It is telling that it was Plymouth rather than London where Jeremy Corbyn chose to spend the morning of May 4th. Despite expectations that Labour would take control of at least one of Barnet, Wandsworth or Westminster councils, their big victory on the night came in the south west. Standing on Plymouth Hoe, Corbyn declared that the result demonstrated that Labour was ‘back in the … Continue reading Plymouth – Labour’s big victory?
Let’s start with the easy bit: UKIP was definitely the biggest loser on the night. Through a combination of not defending some seats and being soundly beaten in others, the party ended up with an overall loss of over 120 councillors. Safe to say, that dog has had its day. Then it gets harder. Labour promised us so much in the weeks leading up to … Continue reading No Dramas: The Local Elections That Suited The Tories Just Fine
In the North West all eyes are on Trafford. A third of the Council are up for election in May and there is a feeling that the Conservatives keeping control is by no means a done deal. For one thing, they currently have a very slim majority and it would only take a loss of two seats to make the local authority go to No … Continue reading Are the Tories about to lose their Greater Manchester outpost?
The country’s political leadership ranges from ineptitude to invisibility. Theresa May’s government lunges from crisis to crisis. One has to have some sympathy for her: every time it looks as though she is getting on the front foot – reclaiming an opinion poll lead over Labour, making progress in the EU withdrawal talks, displaying international leadership on Syria, boasting of rising employment and wages – … Continue reading Britain’s political leadership is a sad indictment on the country
Dominic Hauschild assesses the resignation of Damian Green and the Prime Minister’s options in the New Year. Theresa May has asked her once loyal ally Damian Green to resign following the Cabinet Office’s findings that he acted dishonestly about pornography on his computer. This means that she has now either sacked or forced the resignation of three high-profile cabinet members in six short weeks. For … Continue reading Tis the season to be reshuffling?
This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Another week, another Brexit rollercoaster for Theresa May. She started the week on a high, revelling in her ‘unexpected’ success , with Parliamentarians forcing a vote on the eventual deal she will do. The newspapers have worked themselves up into their usual lather. If you believe all you read, the Government is reeling. But none of us … Continue reading Relax, Don’t Do It: David Davis And The Art Of Leadership
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
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?
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
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?