The Prime Minister recently set out her vision for a new ‘shared society’ alongside her promise to transform mental health care. University of Manchester PHD researcher Susan Oman, questions Theresa May’s commitment to mental health research, how it presents opportunities to understand what a sharing society might be, and how it might support improved wellbeing. […]
British Sociology and politics: an important rhetorical shift?
Theresa May and her colleagues will soon be returning to Parliament following the summer recess, when the real test of her premiership begins. Her use of sociological research in her maiden speech was noteworthy, says Gibson Burrell. What was remarkable about Theresa May’s rhetoric outside Number 10 as she returned from kissing the Queen’s hand […]
Is the new PM planning to unite the UK through social justice?
Will Brexit Britain adopt a new social justice agenda? Dr Kathryn Simpson thinks that is the new Prime Minister’s plan – and here she explains how inequality and economic insecurity played a role in the EU Referendum outcome. The State of Play Since the EU referendum result on 23 June the domestic political implications for […]
Net migration target remains nebulous
Given that it is the central focus of UK immigration policy, it is striking that the actual number of the net migration target and its statistical justification has remained so nebulous, says Dr Laurence Brown. “Net migration” was a key term that dominated Home Secretary Theresa May’s recent speech at the Conservative party conference. In […]
A Tale of Two Speeches?
What does the Conservative election victory mean for the North of England and higher education? Professor Andy Westwood interprets the signals. Just in case you didn’t know, the Northern Powerhouse is ‘GO’ and was confirmed in today’s Queens Speech. George Osborne reaffirmed his commitment to the idea almost immediately after he and the Conservatives won […]
Locked up in Limbo
Indefinite detention of asylum seekers and refugees in the ‘abusive’ Immigration Removal Centres such as Yarl’s Wood is a scandal and a stain on the UK’s reputation, argues Dr Claire Fox. The UK’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees came under severe, critical, scrutiny last week. A report was published by two All Party Parliamentary […]