Corbyn takes aim at the City

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

Event round-up: The View from the Bridge January 2018

Our latest View from the Bridge saw three expert speakers sharing what they think is going to happen in 2018. Is it going to be, ‘the year of living dangerously,’ or is that too pessimistic? Gina Miller (transparency campaigner and thorn-in-the-side of the government on Brexit), Anne McElvoy (Senior Editor at the Economist) and George Buckley (Chief UK Economist at Nomura) ‎took up the challenge. … Continue reading Event round-up: The View from the Bridge January 2018

“Oh Jeremy Corbyn…” Labour Conference shows us a Party with momentum

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

Brexit: What next for the UK food and farming sector?

A Newgate event with Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development As part of its ongoing communications work on Brexit, Newgate Communications jointly hosted a breakfast seminar with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) on the post-Brexit trading and regulatory landscape for the agri-food sector. The keynote speaker was Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, who gave his observations and … Continue reading Brexit: What next for the UK food and farming sector?

Angela Merkel 3 – Martin Schulz 0

The blog below is written by Dicomm Advisors our partner agency in Berlin and one of the leading public affairs advisors in Germany. There have been three regional elections in Germany this year and the results don’t bode well for Martin Schulz, the former President of the European Parliament, and now the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) ahead of September’s federal election. The latest … Continue reading Angela Merkel 3 – Martin Schulz 0

When the chips are up

They say elephants never forget. But pachyderms are positively forgetful when compared when journalists. Slight a reporter and he or she will hunt you down for years. When I was on the other side of the divide I would put a little note in my address book saying LC (the “L” stood for lying) if anyone had ever misled me. Conversely I will never forget … Continue reading When the chips are up

Welsh local elections: five things to watch out for

It’s almost that time of year again: election season. For our clients, this can be important. Long-term relationships can be lost overnight and a new set of stakeholders with different ideas introduced. It’s critical that business looks ahead to assess who may be winners and losers in May. Last year’s devolved elections in Wales saw all three major parties lose out to Plaid Cymru and … Continue reading Welsh local elections: five things to watch out for

Trumped!

PR is changing. Yet still nine out of ten of our clients would jump through hoops of fire to secure an interview with the Financial Times. However, Donald Trump isn’t one of our clients. Trump gave a long, detailed interview to the editor of the FT, Lionel Barber, and two of the paper’s senior reporters. It was revealing, newsworthy and, according to Barber when interviewed … Continue reading Trumped!

Hogg’s head on a platter

May I declare an interest? I briefly worked for Charlotte Hogg’s mother – Sarah (now Baroness) Hogg. She at the time was the Business & City Editor of The Independent, so she should know a thing or two about public perception. Alas none of this appears to have been passed on to either her husband nor her daughter. Douglas – now Lord – Hogg was … Continue reading Hogg’s head on a platter

No Silver Bullet: Fixing our Broken Housing Market

The Context Today sees the release of the hotly anticipated Housing White Paper. After the endless speculation, the frenzied lobbying by a stream of commentators and industry insiders and the trailers put out by Government itself, the document itself is just a bit, well, obvious. In other words, ‘Spoiler: there’s no silver bullet’ (as tweeted this morning by Gavin Barwell MP, Minister for Housing). The … Continue reading No Silver Bullet: Fixing our Broken Housing Market