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…

HS2 – are the wheels finally coming off?

By Nick Waterman The government has announced the timetable for the much-anticipated review into the entire HS2 project. Conducted by ex-HS2 chair Doug Oakervee, the wide-ranging examination will delve into the project’s finances, decision making and to quote the Prime Minister, “whether and how we proceed.” A chequered history From the robust opposition of residents…

No Dramas: The Local Elections That Suited The Tories Just Fine

Let’s start with the easy bit: UKIP was definitely the biggest loser on the night. Through a combination of not defending some seats and being soundly beaten in others, the party ended up with an overall loss of over 120 councillors. Safe to say, that dog has had its day. Then it gets harder. Labour…

Local election hustings – bins, missed manifestoes and vendettas

I recently helped to organise a local election debate. They’re particularly unique experiences that people either love and wouldn’t miss for the world or – more usually – avoid like the plague. This means that the majority of people who attend already have strong feelings about one particular party, candidate or issue. These issues can…

Facebook Corbyn

If you have any spare time on your hands and fancy getting involved in an online row with someone then the best way to start the ball rolling is to criticise Jeremy Corbyn. It’s really easy – just go on to Facebook and say something mean or uncharitable about the current leader of the Labour…

London after Boris – does a world class city need world class politicians?

  By Deborah Saw, Senior Partner, Newgate Communications As we squeeze ourselves onto London’s packed tube trains in the morning, attempt to walk on its crowded pavements and breathe in its polluted air Londoners might raise an ironic smile when they read of yet another survey that awards London world first rankings. Currently London is…

Cameron favourite in “too close to call” election

David Cameron is likely to stay in Downing Street, according to the attendees at last night’s ‘The View from The Bridge’ debate on the General Election, held at Newgate Communications. After a lively and informed discussion led by the three speakers – Anne McElvoy (Public Policy Editor at The Economist), Peter Riddell (Director of the…