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.

Britain’s political leadership is a sad indictment on the country

The country’s political leadership ranges from ineptitude to invisibility. Theresa May’s government lunges from crisis to crisis. One has to have some sympathy for her: every time it looks as though she is getting on the front foot – reclaiming an opinion poll lead over Labour, making progress in the EU withdrawal talks, displaying international leadership on Syria, boasting of rising employment and wages – … Continue reading Britain’s political leadership is a sad indictment on the country

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

Newgate Wins Best M&A or Communications in Support of a Transaction at the PRCA City and Financial Awards

Newgate Communications has been recognised for its work in support of the high-profile acquisition of Imagination Technologies by Canyon Bridge at the annual PRCA City and Financial Awards, capturing the coveted “Best M&A or Communications in Support of a Transaction” award at a black-tie event at Merchant Taylors’ Hall. Newgate devised and delivered an integrated financial, corporate and public policy communications programme in support of … Continue reading Newgate Wins Best M&A or Communications in Support of a Transaction at the PRCA City and Financial Awards

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

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?

Newgate’s 2018 Predictions

2017 was a year that many, from across the political spectrum and around the world, just wanted to be over. As Brenda from Bristol succinctly summarised “There’s too much politics going on”. In a year that has (eventually) seen progress on Brexit, a flare up of tensions in the Middle East, and a Trump vs May Twitter spat, many are terrified of what 2018 might … Continue reading Newgate’s 2018 Predictions

EU Withdrawal Bill: What Next?

MPs will today begin the first of eight days of Committee Stage deliberation of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. The Bill repeals the 1972 European Communities Act which took the UK into the EU. It also transposes existing EU legislation into domestic UK law, to ensure a smooth transition on the day after the UK leaves the European Union. Almost 500 amendments have been tabled by … Continue reading EU Withdrawal Bill: What Next?

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?

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