Government aims to seize back the agenda with the spirit of Roosevelt

By Gareth Jones, Newgate Public Affairs The Prime Minister led today with a major announcement of a £1 billion school rebuilding programme, which is set to cover 50 major school building projects, with a further £560m for repairs to crumbling school buildings. In a clear sign that the government wishes to drive the agenda again…

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…

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…

A tale of two conferences

By Simon Gentry I had the dubious privilege of attending the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, in the heart of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ over the last few days.  Say what you like, but party conferences are fascinating: they provide a window into the soul of a party and have, over the years, been a very…

Five observations from Labour Conference 2019

Five observations from Labour Conference 2019 by Gareth Jones. Corbyn weathers a difficult conference and remains in control: As the Labour Party gathered in Brighton earlier this week, Jeremy Corbyn faced a number of internal challenges, with negative headlines about Party disunity and significant pressure on him to change his stance on Brexit. The conference…

The election will present the country with two very different futures

By Simon Gentry With the Conservative government now a minority administration, an election in the next few months must be a certainty. With the Tories approximately 10% ahead in the polls, there seem to be two broad possible outcomes when that election comes: The first is that Johnson’s Conservatives run a ‘People versus Parliament’ campaign…

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…