After the election: relax…coalitions are the new normal

On Wednesday evening, just two hours before the deadline for creating a new government, Benjamin Netanyahu secured enough support to lead a coalition to run Israel. It took “King Bibi” 42 days to build a government despite coming out as the victor in the elections in March. Given his coalition has only 61 seats in the 120 seat Knesset, experts are already predicting it will … Continue reading After the election: relax…coalitions are the new normal

The 2015 General Election: Six key questions on what happens immediately after polling day

1. Are we likely to know the next Government by Friday morning? No. Unless the polls to date have been dramatically wrong, or there is a late surge in support for either the Conservatives or Labour (which is possible, but unlikely at this stage) then we will face another inconclusive result, with no party able to form a majority and negotiations over the formation of … Continue reading The 2015 General Election: Six key questions on what happens immediately after polling day

Infrastructure providers need to think beyond price

Written by the Support Services team at Newgate Communications Setting aside the uncertainty of the General Election result this May, investment in UK infrastructure looks like it will continue on an upward trajectory, along with economic growth. More money was allocated to regional infrastructure projects across the UK in the recent Budget, particularly the South West and the ‘Northern Powerhouse’. There’s also the £15 billion … Continue reading Infrastructure providers need to think beyond price

Budget 2015: Osborne pins hope on economic competence trumping pre-election giveaways

Today, George Osborne delivered his sixth Budget statement, the last before the General Election, in which he announced optimistically that “Britain is walking tall again” As expected for a pre-election Budget, it was an intensely political statement, with significant amounts of rhetoric devoted to the progress the Government has made on economic growth, jobs, living standards and on tackling the deficit since it came to … Continue reading Budget 2015: Osborne pins hope on economic competence trumping pre-election giveaways

Cameron favourite in “too close to call” election

David Cameron is likely to stay in Downing Street, according to the attendees at last night’s ‘The View from The Bridge’ debate on the General Election, held at Newgate Communications. After a lively and informed discussion led by the three speakers – Anne McElvoy (Public Policy Editor at The Economist), Peter Riddell (Director of the Institute for Government) and Melanie Baker (Senior UK Economist, Morgan … Continue reading Cameron favourite in “too close to call” election

THE SNP COULD VERY WELL DETERMINE THE ELECTION; IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…

What will our country look like in the early hours of 8 May? It’s difficult to tell. Almost everyone agrees that the Election is the most unpredictable in a generation. The polls offer no clear indication. There are so many factors – the lack of breakthrough from either the Conservatives or Labour, the collapse in support for the Liberal Democrats and the rise of UKIP, … Continue reading THE SNP COULD VERY WELL DETERMINE THE ELECTION; IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…

Businesses Beware: Don’t get caught by new Electoral Commission rules on ‘Non-Party Campaigning’

With less than six months to go to one of the most uncertain general elections in decades, there is much at stake for the UK economy and business landscape. Many businesses and organisations will, naturally, want to comment on what they view as the important political and public policy issues – whether they concern taxation, public spending, red tape, infrastructure investment, immigration, our relationship with … Continue reading Businesses Beware: Don’t get caught by new Electoral Commission rules on ‘Non-Party Campaigning’

Businesses should be making contingency plans for a Miliband Government in 2015, but if Scotland votes for independence next week, all bets are off…

That was the advice from political journalist of the year, Fraser Nelson, speaking at Newgate Communications latest ‘View from the Bridge’ panel event on the upcoming general election and its possible consequences. Along with leading economist, Andrew Sentance (Senior Economic Adviser to PwC and former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member) and leading political pollster Ben Page (Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI), the panel … Continue reading Businesses should be making contingency plans for a Miliband Government in 2015, but if Scotland votes for independence next week, all bets are off…