Five observations from Labour Conference 2019

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

Politics moves fast. Housing moves slow.

While many believe our political system moves painfully slowly, it is nothing compared to the time taken to lay bricks down and build a house. Days after the Windrush migrants’ scandal triggered a mini Cabinet reshuffle, James Brokenshire MP returned to the Cabinet to take the reins at MHCLG, becoming the sixteenth minister to hold the portfolio for housing since 2000. Just days after that, … Continue reading Politics moves fast. Housing moves slow.

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

Begging, Busking And Bucket-Shaking: Giving Money In The Contactless Age

Earlier on in the week I was sitting outside a bar in Leadenhall Market when a very thin, nervous looking, figure approached. “Got any change?”, he asked. Mentally weighing up all the arguments for and against giving to beggars I went reflexively for my standard response: “sorry, I don’t have any cash”. Muttering to himself the guy moved on. As I sat there afterwards it … Continue reading Begging, Busking And Bucket-Shaking: Giving Money In The Contactless Age

Welsh Devolution @20

Newgate’s Glesni Euros shares her reflections on the 20th anniversary of the Welsh Devolution Referendum. Twenty years ago today, in a referendum which would dramatically change the course of politics in Wales, the Welsh public narrowly voted (by just 50.3%) in favour of the creation of a Welsh Assembly, or ‘Cynulliad’ in Welsh. A referendum on devolution was nothing new. In 1979, the Welsh electorate had … Continue reading Welsh Devolution @20

Brexit and leaving the Customs Union: What it means for business

In the political calendar, the middle of August is usually characterised by silly season, with frivolous and far-fetched news stories doing the rounds as Parliament is in Recess and MPs on holiday. In the past week or so, newspapers have duly obliged, with mounting speculation that Jacob Rees-Mogg could become the next Conservative Party leader (although it is difficult to rule anything out these days). … Continue reading Brexit and leaving the Customs Union: What it means for business

The Queen’s Speech 2017

  Overview On 21 June 2017, The Queen set out the Government’s future legislative plans at the State Opening of Parliament. This speech outlines a list of the laws that the Government hopes to have approved by Parliament over the coming two years. This year’s event takes place in unique circumstances, following the snap General Election which resulted in a hung Parliament. Firstly, it had … Continue reading The Queen’s Speech 2017

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?

Facebook Corbyn

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

Don’t look down: lessons in optimism from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference

From Louise Nicolson in Houston, Texas This week, new survey results from website Energy Voice revealed confidence in oil price recovery remains fragile but investment in tech is key to the future of the industry. Delegates at the largest oil show in the world, Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference, discussed the findings over a breakfast of sausage and biscuits.  The leaders of service companies and E&P … Continue reading Don’t look down: lessons in optimism from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference