Corbyn weathers a difficult conference and remains in control: As the Labour Party gathered in Brighton earlier this week, Jeremy Corbyn faced a number of internal challenges, with negative headlines about Party disunity and significant pressure on him to change his stance on Brexit. The conference started with a row about Momentum founder Jon Lansman’s attempts to abolish the role of Deputy Leader (and thereby … Continue reading Five observations from Labour Conference 2019
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
Welsh Labour’s conference in Llandudno last weekend took place in the shadow of one of the most difficult periods in the Party’s history. The resignation of the man known to journalists, supporters and commentators alike simply as ‘Carwyn’ was perhaps the inevitable conclusion of a chain of events which began with former Communities Secretary Carl Sargeant’s tragic death last November. After a highly challenging week … Continue reading Welsh Labour Conference – how long will the family truce last?
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
The Context Yesterday saw the release of Labour’s Housing green paper, ‘Housing for the Many’, exactly a fortnight from the local elections due to take place in May. It’s tempting to see this as a reprise of Labour’s strategy in last year’s General Election of drip-feeding big headline policy announcements in the run-up to the poll – particularly given the gains it is hoping to … Continue reading What Labour’s Housing Green Paper could mean for housebuilders and developers
Jeremy Corbyn issued a warning to the UK financial sector yesterday, by pledging that he would “stand up to bankers” and set out his plans to rebalance the economy in favour of jobs and industry. In a speech delivered to the EEF National Manufacturing Conference, Corbyn declared that the dominance of deregulated finance over the UK economy was “destructive” and called for a fundamental rethink … Continue reading Corbyn takes aim at the City
The article below is taken from this month’s Housebuilder magazine. Newgate managing partner Rebecca Eatwell looks at what the industry could expect if Labour wins the next general election. The recent reshuffle – which saw Alok Sharma vacate the role of Housing Minister after just six months in the job and was accompanied by a revival of the old Ministry of Housing (last seen in … Continue reading Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: Could Labour do any better?
Political parties are often described as broad churches. Successful ones exist and thrive by capturing a range of backgrounds, viewpoints and ideologies into one political movement. This was very much evident this week at a buoyant, if slightly disjointed, Labour Party Conference in Brighton, where the Party’s leaders, MPs and activists gathered together for the first time since June’s general election. This, at times, felt … Continue reading “Oh Jeremy Corbyn…” Labour Conference shows us a Party with momentum
As the fireworks fizzle, the temporary structures disappear across Edinburgh signalling the end of the Festival, and the summer, and as Scotland’s newest infrastructure project, the billion pound Queensferry Crossing, finally, nine months late, opens to traffic and becomes a totem to the SNP Scottish Government, the political scene begins to burst into life in Scotland with a surprise resignation. Kezia Dugdale has been rightly … Continue reading Pass the poisoned Quaich