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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 ahead of October retail sales, host of 2-tier economic data

The U.S. Treasuries suffered during Fridays afternoon session ahead of the countrys retail sales for the month of October, scheduled to be released today by 13:30GMT. In addition, a host of 2-tier economic data are also...

UK gilts fall as investors remain side-lined amid muted trading session

The United Kingdoms gilts fell during European trading hours Friday as investors remained side-lined amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. The yield on the benchmark 10-year...

German bunds narrowly mixed after Eurozone October CPI meets estimates, unchanged from prior

The German bunds remained mixed during European session of the last trading session of the week Friday after the eurozones consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of October remained unchanged from that in September,...

USD/CNY likely to remain range-bound for now, says Commerzbank

The USD/CNY currency pair is expected to remain range trading for now, given the fact that safe havens JPY and CHF are no longer trading at the extreme levels seen last night but USD/JPY and EUR/CHF have not really...

Protracted trade war continues to weigh on Indonesia's export sector, IDR well-supported for time being

The protracted trade war continues to weigh on Indonesias export sector as imports contract given the governments efforts to limit the current account deficit, ING Economics reported. Outbound shipments from Indonesia...

Politics

What happens to the East Wing if Donald Trump and Melania Trump get divorced

Even before winning the election, Donald Trumps statements and actions during campaign rallies were enough to cause a string of controversies. It was then not surprising that it continued even after he won the 2016...

Donald Trump reportedly implies Melania Trump would not cry if he got shot

Melania Trump and Donald Trump have been relentlessly hounded by divorce rumors after the latter was elected the President of the United States. They have denied such claims and insisted their marriage is going well, but a...

What a minority government could mean for affordable housing in Canada

Along with climate change, affordable housing was one of the big issues of the recent Canadian federal election, with political parties scrambling to catch up with public opinion. The widespread concern among the...

Will Canada finally get pharmacare?

When I had lymphoma 12 years ago, I needed to take the drug filgrastim (Neupogen) to get my white blood cell count high enough that I could take my next chemotherapy treatment on time. Before prescribing it, my oncologist...

Government to announce more home care packages for aged before Christmas

More federal government money will be announced within weeks for home care for the aged, after a damning royal commission finding that many people die before their packages arrive. Scott Morrison on Friday said he had...

Science

Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here's a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future

British-born scientist M. Stanley Whittingham, of Binghamton University, was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. L-R: John Goodenough;...

Advances in anti-ageing research: how chemistry could hold the key to better health

Given the opportunity to live much longer lives, many of us might feel less than thrilled at the prospect. After all, you might think, who would want to live an extra 20 years dealing with arthritis, dementia or heart...

Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe's greatest mysteries

As an astronomer, there is no better feeling than achieving first light with a new instrument or telescope. It is the culmination of years of preparations and construction of new hardware, which for the first time collects...

Predicting research results can mean better science and better advice

We ask experts for advice all the time. A company might ask an economist for advice on how to motivate its employees. A government might ask what the effect of a policy reform will be. To give the advice, experts often...

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....

Technology

iOS 14 is anticipated with new screen modes, 5G support

If there is one thing that tech fans can certainly count on for 2020, it is the announcement and later release of iOS 14. Apple has not missed a year without announcing new operating systems for its products, and it is...

Pixelbook Go: Is it more priceworthy than the 2017-released Pixelbook?

This year, Google updated its lineup of Chromebooks with the launch of the Pixelbook Go. One of the most noticeable differences it has, then the 2017-released Pixelbook, is its price. However, it might also not be too...

AirPods Pro: Is it time for a costly AirPods upgrade?

Many were surprised when Apple was heavily rumored to release an all-new wireless earbuds just several months since the launch of the AirPods 2. But the company actually did when it announced AirPods Pro in October...

iPhone SE 2 release date set in the first half of 2020 with new iPad Pro

Before 2019 ends, more information about the iPhone SE 2 is getting leaked. It has been reported for a while now that the device would be unveiled sometime in early 2020. However, a newer report suggests that it is not the...

Tesla unveils electric pickup ‘Cybertruck’ on November 21

Tesla will close 2019 with one more major announcement. Its highly anticipated all-electric pickup, now commonly dubbed as Cybertruck, is confirmed to be unveiled on Thursday, Nov. 21. Talks about the Tesla Cybertruck...
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