyer Michael Cohen brought back to jail

There have been a handful of aides of Donald Trump that was sent to jail, including his former lawyer Michael Cohen. In the midst of the pandemic, Cohen was ordered to be brought back to jail to continue serving his...

Donald Trump: Supreme Court rules POTUS's taxes to be released to Grand Jury

For a long time, Donald Trump has tried to evade the efforts to show his tax returns and his other financial records. Now it appears impossible for Trump to evade any longer as the Supreme Court ruled that it be released...

Melania Trump: FLOTUS visits the Mary Elizabeth House

First lady, Melania Trumps Be Best initiative, puts the overall well-being of children front and center. Recently, Mrs. Trump visited the Mary Elizabeth House to personally deliver some care packages to the staff and...

Melania Trump: New tell-all book reportedly 'thrashes the First Lady and here's its release date

Melania Trump will surely hug the headlines again once the new tell-all book about her is published. This can be controversial and filled with explosive claims since the author is the First Ladys former confidante who was...

Science

Paleontologists discover pocket-sized ancestor of the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are more commonly believed to be large living beings, from being similar in size to a child to as massive as a house or even a small building. However, paleontologists recently discovered fossilized remains of...

Dilophosaurus shown in 'Jurassic Park' is more bird-like than lizard, says scientists

The Dilophosaurus was made famous through the Jurassic Park movie and is shown as having a similar appearance to a lizard. However, a new study finds that the actual Dilophosaurus did not resemble a lizard, but looked more...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope detects a galaxy moving away from Earth

When it comes to galaxies, many often hear about these celestial objects merging with one another. However, the opposite is not heard about as much. Recently, the Hubble Space Telescope was able to witness just that, with...

New study suggests Cerne Abbas Giant actually dates back to the Medieval period

The Cerne Abbas Giant has been met with some debate regarding its history among archaeologists. Now, a new study suggests that the historic figure may not be as ancient as many may believe it to be. Researchers,...

Technology

‘PUBG Mobile’ Royale Pass Season 14 opens a week after update 0.19.0 is released

The highly anticipated patch 0.19.0 for PUBG Mobile has finally arrived, but not all features launching in this update were released on the first day. Some features, including a special training grounds in Livik, are...

‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’: Blizzard confirms release window in fall

Video game companies, for much of the first half of 2020, learned to adjust to new workplace setups due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Even then, Blizzard Entertainment assures fans that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is...

Poco M2 Pro: $200 smartphone with a quad camera and 33W fast charger

After months of leaks and speculations, the Poco M2 Pro has finally been announced by Poco India. Most of the expected specs and features have now been confirmed for the device, and so is the one caveat that some tech fans...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’: The role of Judy Alvarez and Evelyn Parker in V’s upcoming missions

Night City Wire has done its job of keeping the hype up for Cyberpunk 2077, but a welcome bonus was the unveiling of two non-playable characters named Evelyn Parker and Judy Alvarez. Online discussions prove their brief...
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