Welsh Labour Conference 2019 – order from chaos?

A slashed majority in the Newport West by-election, protesters seeking a second EU referendum and a brewing controversy over primary school funding did little to do quell the upbeat mood of Labour supporters as they crowded into Venue Cymru, Llandudno, for the start of Welsh Labour Conference 2019. Held on a sunny, breezy weekend, it…

How UK political parties should PR the EU elections

Locked-in disagreement with a Prime Minister planning her exit, the House of Commons’ Brexit delay means that the UK is facing EU Parliamentary elections on Thursday 23 May – almost three years after 17.5 million people voted to quit the political and economic bloc in a tightly contested referendum. The potential vote, the fourth time…

Politics moves fast. Housing moves slow.

While many believe our political system moves painfully slowly, it is nothing compared to the time taken to lay bricks down and build a house. Days after the Windrush migrants’ scandal triggered a mini Cabinet reshuffle, James Brokenshire MP returned to the Cabinet to take the reins at MHCLG, becoming the sixteenth minister to hold…

In Print: The Golden Triangle of the North

Why the North West’s science and technology communities are getting bullish in a bid to take on the south. When innovators step foot on British soil all signs should point North. That’s the challenge being put forward by the North West’s science and tech companies in a bid to shine a light on the region’s…

Plymouth – Labour’s big victory?

It is telling that it was Plymouth rather than London where Jeremy Corbyn chose to spend the morning of May 4th. Despite expectations that Labour would take control of at least one of Barnet, Wandsworth or Westminster councils, their big victory on the night came in the south west. Standing on Plymouth Hoe, Corbyn declared…

Can Uber win the fight to keep its cars on the streets of London?

Whether you love or hate Uber, you have to admit the business model is a great success and they’ve done extremely well in London so far. However, last year Transport for London (TFL) revoked Uber’s license which, if we believe what we read, even came as a shock to Uber. Londoners went into a frenzy,…

New research reveals local councillors think housing crisis is getting worse

61% believe housing crisis is getting worse 51% blame slow build out rate by developers Providing affordable homes the top priority 60% believe viability assessments being used by developers to avoid planning obligations 43% agree that Green Belt should be reviewed Newgate Communications’ Planning Committee Barometer reveals local councillors’ views on planning issues with housing…

Emma Kane appointed Chief Executive of Newgate

Redleaf Communications founder Emma Kane has been appointed as both Chief Executive of Newgate Communications and Joint Chief Executive of (Newgate and Redleaf owner) Porta Communications. The full press release from Porta is below. Appointment of New Joint Chief Executive Officers and Board Changes Porta Communications Plc (AIM: PTCM), today announces the appointment of Emma…

Welsh Labour Conference – how long will the family truce last?

Welsh Labour’s conference in Llandudno last weekend took place in the shadow of one of the most difficult periods in the Party’s history.  The resignation of the man known to journalists, supporters and commentators alike simply as ‘Carwyn’ was perhaps the inevitable conclusion of a chain of events which began with former Communities Secretary Carl…