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Brexit Briefing No. 86: A Brave New Europe? (Week Beginning 27th May 2019).

Attention this week turned to the future, or at least the immediate future.

In London, the resignation of British Prime Minister Theresa May sparked the opening salvos of a leadership campaign which will not only provide the next leader of the Conservative Party, but also the next British Prime Minister.

Meanwhile in Brussels, leadership campaigns were also underway for the top jobs in the European institutions. The aftermath of the European elections, which saw significant gains for Euro critical parties, and a severe reduction in the number of seats for the two largest groups, will complicate the upcoming battles.

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Meanwhile, as we chose our leader...

Ben Habib (elected MEP in June 2019) writes:

As I hurtled towards the big EU machine on the Eurostar from London St Pancras, I had initially intended this post-induction piece to be a light-hearted reflection on my first experiences in Brussels. The beer was good, the bureaucracy was bad – that sort of thing.

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Why Labour’s Latest Housing Policy Will Cost You £375 a Year.

Labour want to tell you they’ve released a raft of housing policies to address rising land prices in the UK. What they don’t want you to know is their plans involve a new national "progressive property tax" on every home. That tax will cost you on average £375 more in tax every year. 

And what they really don’t want you to know is that family homes like those with gardens will pay even more under their new plans.

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Results of the first leadership ballot of MP's.

The first ballot of Conservative Members of Parliament has been held.

The Parliamentary Party cast their votes for the next Leader of the Conservative Party.

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Unemployment Claimant Count Rate - May 2019.

The latest position for May 2019 shows that Staffordshire’s unemployment claimant count rate has remained the same as in April 2019 at 1.7%, although there has been a slight increase (285) in the number of claimants. The rate in Staffordshire remains one of the lowest rates out of the 14 strategic authorities in the West Midlands, and well below the national rate of 2.7%. In Stoke-on-Trent the claimant rate has remained at 3.9%, with 6,330 claimants showing a slight increase of 150 on the previous month.

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