What does Labour’s new leader and frontbench team mean for UK politics?

By Gareth Jones, Associate Partner in Newgate’s Public Affairs Team After winning a landslide victory in Labour’s leadership contest last Saturday, Sir Keir Starmer has set about forming his new shadow cabinet that he hopes will provide effective opposition to the Conservatives in Parliament and also help reconnect Labour with its communities and voters across…

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…

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…

Labour’s energy nationalisation: A plan to erase the legacy of Thatcherism

By Gareth Jones The Labour Party has today officially launched its plans to nationalise the UK’s energy networks, in a major speech delivered by Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Business Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey. This accompanies the publication of an official policy document, entitled Bringing Energy Home – a detailed proposal and rationale for bringing the UK’s…

Plymouth – Labour’s big victory?

It is telling that it was Plymouth rather than London where Jeremy Corbyn chose to spend the morning of May 4th. Despite expectations that Labour would take control of at least one of Barnet, Wandsworth or Westminster councils, their big victory on the night came in the south west. Standing on Plymouth Hoe, Corbyn declared…

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…

Britain’s political leadership is a sad indictment on the country

The country’s political leadership ranges from ineptitude to invisibility. Theresa May’s government lunges from crisis to crisis. One has to have some sympathy for her: every time it looks as though she is getting on the front foot – reclaiming an opinion poll lead over Labour, making progress in the EU withdrawal talks, displaying international…

Corbyn takes aim at the City

Jeremy Corbyn issued a warning to the UK financial sector yesterday, by pledging that he would “stand up to bankers” and set out his plans to rebalance the economy in favour of jobs and industry. In a speech delivered to the EEF National Manufacturing Conference, Corbyn declared that the dominance of deregulated finance over the…