Starmer aims to show that he’s a serious man for serious times

By Gareth Jones, Public Affairs This morning, Keir Starmer delivered his first party conference speech since becoming Labour leader. As party conference speeches go, it was marked change from the usual fanfare that accompanies these annual occasions. It was delivered in an empty room at the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum in Doncaster. It took…

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…

Rebecca Long Bailey sacked, but Robert Jenrick remains

By Tim Le Couilliard, Newgate Public Affairs The headline political news of the day is that former leadership hopeful Rebecca Long Bailey has been removed from the Labour Shadow Cabinet. Seen as one of the few “Corbynistas” on the Labour front bench, Long Bailey has been sacked from her Education portfolio following a Tweet that…

What does Labour’s new leader and frontbench team mean for UK politics?

By Gareth Jones, Associate Partner in Newgate’s Public Affairs Team After winning a landslide victory in Labour’s leadership contest last Saturday, Sir Keir Starmer has set about forming his new shadow cabinet that he hopes will provide effective opposition to the Conservatives in Parliament and also help reconnect Labour with its communities and voters across…

Building Beautiful, No Matter What They Say.

The Weekly Newgate Engage Planning Blog by Scott Harker If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then nowhere is this more the case than when it comes to the design of new homes. A housing development that looks beautiful to one group of people may be considered to be an absolute eyesore to…

All I want for Christmas is you(r vote)

The Weekly Newgate Engage Planning Blog By Douglas Johnson Monday morning is, frankly, getting quite tough. Peeling back the curtains to find that it’s still dark, just two weeks after setting our clocks back, is enough to demoralise anyone. It’s easy to see why there’s a widely held belief that a December General Election will…

Five observations from Labour Conference 2019

Five observations from Labour Conference 2019 by Gareth Jones. Corbyn weathers a difficult conference and remains in control: As the Labour Party gathered in Brighton earlier this week, Jeremy Corbyn faced a number of internal challenges, with negative headlines about Party disunity and significant pressure on him to change his stance on Brexit. The conference…

The election will present the country with two very different futures

By Simon Gentry With the Conservative government now a minority administration, an election in the next few months must be a certainty. With the Tories approximately 10% ahead in the polls, there seem to be two broad possible outcomes when that election comes: The first is that Johnson’s Conservatives run a ‘People versus Parliament’ campaign…