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?
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
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
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
In the West Country there was a smattering of shocks, but the big story was the lack of any fightback from the Liberal Democrats. Continue reading South West view of the General Election
If you have any spare time on your hands and fancy getting involved in an online row with someone then the best way to start the ball rolling is to criticise Jeremy Corbyn. It’s really easy – just go on to Facebook and say something mean or uncharitable about the current leader of the Labour Party and sooner rather than later someone will have a … Continue reading Facebook Corbyn
The following blog was written by George Gibson, an Associate based in our Manchester office. Newgate attended the launch of the Labour Party’s General Election campaign in Manchester on Tuesday, as Jeremy Corbyn announced his vision for the country ahead of the manifesto launch. Introduced by former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh as the head of “a movement of people who give a toss about … Continue reading
The article below, by Newgate CEO Gavin Devine, originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Even though the UK General Election campaign has been underway from the moment Theresa May came back from her Easter walking holiday, it did not officially begin until Parliament was dissolved in the last few days. So now seems like as good a moment as any to pause and look back … Continue reading Talking to the 87 Percent: Why engaging with people outside London matters so much