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European Parliament Elections – What to watch out for

Ignore headline hysteria about a populist takeover of the EU. Rather, today’s European Parliament elections should prove to be yet another chapter in the story of how the public’s faith in institutions is ebbing away, leading to more volatile policy-making ahead.
Watch out for how many seats are won by:

  • Orban’s Fidesz (current 11,…
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Forget Brexit

  • Cross-party talks resume tomorrow but they are almost entirely irrelevant
    • Even if the leadership teams can agree on something, the lack of discipline within both parties leaves them unable to be sure if their own MPs will back it
      • Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has his own anti-Corbyn centrist “
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    UK Local Elections Primer

    Another day and another election! As Brenda from Bristol would say… Not another one!
    Seats up for grabs

    • Elections take place in 248 English and 11 Northern Irish councils, along with 6 mayorships
      • This equates to over 8,800 councillors being elected
      • Just over half of these are Conservative
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    Helen Thomas CFA

    Helen Thomas CFA has almost two decades of experience working in financial markets for banks and fund managers. Most recently she was Head of Currency Alpha at SSGA. She was also an adviser to the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne and Director of the Financial Markets Reform Programme at Policy Exchange. She’s a Board Member of CFA UK and a Freeman of the City of London.

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