The City and Metro Mayoralties – A Bristol Tale

By Drew Aspinwall, Account Director This May’s elections will be unlike any we have had before. Candidates won’t be door knocking, the uptake of postal votes will likely soar, and voters will be viewing their selection through the lens of over a year of lockdown measures and the future implications of its policies. In the…

Yes Mayor!

By Vincent Carroll Battaglino Trends in governance structures come and go, but with America welcoming “Mayor Pete” as Secretary of Transportation, we are reminded that the singular personality of mayor is rather un-British. In English and Welsh law, it’s a New Labour invention. Before 2000, local authorities used the committee system. The Local Government Act…

Local Elections – You do have the authority to vote

By Laura Griffiths May’s elections will be the first set of elections across our four nations since that bitterly cold General Election in December 2019. However, this year’s elections are not just about Holyrood or the Senedd, they also include the postponed Mayoral and district elections from 2020, in addition to a number of local…

Polls open in 100 Days – or will they?

By Phil Briscoe As the pandemic unfolded in 2020, we had to forsake many of our usual activities and pastimes, and voting was no exception. The scheduled bumper crop of elections for councils, mayors and police and crime commissioners was postponed for a year. But that was when we all believed normality would return in…

Lockdown redux, smoother waters but a brewing storm

By Simon Gentry , Public Affairs Matt Hancock MP, the Secretary of State for Health, came to the Commons today to announce what millions had been fearing, a move to Tier 2 and in some cases Tier 3 for communities in England.  At the urging of its Mayor, Sadiq Khan, London will go into Tier 2…

Perspectives on life under Covid from around the Kingdom

SEC Newgate colleagues have given their thoughts on how the latest Government announcements are affecting their region. We have views from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and North West England. The view from BelfastBy Austyn Close Things seem to only get bleaker as we edge closer and closer to Christmas. Reports lay out that over the…

Letter from… Manchester

By Chris Midgley, Account Director It appears despite Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham’s insistence that the region must lift the lockdown at a slower pace than London, some Manchester residents disagree. Local media picked up on social media posts showing hundreds of young people enjoying a street party in the city’s famous Ancoats neighbourhood,…

Will the 2020 Local Elections take place in May….or in September?

By Phil Briscoe, Managing Director Yesterday (Thursday 12th March) the Electoral Commission recommended that the May elections be postponed until the autumn, in the face of the impacts from the spread of coronavirus. However, Constitution Minister, Chloe Smith MP, rejected the calls and insisted that work is continuing to facilitate them in May, “…while being guided by…

Ancoats: A blueprint for city centre regeneration

By Matthew Williams Anyone who lives in and around the North West has probably heard of the recent revival of Ancoats, a forgotten neighbourhood of Manchester which held great influence during the industrial revolution. The cobbled streets have created such a buzz about the place that in 2018, Time Magazine voted it the 13th coolest…

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…