1997: Things got better

A personal recollection from Executive Chairman, Mark Glover It is 25 years since the election of the Tony Blair Labour Government. A day of hope, exhilaration and of lingering exhaustion after what had been a demanding two weeks of full-time campaigning for myself and partner in crime – Tom Glaisyer, currently Managing Director of Program…

Trade as a force for good: A spotlight on Labour’s international trade policy

By James Surallie Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Shadow Minister for International Trade, Nia Griffith MP, discussing a range of topics from the recently signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) to the Labour Party’s position on Brexit. For Trade Tuesday, I’ve reflected on this conversation and analysed Labour’s international trade policy platform.  Labour…

Welsh Labour in Llandudno 2022

George Thomas, Siân Jones and Dafydd Rees in SEC Newgate’s Wales team were at Welsh Labour’s annual conference in Llandudno at the weekend. Below, they each give their impressions of Welsh Labour’s first face-to-face conference since the start of the pandemic. George Thomas Despite the disappointment of the Wales Rugby Team coming just short of…

Labour doubles down on ‘unfairness’ as Reeves draws dividing lines

By Greg Rosen This far from an election, there is little merit for Labour in offering a detailed ‘alternative Budget’. It would be counterproductive: voters probably wouldn’t even notice it, and once the research team at CCHQ had picked it apart, it would provide ammunition to attack Labour. Fairly or unfairly, Blair and Brown held…

Things can only get better?

By Charlie Rattigan As the dust settles from this year’s Labour Party Conference, the question remains whether Keir Starmer has a real vision to defeat Boris Johnson at the next election. In the build up to Starmer’s first in-person speech as leader, the message from his team was that this was a “big moment for…

A Labour rose by any other name…

By Christine Quigley In the 2008 film In the Loop, British and American politicians scramble to find the committee with the dullest name, believing it to be a cover for a secret war committee that they’re desperate to be invited to. While the Labour Party’s Conference Arrangements Committee isn’t quite a secret, its exceptionally boring…

Hartlepool, Labour hopes left hanging?

By Christine Quigley This morning, armchair psephologists across the nation woke to a shock Survation poll predicting a 17-point lead for the Conservative candidate in Thursday’s Hartlepool by-election. While the limited sample size and the challenges of accurate constituency-level polling are being dissected over social media, the poll itself will have worried both Labour and…

A viable Labour Government and business risk

By Mark Glover There is no doubt that under Keir Starmer the Labour Party is slowly moving nearer to power. Whilst by no means favourites to win the next General Election, the moderating influence of the new leader and his shadow cabinet leaves voters less inclined to vote against him. If Starmer can combine this…