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Parliament’s Magazine

NO.1580 • VOLUME 40 • 5 MAY 2017

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ON THE COVER

8THE BATTLE FOR WALES Can the Conservatives win in Wales? James Millar reports as the campaign gets underway

INTERVIEW

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1997: 20 YEARS ON Caroline Flint and Caroline Spelman reflect on how the women of the ‘97 intake changed Parliament

FEATURE

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IN THE MARGINS As we enter the short campaign, we talk to five former marginal winners to get their Dos and Don’ts

REGULARS 4 FIRST READING 6 COMMONS DIARY Graham Allen 7 ANUSHKA ASTHANA David Cameron’s EU gamble ended in personal failure, but may have finally fixed the Tories’ bitter divide 12 CAMPAIGN DIARIES Labour’s Paul Flynn and Lib Dem candidate Eluned Parrott 18 DEPARTING THOUGHTS Eric Pickles and Alan Haselhurst reflect on their Westminster careers 36 LORDS DIARY Lord Cormack 38 REVIEWS ELECTION 2017 22 MANIFESTO PREVIEW Dods political consultant Arpinder Baryana on how the manifestos are shaping up on defence and foreign aid 23 DEFENSIVE POSITION Andrew Dorman on the defence and security challenges facing the next government 26 AID MEMOIR By committing to international development, the next government can show its commitment to becoming Global Britain, writes David Hulme 28 GISELA STUART Labour has to have a voice in the national debate which will shape the country for a generation 29 LORD HOWELL Brexit will dominate the election campaign – but when Parliament returns we can unite around a positive vision for Britain’s future

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Twenty years after the general election which saw a record 120 women returned as MPs, women still have to ‘keep rolling the boulder up a hill’. So argues Boni Sones, executive producer of Women’s Parliamentary Radio [p34]. Two members of the 1997 intake, Caroline Flint and Caroline Spelman, reflect on the changes in Commons life 20 years on [p32]. Sir Eric

Pickles also reflects on his political career [p18]. In a recent radio interview he had to concede that on balance the women who make it to parliament might just be a bit better than the men.

The total domination of Scotland by the SNP was the big story of the 2015 general election. Could Wales hog the limelight this time round? James Millar [p8] talks to some of the candidates.

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