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

Welsh Labour Conference – how long will the family truce last?

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?

What Labour’s Housing Green Paper could mean for housebuilders and developers

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

“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

The canary in the mine

Local elections are often the canary in the mine for British politics. Trends which play out nationally become visible earlier on in the smaller scale contests which take place in districts and counties. We’ll be considering the results of yesterday’s metro mayor contests in more detail elsewhere, but there are some broader trends already visible from the county council elections which took place at the … Continue reading The canary in the mine

Labour Conference 2015: How long will Corbyn’s ‘New Politics’ last?

This week, the Labour Party held its annual party conference down in Brighton, just two weeks after the remarkable election of Jeremy Corbyn as its leader. The Conference offered us the first indication of how this new Corbyn-led Party would behave, communicate and develop policy and how his brand of left-wing protest politics would be translated into something more tangible as leader of the Official … Continue reading Labour Conference 2015: How long will Corbyn’s ‘New Politics’ last?

Cameron favourite in “too close to call” election

David Cameron is likely to stay in Downing Street, according to the attendees at last night’s ‘The View from The Bridge’ debate on the General Election, held at Newgate Communications. After a lively and informed discussion led by the three speakers – Anne McElvoy (Public Policy Editor at The Economist), Peter Riddell (Director of the Institute for Government) and Melanie Baker (Senior UK Economist, Morgan … Continue reading Cameron favourite in “too close to call” election

We need to talk about Nigel…

In little more than four months from now, the UK’s major political parties risk being engulfed in a monumental political  firestorm that will stress-test their readiness for next year’s general election. Over the period covering 22 to 25 May, EU voters go to the polls to elect 766 members of the European Parliament. 73 of them will hail from the United Kingdom. Strangely, though, most … Continue reading We need to talk about Nigel…

The voters say: ‘show me the money’

The relationship between the political and economic cycles has long been the stuff of political folklore. There have been many examples throughout history of nervy incumbents, mid-way through a parliament, reading the economic tea leaves for any signs of green shoots. Accordingly, the most recent announcement by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) last Friday that third quarter growth in the British economy was, at … Continue reading The voters say: ‘show me the money’

Tough choices await the victors in May’s council elections

After Eastleigh and the Budget, all eyes in Westminster are now focused on the outcome of May’s local government elections, as pundits and politicians alike try to size up the odds of the coalition Government clinging on to power in 2015. The three main party leaders have all launched their local election campaigns this week. While these elections are not at the forefront of the … Continue reading Tough choices await the victors in May’s council elections