Tis the season to be reshuffling?

Dominic Hauschild assesses the resignation of Damian Green and the Prime Minister’s options in the New Year. Theresa May has asked her once loyal ally Damian Green to resign following the Cabinet Office’s findings that he acted dishonestly about pornography on his computer. This means that she has now either sacked or forced the resignation of three high-profile cabinet members in six short weeks. For … Continue reading Tis the season to be reshuffling?

Betting the House on the Budget

The last few days before what has been dubbed the ‘make or break’ Budget have not played out as Philip Hammond would have hoped. What the Chancellor would probably describe as a selective misinterpretation of his remarks on unemployment on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show have fed into the long-running media narrative that he is fighting for his job. There was a broadside from the Prime … Continue reading Betting the House on the Budget

Gavin Williamson: the heir apparent?

Has Theresa May just crowned the Tories’ heir apparent? Some months ago we started speculating about when the generational shift in the Conservative Party would begin. Today we can say that process is well and truly under way and that Gavin Williamson is by far the best placed of all the 40-something contenders. The reaction inside the Party is fascinating as a generation of Conservative … Continue reading Gavin Williamson: the heir apparent?

Has Brexit put the Chancellor in a Jam?

On 23rd November 2016, the Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first Autumn Statement to the House of Commons in which he declared he would prepare the UK economy to be resilient as we exit the EU. This represents the first financial statement from the Government since the EU Referendum and was set against the backdrop of gloomy news from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) … Continue reading Has Brexit put the Chancellor in a Jam?

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Charlotte Black

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Charlotte Black, Independent Public Affairs Consultant and Former Head of Corporate Affairs at Brewin Dolphin Maintaining business and market confidence is the essential challenge for Chancellor Philip Hammond. Bespoke deals of the sort announced last month for Nissan should be avoided. I would caution … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Charlotte Black

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Chuka Umunna MP

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Chuka Umunna MP, Former Shadow Business Secretary The fact that the Chancellor has indicated that he will move off this predecessor’s inflexible fiscal target provides him with some flexibility to make prudent and smart investments, beyond simply allowing the automatic stabilisers to kick in in … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Chuka Umunna MP

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Dr. Colin Lawrence

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Dr. Colin Lawrence Head of Strategy & Research, Parker Fitzgerald The Chancellor had previously signalled that there will be a loosening of fiscal policy in order to build infrastructure, raise productivity and rebalance the economy. But this priority has shifted radically over the … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Dr. Colin Lawrence

Previewing the Autumn Statement with David Buik

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. David Buik, Market Commentator at Panmure Gordon This past year has been the most momentous one, politically, since 1961 when Nikita Khrushchev threatened the US with nuclear war and before that it was probably 1945 when the UK electorate hoofed Churchill ignominiously in … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with David Buik

Previewing the Autumn Statement with Graeme Littlejohn

In anticipation of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, Newgate has asked a panel of experts what they hope to hear from Philip Hammond. Head of External Affairs, Scotch Whisky Association The Chancellor’s first Autumn Statement may well be his last… in order to facilitate a shift back to a more traditional ‘Pre-Budget Report’. Under George Osborne, Autumn Statements became increasingly like a mini-Budget, with tax changes … Continue reading Previewing the Autumn Statement with Graeme Littlejohn

May woos the ‘new centre ground’ with her closing speech to Conference

Whilst little of the rhetoric was new, the Prime Minister set out her vision for a Britain built on the values of ‘fairness and opportunity.’ A good conference speech can be the making of a politician – just ask Theresa May’s predecessor. David Cameron owed his leadership of the Conservatives to two speeches, – one he gave himself which was well received and another given … Continue reading May woos the ‘new centre ground’ with her closing speech to Conference