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…

Is further devolution the only route left for Northern Rail?

By George Robinson The current Northern Rail franchise has had a troubled existence. Shortly after it started, it got hammered by industrial relations issues. It was then particularly affected by the timetable travails of May 2018, along with GTR. Things aren’t getting any easier. Several weeks ago, Northern’s operating group, Arriva, was put up for…

Planning Barometer 2019: Natural Partners – But Poles Apart

By Perry Miller With Brexit continuing to dominate the headlines, it is easy to forget that other urgent and ongoing issues – which arguably have a far greater impact on people’s daily lives – continue unchecked. And certainly, when it comes to the ongoing housing crisis, local politicians are far from ready to join in…

Local elections 2019: the view from the cutting floor

By Douglas Johnson Last week’s local elections in England saw the Liberal Democrats make significant gains at the expense of the Conservatives and Labour. It’s tempting to focus on the national significance on the results, particularly with European elections now two weeks away. But for those working in the local government areas affected by the…

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…

Public problems

By Tom Jones Anti-social behaviour has become a major problem across Manchester and, following increasing reports from concerned residents, Manchester City Council has decided to seek public feedback on a new City Centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). If adopted the PSPO would cover the city centre areas of Piccadilly Gardens, Chinatown, Piccadilly and the…

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….