The Cruellest of Conference Speeches

After an otherwise drab and lacklustre conference, expectations were sky high for Theresa May’s closing speech to the party faithful in Manchester. With continued questions over her leadership, cabinet divisions over Brexit and the jockeying of position amongst her would-be successors, her set-piece to the Tory faithful was an opportunity, some might say even her…

The Art Of The Deal: How Not To Negotiate Brexit

This blog originally appeared on the Huffington Post. In recent weeks the British media has been full of stories about how we need to be ready for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. With the talks stuttering along, at best, one senior Conservative politician after another has emerged to intone solemnly on the subject and prepare us all for…

“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…

Merkel to return – but other certainties vanish in German election

The 2017 German federal election is in the books and it brought tectonic changes to a political system that has seen remarkable stability. While Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative CDU/CSU technically won the election and the Social Democrats (SPD), led by Martin Schulz remain the second strongest party, yesterday’s result might prove to be…

Surprise, Surprise: Uber, Lobbying And Avoiding Regulatory Shocks

The article below originally appeared on the Huffington Post UK. On Friday last week came news to gladden the hearts of all black cab drivers. Ride hailing service Uber was to be stripped of its licence by TfL after an investigation into claims made about passenger safety. The media reported this as a “surprise” move….

Newgate advises Canyon Bridge in its bid for Imagination Technologies

Newgate Communications is advising Canyon Bridge Capital Partners in its bid for Imagination Technologies PLC.  The team, led by Steffan Williams, is advising across capital markets, government relations and wider stakeholder communications in the UK and out of its Hong Kong office. Steffan Williams, Partner of Newgate and CEO of Porta commented: “This is an…

Briefing: Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Place

Context On Thursday 14 September, the Department for Communities and Local Government released a new consultation document, Planning for the right homes in the right places: consultation proposals. The document carries forward a commitment made in the Housing White Paper, released in February 2017, to consult further on a number of specific proposals. Reflecting this,…

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…

Assessing Edinburgh’s City Deal

The article below originally appeared in the September issue of Housebuilder magazine. Craig Harrow, head of Newgate Communications’ Scotland office, looks at Edinburgh’s long awaited City Deal. Is it ambitious enough to tackle the ‘crisis’ in housing in Scotland’s capital city? Just like Edinburgh’s infamous trams you wait for a big announcement and two come…

Pass the poisoned Quaich

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…

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…