Boris to “Build, Build, Build” to bounce Britain back

By Tim Le Couilliard, Newgate Public Affairs Speaking in Dudley today the Prime Minister announced an “ambitious” post-Coronavirus recovery plan, headlined by a £5 billion “New Deal” and “Project Speed” reforms to the planning system. Big infrastructure projects are to be accelerated with new funding for schools, transport and broadband – all of which wouldn’t…

This nation disapproves

By Ian Silvera, Account Director Boris Johnson’s new administration, which once saw heady approval ratings of 59%, is no longer in the net satisfaction game.  Somewhere between the 16th and 18th of May, and most interestingly before The Mirror and The Guardian broke the news on the 22nd of May that the Prime Minister’s top…

Boris has a busy day

By Simon Gentry, Newgate Public Affairs Boris Johnson had a busy day today, leading the Government’s daily press conference and facing Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions. The Prime Minister reported that there had been 1,871 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, down 16% on the figure this time last week.  He…

UK Track and Trace to start tomorrow

By Tim Le Couilliard, Newgate Public Affairs Today the Commons Liaison Committee grilled the Prime Minister on all things to do with coronavirus. It marked the first appearance of Boris Johnson in front of the ‘super committee’, and served as the precursor for the announcement of track and trace made by Health Secretary Matt Hancock at…

Government right to drop simplistic “Stay Home” message

By Dafydd Rees, Partner “It is coming down from the mountain that is often more dangerous.” Boris Johnson’s remark during his televised address to the nation on Sunday night was an admission from the Prime Minister of the truth that it is much harder getting out of a crisis situation than it is to get into…

“We’re past the peak” – but PM indicates supports for facemasks

By Simon Gentry, Managing Partner Boris Johnson led today’s government press conference, his first for five weeks.   He announced that 81,611 tests we undertaken yesterday and that the number of people in hospital is falling, but that 674 people died yesterday across all settings, hospitals, care homes and in the community. He acknowledges that the…

Lock-a-bye Baby

By Elisabeth Cowell, Partner What a month it’s been for Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie! Today, just 17 days after Boris left intensive care, they have returned to hospital but this time for a much happier reason – to welcome their new baby boy into the world.  With the NHS on the frontline of…

Government speeds up efforts to find a vaccine

By Simon Gentry, Managing Partner Alok Sharma MP, the Business Secretary, lead today’s Government press conference which focused on the effort to find and manufacture a vaccine to prevent future epidemics. He announced that the Government has set up a vaccine task force to co-ordinate the vaccine effort. This brings together the government, academia and…