Johnson’s Downing Street

Written by Newgate’s Public Affairs team The Johnson administration will be materially different to Theresa May’s – that goes without saying. Gone are the days of a Prime Minister working closely with one or two close advisers and shutting everyone else out.  Under Johnson, we have a much more powerful Downing Street machine, filled with…

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…

Has Brexit sparked the end of two-party politics?

By Siân Jones ‘The Conservative Party is a broad church’. How many times have we heard that phrase uttered by Tory politicians in the past few weeks and months? Yet the increasingly acrimonious and polarised debate over Brexit has seen that definition stretched to breaking point.  Prominent backbenchers have defected to the new Independent Group…

Brexit: Looking for Leaders

The need for compromise and the danger of complacency by Dafydd Rees It’s a real pity that Theresa May and her Cabinet weren’t able to be in the audience for last week’s inaugural lecture in Newgate Communications’ Leadership Principle series. Professor Stefan Stern, author of the newly published book “How to be a Better Leader,”…

Brexit – A Very British Coup

Written by Dafydd Rees Politics has never shown itself to be more stubborn or sly, so why is business not more publicly concerned or the markets in meltdown? Could it be because we are all living in a state of collective denial about the momentous events taking place at Westminster. And there lies the danger….

Brexit: Time Is Not On Our Side

By Dafydd Rees If you are looking for some sense of perspective of how far the UK’s collective corporate reputation has fallen this festive season, just watch the anchors on international news TV channels grappling with the bizarre political machinations at Westminster. Here’s a flavour of some of the questions from bemused US TV news…

Political Briefing: December 2018

Political Briefing from Newgate’s public affairs team Based on what we know today, Theresa May will be unable to win majority support in the House of Commons for the deal that she has negotiated with the European Commission. The legal situation, however, is clear; under Article 50 and the domestic legislation connected to it, the…

We’re in a mess. Is there a way out?

By Dafydd Rees Theresa May’s plan for leaving the EU has taken two years to put together. It has taken 48 hours for it to fall apart. Despite the confidence of many Brexiteers during the 2016 Referendum Campaign, leaving the EU was always going to be a painful and protracted process. But now we are…

Brexit deal: What happens now?

By Gareth Jones, Associate Partner In dramatic circumstances, a spate of Cabinet and ministerial resignations have taken place this morning – including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey. This comes less than 24 hours after the Prime Minister had presented the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement, seemingly with agreement from her…