A government back on track?

By Tom Haynes As the dust settles following the Queen’s Speech today, political commentators are scrambling to see whether this is a pioneering speech from a government with a vision for a post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain, or simply a government all out of ideas.  The backdrop for this Queen’s Speech was far from a position of…

Choppy Waters for Conservatives in Essex Council Elections?

By Vincent Carroll-Battaglino At first glance, Essex local authorities look solid for the Conservatives, but the after 12 years in government, “Partygate” and the impacts of fuel price hikes, a relatively small protest vote in this part of the country could have significant impacts for local control. The main reason for this is that the…

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…