Betting the House on the Budget

The last few days before what has been dubbed the ‘make or break’ Budget have not played out as Philip Hammond would have hoped. What the Chancellor would probably describe as a selective misinterpretation of his remarks on unemployment on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show have fed into the long-running media narrative that he is fighting for his job. There was a broadside from the Prime … Continue reading Betting the House on the Budget

EU Withdrawal Bill: What Next?

MPs will today begin the first of eight days of Committee Stage deliberation of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill repeals the 1972 European Communities Act which took the UK into the EU. It also transposes existing EU legislation into domestic UK law, to ensure a smooth transition on the day after the UK leaves the European Union. Almost 500 amendments have been tabled by … Continue reading EU Withdrawal Bill: What Next?

Making a Mess of Brexit – Gavin Devine writes for Housebuilder magazine

The article below is taken from the November edition of Housebuilder. Newgate Communications chief executive Gavin Devine argues that the government is making a mess of the Brexit negotiations to the delight of the EU. It’s time, he says, for the government to get a grip. As happens every year, the recent Party Conference season revealed much about the state of British politics.  Never mind … Continue reading Making a Mess of Brexit – Gavin Devine writes for Housebuilder magazine

Gavin Williamson: the heir apparent?

Has Theresa May just crowned the Tories’ heir apparent? Some months ago we started speculating about when the generational shift in the Conservative Party would begin. Today we can say that process is well and truly under way and that Gavin Williamson is by far the best placed of all the 40-something contenders. The reaction inside the Party is fascinating as a generation of Conservative … Continue reading Gavin Williamson: the heir apparent?

Understanding WeChat Business Marketing in China: Integration and Engagement

It is clear that Tencent’s multifunction WeChat app is an unmissable marketing tool, but businesses that believe they can use it in the same way as Facebook are missing out on its unique capabilities. Newgate’s Grace Zhang explains why an integrated approach to social media in China is a necessity for effective communications across multiple audiences. Backdrop to the WeChat boom: the mobilization of Chinese … Continue reading Understanding WeChat Business Marketing in China: Integration and Engagement