28 July 2022
With the Conservative leadership contest underway, what is the country as a whole to make of the various pledges being made by the remaining candidates? What promises are credible? What will be the impact of the policies being proposed? And what might be the implications for faith in our politics, were it to transpire that a candidate was elected on a false prospectus? Full Fact and UK in a Changing Europe have partnered to produce a series of evidence led, research-based assessments of the key issues in this Conservative leadership contest. To do this, we brought together a group of leading experts from respected institutions including the Health Foundation, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and the Royal United Services Institute. We asked each of them to consider, based on the findings of their own research, the challenges confronting the incoming Prime Minister in their area of expertise, the immediate and longer-term issues they will need to address, and the potential implications of any choices they might make. Contents: Macroeconomics by Stephen Millard; Tax and Spend by Ben Zaranko; Economic Inequality by Robert Joyce; Education by Carole Willis; Climate, the Environment and Net Zero by Gareth Redmond-King; Health and Social Care by Anita Charlesworth; Immigration by Madeleine Sumption and Peter William Walsh ; Brexit by Anand Menon; Housing and Planning by Paul Cheshire; Security, Defence and Foreign Affairs by Malcolm Chalmers; The Union by Nicola McEwen; Faith and Trust in Politics by Will Jennings and Gerry Stoker.