Newgate: Proud sponsors of the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup 2017

From 12 July for ten days Guildford, in Surrey, will see the best women’s lacrosse players in the world competing for the World Cup.  As one of the tier one sponsors Newgate Communications will be taking a close interest, and will be very visible at the event.  We are extremely proud to be involved in what will be the largest elite women’s sporting event in … Continue reading Newgate: Proud sponsors of the FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup 2017

What now for Wales?

In the run-up to one of the most remarkable General Elections in recent years, Welsh politics-watchers were preparing themselves for a seismic shift. The early earthquake warnings had come on April 24th, when a YouGov pre-election opinion poll carried out by the Wales Governance Centre forecast that the Conservatives were on track to win the majority of Parliamentary seats in Wales. That poll made the unprecedented … Continue reading What now for Wales?

The Queen’s Speech 2017

  Overview On 21 June 2017, The Queen set out the Government’s future legislative plans at the State Opening of Parliament. This speech outlines a list of the laws that the Government hopes to have approved by Parliament over the coming two years. This year’s event takes place in unique circumstances, following the snap General Election which resulted in a hung Parliament. Firstly, it had … Continue reading The Queen’s Speech 2017

Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

The article below is taken from June’s Housebuilder magazine. Stephen Byfield, partner at Newgate Communications, bemoans the fact that green belt policy, a 70 year old system of land management, is still dictating what is built where in the UK. I found myself involved in a very interesting discussion this month on the provision of social housing. Specifically, we were talking about Bristol, where a … Continue reading Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

Save the wheat fields: housing and planning under the new Government

Theresa May was much mocked during the election campaign for her claim that the ‘naughtiest thing she had ever done’ was to run through a field of wheat as a child. Ironically, her appointments to the DCLG suggest that fields of wheat – along with any other green fields – are going to perfectly safe under the new Government. In the main, Theresa May’s appointments … Continue reading Save the wheat fields: housing and planning under the new Government

Being Kicked While You’re Down: Theresa May’s Miserable Mandate

At about 4pm on Friday I received a text message from a friend in the higher reaches of the Conservative Party.  What did I think of Gavin Barwell?  And now that he had lost his seat, would I be willing to talk to him about the future, given that he would be a “real catch” and a “big asset”?  Sounded great to me, but before … Continue reading Being Kicked While You’re Down: Theresa May’s Miserable Mandate

Such Crazy Times We’ve Had: Thoughts on May’s self-destructive election

As the crowd gathered last night for the Newgate Election Night Party we were confident about one thing: no matter how poor the Conservative election campaign, no matter how impressive the ‘Jez We Can’ surge, the Tories would secure a bigger Commons majority when the results were announced.  We were absolutely sure.  Fine, the consensus was that they would win by 40-odd rather than by … Continue reading Such Crazy Times We’ve Had: Thoughts on May’s self-destructive election