Another big year ahead

If 2021 was smoother than the previous Covid ravaged year, it was still more challenging than most.

Businesses need certainty, and there was nothing certain when it came to occurrences over the last 12 months.

Indeed, even as we entered 2022, there was a good deal of trepidation about what the New Year has in store – although the government seemed determined to prevent a full-on lockdown of the economy.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, so who came through the blood, sweat, and tears of 2021 with some credit in the world of politics?

Hat tip to the speaker of the House of Commons, Lancashire’s own Lindsay Hoyle, for providing an authoritative and objective voice to a role that had been a little tainted by his predecessor.

On the government benches, Liz Truss ended a strong year with a promotion not just to the role as foreign secretary, but with the additional responsibility of handling further Brexit negotiations. That may make or break her in the coming months.

Businesses need certainty, and there was nothing certain when it came to occurrences over the last 12 months

In opposition, rising star Wes Streeting has made it to the front bench and is already shining in his brief as shadow health minister, having successfully come through a cancer scare earlier in 2021. And Wigan’s Lisa Nandy has been given a role she can really get her teeth into with the ‘Levelling Up’ brief.

Contrarily, it was a poor year for both the Prime Minister and Keir Starmer. The leader of the opposition may go into 2022 in better shape – but that is as much to do with Boris Johnson’s gaff-ridden end-of-year performance than anything else.

Ultimately though, until the pandemic is truly over, the future of our political leaders is harder than ever to predict. The May elections are crucial. Expect a leadership challenge to be launched against the loser.

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