It’s all gone quiet over there!

By Adam Bull, Consultant On 17th June Premier League football will return! Top-flight football in England hasn’t been played since 9th March and oh how it has been missed.  The goals! The fouls! The red cards! Gary Lineker! The pints! The controversy! The VAR (maybe not so much). The noise! The joy and the despair! Finally, this…

Wear face coverings on public transport or face fines

By Siân Jones, Newgate Public Affairs Today’s press briefing was led by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, alongside Sir Peter Hendy, Chair of Network Rail.  Mr Shapps began with data showing that there had been significant falls in public transport use, and said this was welcome news. The use of motor vehicles fell initially but…

Letter from… Berlin

By Geert Harzmann, Senior Consultant, Kohl PR & Partner (Part of SEC Newgate) After about two months of lockdown, public life in Germany changed abruptly on the weekend of Pentecost, at least temporarily. The relaxation measures of the past weeks, combined with the sunny weather, have led to people streaming out of their houses and apartments…

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…

Bonuses and Furloughed Workers, when should a business pay it back?

By Elisabeth Cowell, Partner Yesterday, The Spectator announced that it would be returning the money it received from the Government’s furlough scheme. The Company made this decision as while it has taken a financial hit due to Covid-19, it was nowhere near as bad as initially feared. Speaking about the decision, Spectator Chairman Andrew Neil said that…

Letter from… Cardiff

By Sian Jones, Associate Partner Temperatures are rising, spring flowers are in full bloom, the sun is sparkling on the sea, but Wales remains resolutely closed to all comers – with little prospect of that changing any time soon.  Opinion on Wales’ continuing strict lockdown is divided. With scientists raising concerns about a ‘second wave’…

Stay another day – Summer holiday post lockdown

By Beth Colmer, Account Director Last month, Matt Hancock was asked by This Morning whether ‘summer was cancelled’. His response was “I think that’s likely to be the case”.  Since then we’ve had talk of “air bridges”, two weeks quarantine for those coming (back) into the UK and mixed messages from our favourite continental holiday destinations…

PHE publishes review of disparities in risks and outcomes of Covid-19

By Tim Le Couilliard, Newgate Public Affairs Matt Hancock had a busy day today. First providing a statement in the House of Commons and this afternoon delivering the Downing Street statement, Hancock also had to respond to criticisms that the government had been mispresenting statistics, particularly over the testing numbers. Criticisms, voiced by Sir David…