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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

Delta Air Lines announces plan to hire 5,000 workers

Delta Air Lines announced that it will be hiring 5,000 new employees as the company starts to work to fully recover from the slump brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been more than a year since the lockdowns...

eBay’s former supervisor sentenced to jail for cyberstalking

eBays former security supervisor, who was also said to be a retired police captain, will be locked up in jail after he was sentenced to an 18-month imprisonment term. He got the verdict as a conspirator in the coordinated...

Facebook suspends sale of Oculus Quest 2 headset after recall announcement

Facebook said on Tuesday, July 27, that it is recalling its Oculus Quest 2 headsets, and about four million devices are affected. In line with the recall, the tech company is also halting the sale of the said virtual...

Google: S. Korea may collect news copyright fees from the tech company soon

Google has been paying copyright fees for news in some countries, and this was after it formed the Google News Showcase, a licensing scheme where the company pays fees to news organizations. While this program was already...

Politics

Capitol insurrection: DOJ will not defend GOP Rep. Mo Brooks against Jan. 6 lawsuit

One of the figures that have been caught up in the long-ranging case surrounding the Capitol insurrection is Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, who was seen at the rally of disgraced former President Donald Trump hours before the...

Nancy Pelosi mocks Kevin McCarthy over House Minority Leader's outrage to mask mandate

House Republicans have been blasting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over several issues as of late, including the January 6 select committee. Pelosi recently mocked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy over his outrage towards...

Kamala Harris voting rights: VP, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland meet with Native American tribe leaders

Leading the Biden administrations efforts in protecting and ensuring voting rights, Vice President Kamala Harris is reaching out to shore up public support in light of GOP-led proposals to restrict voting access. This...

Joe Biden to reportedly visit 9/11 Memorial to mark 20th anniversary

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attack on the US. US President Joe Biden is said to be visiting the 9/11 memorial in September to mark the occasion. Biden will reportedly be visiting the 9/11 Memorial...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

Sony sells 10 million PS5 units as of July 18

In less than two months, Sony announced that its new-generation console, PlayStation 5, has achieved yet another milestone in terms of sales performance. The company also confirmed that the new first-party IP Returnal has...

Apple patent hints at in-screen Touch ID and Face ID solution

Under-display or in-screen solutions for parts like selfie cameras and fingerprint scanners are becoming more common these days. And a recently granted patent suggests Apple has plans to improve this technology that could...

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 leaks with triple-camera and a massive bump

People who are big fans of folding devices might already have their first look at the next Microsoft Surface Duo. At first glance, several changes can be easily spotted, but the most prominent design tweak has to be the...

Disney+ Hotstar to launch affordable mobile-only plans in India

The launch of Disney+, officially under the name Disney+ Hotstar, in India was one of the latest significant expansions of one of the rising streaming giants. And the company aims to attract more subscribers with the...

2022 Toyota Tundra is confirmed to launch this fall

Toyota recently released a series of teaser photos that highlight some of the features confirmed for the upcoming 2022 Toyota Tundra. While a release date for the vehicle is still unknown, one of the official images is...
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