Truss me, we can do it

Eva Rana and Sabine Tyldesley Liz Truss has been International Trade Secretary for nearly two years. This takes her Cabinet tenure to over seven years, making her the longest serving female Cabinet member, missing out on the top spot overall by Michael Gove, who was appointed Education Secretary in May 2010.   So who is…

The Queen’s Speech: a second chance to make a first impression?

By Fraser Raleigh The first Queen’s Speech of the post-COVID and post-Brexit era represented a second chance for the government to prove it can deliver the domestic priorities that took it to victory in the last general election, but were blown off course by the pandemic. Its agenda for the next session of Parliament is…

Introducing the NRG

By Tim Le Couilliard The Conservative party has several associated organisations and interest groups within its ranks which exert political pressure from within. Groups such as the European Research Group, the Cornerstone Group, Blue Collar Conservatives, and the Tory Reform Group command cohorts of MPs, both in government and backbenchers, who share collective interests and…

Build Back Better – Johnson’s conference speech

By Tim Le Couilliard, Public Affairs As is customary at the end of party conferences (albeit in the loosest possible term this year), the Leader of the Conservative Party, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, delivered his keynote speech earlier today. Rather than appearing in front of a packed crowd in Birmingham, the Prime Minister presented his…

Sunak preparing the ground for taxes rises ahead

By Gareth Jones, Newgate Public Affairs The return of Parliament this week has seen the issue of tax appear at the top of the political agenda. To many observers, it is not immediately obvious why this is the case. Firstly, it is not as if the government and politicians are short of other things to…

The Prime Networker

By Henry Taylor, Executive As if Boris Johnson didn’t have enough on his plate at the moment, he (or, more realistically, an unlucky staffer) will now be tasked with managing a deluge of LinkedIn notifications, after the Prime Minister joined the professional networking site this week. His presence on the platform offers some clues on…

Why are the Conservatives still leading in the polls?

By Tim Le Couilliard, Newgate Public Affairs Socially, much has changed in the last nine months since the landslide 2019 General Election, but have things really changed politically? You won’t need reminding that the Conservatives were elected on a manifesto of “Getting Brexit Done” (amongst other things), culminating in a huge 365 seats and a…

Leicester lockdown loosened

By Tim Le Couilliard, Senior Executive At 5 PM this evening, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, delivered a statement; not in the Downing Street briefing room, as we have become accustomed to, but in the House of Commons. Leicester, which has been in local lockdown for the last two weeks is set to be partially…