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It Could Happen Here - Professor Sophie Harman
27 May 2020

It couldn’t happen here. A one-off event, at first as big as the 2008 financial crisis, and then equal to if not bigger than the end of the Second World War. Unique in its reach, impact, and cause. Locking down populations, shifting work, school, and childcare patterns, and reorienting whole health, social, political and economic systems to manage a health crisis all seemingly without precedent.

Why the Netanyahus Are Embracing 'Christian Europe' - Dr Toby Greene
18 May 2020

Jewish nationalists defending ‘Christian Europe’ and attacking ‘evil globalism’? For Benjamin Netanyahu and conspiratorial son Yair, the illiberal Islamophobic ethnonationalism of Europe’s radical right is just too enticing.

Advice for the Leader of the opposition - Dr Robert Saunders
16 May 2020

Leading the opposition is an extraordinarily difficult job. In fact, it’s at least four different jobs at the same time, each of which needs different skills.

Covid-19 and British politics: what are the threats and opportunities? Professor Tim Bale
15 May 2020

It’s an ill wind, they say, that blows nobody any good. And the coronavirus crisis is no exception. It’s too early to tell how – or how much – it will change UK politics in the long term. But we can at least make some educated guesses about the short- to medium-term opportunities and threats it presents to the Conservative government and to its Labour opposition.

New report reveals the stark impact of the coronavirus pandemic on parents and key workers
7 May 2020

Experts from the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London have contributed to new research published today which reveals the stark reality of the coronavirus pandemic for parents and keyworkers.

What Happens If A Prime Minister Dies in Office? Dr Robert Saunders
6 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a new problem in our constitutional arrangements. How would we replace a prime minister during a national emergency?


'Expelliarmus, Jeeves!' - Dr Robert Saunders
30 April 2020

If you need a break from Covid-19, here is some light relief. 

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Harry Potter met Jeeves and Wooster? Or if Aunt Agatha dated Lord Voldemort? Our co-director, Robert Saunders, has the answers, in 'Expelliarmus, Jeeves!'

Policy learning in a pandemic: The UK perspective - Dr Patrick Diamond
21 April 2020

Patrick Diamond dissects the UK’s response to the COVID-19 crisis so far and how it has been determined by a number of underlying weaknesses within its policy-making systems – among other things, the British Government’s reluctant attitude towards policy learning and borrowing.

Coronavirus: A Policy Melting Pot by Griffin Shiel
8 April 2020

From a cursory glance at the UK Government’s Coronavirus Action Plan, it would be easy to assume that the virus is almost exclusively an issue for the Department of Health and Social Care. It’s safe to say Professor Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer), Dr Jenny Harries (Deputy Chief Medical Officer) and Matt Hancock (Health Secretary) have had more air time than even they could have imagined.


How pandemic shattered the harmony of medieval Europe’s diverse cities by Professor Miri Rubin
3 April 2020

This article was originally published by The Conversation on 31 March 2020. 

Coronavirus: country comparisons are pointless unless we account for these biases in testing
2 April 2020

New cases daily for COVID-19 in world and top countries.
New cases daily for COVID-19 in world and top countries.

Why Bibi’s less trustworthy than Boris in the Coronavirus crisis by Dr Toby Greene
31 March 2020

A comparison of how British and Israeli leaders are handling the Coronavirus crisis.

This article was originally published by The Times of Israel on 31 March 2020. 

How do Brits react to an epidemic: what can polling from the past tell us?
28 March 2020

by John Kenny, Nick Or, Andra Roescu, Will Jennings (University of Southampton) and Peter K. Enns (Cornell University and Roper Center for Public Opinion Research)

Why a national government now is a dangerous idea by Dr Robert Saunders
25 March 2020

At this moment of crisis the UK needs a constructive opposition, not a compliant one.

This article was originally published by NewStatesman on 25 March 2020.  


