Welsh Independence: the sleeping dragon in Sturgeon’s shadow?

By Joshua Bell Welsh Independence. Not a misspelling, nor an accidental replacement of the word ‘Scottish’, and no longer a pipe dream for Welsh-nationalists. It is a movement building significant, yet quiet momentum. As the 2020’s begin, political analysts are consumed by Boris’ mandate, Brexit delivery and the Scottish National Party’s Independence argument. This decade…

Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Infrastructure!

The Weekly Newgate Engage Planning Blog By Drew AspinwallAt the 1997 General Election, Tony Blair famously promised that a Labour Government’s three main priorities would be ‘Education, Education, Education’. Flash forward 22 years, and today’s politicians could take a rhetorical leaf out of Blair’s book when it comes to the solution for housebuilding, ‘Infrastructure, infrastructure,…

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…

Do Or Die [In a Ditch]

The Weekly Newgate Engage Planning Blog By David Scane There is an urban legend that in a major city you are never more than 6 feet away from a rat at any given time. For the past month the same has felt true of the Government’s “Get Ready for Brexit” posters.  These adverts, part of…

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…

When the chips are up

They say elephants never forget. But pachyderms are positively forgetful when compared when journalists. Slight a reporter and he or she will hunt you down for years. When I was on the other side of the divide I would put a little note in my address book saying LC (the “L” stood for lying) if…

Welsh local elections: five things to watch out for

It’s almost that time of year again: election season. For our clients, this can be important. Long-term relationships can be lost overnight and a new set of stakeholders with different ideas introduced. It’s critical that business looks ahead to assess who may be winners and losers in May. Last year’s devolved elections in Wales saw…

Battle lines drawn in Greater Manchester Mayoral race

On Friday night, hundreds of top industry professionals gathered to hear from the candidates to become Greater Manchester’s first elected mayor; Andy Burnham, Sean Anstee and Jane Brophy, at the Midland Hotel. Newgate sister agency PPS was delighted to be a sponsor for this well attended and exciting event, which was not so much a…

2017: The Year Of… Who Knows?

The blog below, written by Newgate CEO Gavin Devine, was originally published on HuffPost Politics. And so another year ends and a new one begins. And the beginning of January has brought the usual crop of ‘forward looks’ for the year. So I thought I’d follow suit, although hopefully with a new twist: I am…