Rory is running as an independent candidate for Mayor of London. This follows almost ten years as an MP, during which time he served as Secretary of State for International Development, Prisons Minister, Minister for Africa, and Minister for the Environment.
Rory resigned from the cabinet in July following the election of Boris Johnson, and subsequently resigned from the Conservative party.
The shifting sands of British politics: where do we go from here?
Following the EU Referendum, the shape of UK politics has changed. The left vs right divide has lost much of its relevance. Will the political environment be shaped forever by the leave vs remain split? Or is it more a question of open vs closed, liberal vs authoritarian?
We urgently need to find a way forward that will enable us to address the fundamental challenges of our times. What lies ahead and how will the traditional political parties fare in this new environment?
Philip Collins, journalist, author and political commentator
The main political parties in the UK are pulling apart, adopting ever more extreme positions. As a result, large swathes of the population feel that they have lost their political ‘home.’ This, coupled with anti-democratic forces in the world at large – for example, the power of technology to micro-target voters and spread falsehoods – has led to extreme dysfunction within the political system and even greater disillusion with politics in the population.
How can we get back the political systems that we undoubtedly need to enable us to face up to the threats and challenges so evident in today’s world?