COVID-19 and the Transition Period by Professor Tim Bale
20 March 2020

This article was originally published by the UK in a Changing Europe on 19 March 2020. 

16 years on the road to Brexit – Gawain Towler in Conversation at the Mile End Institute
3 March 2020

Gawain Towler served as Director of Communications for the Brexit Party and was previously Head of Press for UKIP. In a special In Conversation event co-hosted by Queen Mary University of London’s Mile End Institute and The UK in a Changing Europe, he reflected on a 16-year political journey towards Brexit.

Brexit shows how a tiny party can have big consequences
3 December 2019

Nigel Farage’s pro-Brexit parties forced the much bigger Conservative Party to live up to its rhetoric. 

The nature of ‘Corbynomics’ – and four key questions it faces
3 December 2019

Nick Garland and Colm Murphy share their thoughts following a Mile End Institute panel on 'Corbynomics'. 

For the U.K.'s Jewish Voters, an Upside Down Choice in the upcoming General Election
26 November 2019

Professor Tim Bale has noted how British Jews are "clearly very worried about Jeremy Corbyn and the direction of the Labour Party". In an article written by Thomas K. Grose for U.S. News

Supreme Court ruling will stop another parliament shutdown, says Professor Peter Hennessy
25 September 2019

Professor Hennessy said that Boris Johnson had “acted with immense insensitivity as well as illegality in advising the Queen to approve an order in council proroguing parliament”.

Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn battles it out with members over Brexit
23 September 2019

Tim Bale, Professor of Politics from Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party and their stance on Brexit. He argues that Corbyn – supposedly a very different leader of the Labour Party and one who promised to be guided by its members – will probably get away with ignoring them when it comes to Brexit.

Co-Director of the MEI, Dr. Robert Saunders, shared his views on the suspension of Parliament on Twitter
28 August 2019

Dr Robert Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, shared his views on the suspension of Parliament on Twitter.

In conversation with Chris Skidmore MP
8 July 2019

Speaking at the Mile End Institute, Chris Skidmore, the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, shared his vision for higher education after Brexit. 

How the Tories became a Brexit death cult in thrall to Boris Johnson
28 June 2019

There is evidence that post-referendum ‘entryism’ has helped drive the Conservatives into ultra-Brexiteer territory. 

UK Parliament The Brexit referendum and the British constitution
30 May 2019

Robert Saunders, a historian at Queen Mary University of London spoke to The Economist about the British Constitution. 

Are referendums the future of British democracy?
26 February 2019

The 2016 Brexit referendum is having a profound impact on how the UK is governed yet for other countries referendums are a regular aspect of the political process. Queen Mary’s Mile End Institute hosted a panel discussion on 25 February to explore this topic.

Nearly three quarters of MPs think Theresa May has done a poor job of negotiating Brexit
9 January 2019

The latest survey shows that the House of Commons has become even more polarised on Brexit. Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, believes this will make the Prime Minister’s job even more difficult.

New poll shows that most members of the Conservative Party would choose no deal over Theresa May’s Brexit plan
4 January 2019

The survey of political party members, led by Professor Tim Bale from Queen Mary University of London, has shed new light on grassroots views on Brexit.

Labour remain popular in the capital whilst nearly a third of Londoners state that they would never vote Conservative, according to new poll
11 December 2018

Nearly half of Londoners would vote Labour in a future general election according to a new poll conducted for the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

Londoners would overwhelmingly vote to remain in the EU rather than leave under terms of Theresa May’s deal, according to new poll
10 December 2018

More than half of Londoners (54 per cent) would vote to remain the EU according to the latest poll conducted for the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

What does Brexit mean for Black and Asian Britain?
30 October 2018

Where does race and ethnicity play out in the Brexit debate? These issues were explored during the latest event held by the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.

Mayor of London drops in popularity
10 September 2018

Increasingly fewer Londoners believe that the Mayor of London, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, is doing a good job, according to the latest poll conducted for the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London.