A long weekend of politics

By Tim Le Couilliard Harold Wilson once famously said, “a week is a long time in politics”. Well, it would appear that a weekend can seem even longer. Much has changed since the polls closed on Thursday evening, and with today’s announcement that Tracy Brabin has resigned as an MP following her election as West…

Letter from… Paris

By Gauthier Bencheikh Once again, many things have changed since the last letter. For the first time in months, the French actually hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Indeed, Emmanuel Macron granted an interview to the media on Friday, April 30, to detail the four-step plan for the end of…

Brexit – gone but not forgotten!

By Phil Briscoe Election Results Expose Deep Brexit Scar As the fallout continues to unfold from the local elections last week, looking beneath the surface of the English council elections highlights a clear trend in the shifting political support base. Putting all of the other factors to one side, such as Kier Starmer, the pandemic…

Super Thursday is here – where are the seats to watch?

By Paddy Kent At last, Super Thursday has arrived! With so many different elections being held, it’s been hard to get to grips. Thousands of district and county seats are up. New unitaries (Buckinghamshire and two in Northamptonshire) will elect councillors for the first time. Cities like Liverpool and Bristol are electing both City Mayors…

Wallpaper, Flying Bricks and the Red Wall

By Phil Briscoe But what about the candidates? Since 7am this morning, millions of people across the country have had the opportunity to go out and vote in the biggest round of local elections we have seen for almost half a century.  Set against a political news backdrop that has focused on wallpaper, the future…

Experiences of a candidate

By Christine Quigley This time nine years ago, I was knocking on doors across west London, getting out the vote in the London Mayoral and London Assembly elections – for the first (and only) time as a candidate in these elections myself.  I stood for the Labour Party as a Londonwide candidate for the Assembly….

Latest developments in pensions industry

By Gareth Jones In the past month, as things open up and the economic recovery takes hold, there has been renewed focus on how younger people engage with their pension savings. This issue has  been the subject of discussion by media and industry commentators and was underlined by the stock market debut of PensionBee, the…

Stress Awareness month: Keeping up the good work for the rest of the year

By Vanessa Chance April was Stress Awareness month and although we’re in May, obviously stress is with us all through the year. SEC Newgate’s Mental Health First Aiders share their top tips for managing stress. Multiple studies have shown that practising mindfulness can help alleviate stress both in the moment and over the long-term. A…

The Night Before the Elections: A Visit from Nic

By Beth Park Twas the night before the elections, and all through the UK, politicians are stirring, ahead of E-Day… With less than 24 hours to go until voters up and down the country take to the polls, the atmosphere though tense is notably more muted than normal. Coronavirus restrictions mean the usual handshakes, hugs…