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….

What does 2019 have in store for the City?

A look ahead at 2019 by Newgate’s Gareth Jones and Henry Adefope. Introduction: A challenging year Will 2019 prove to be another challenging year for UK financial services? For those involved in banking, capital markets, asset management and insurance, the upcoming political and regulatory agenda suggests it will be. A year of potential disruption is…

Brexit: Time Is Not On Our Side

By Dafydd Rees If you are looking for some sense of perspective of how far the UK’s collective corporate reputation has fallen this festive season, just watch the anchors on international news TV channels grappling with the bizarre political machinations at Westminster. Here’s a flavour of some of the questions from bemused US TV news…

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The Perfect Application

The article below featured in the December edition of Housebuilder magazine. Newgate associate partner David Scane observes a scene that might be familar to many developers as the vagaries of the planning process scupper “the perfect application”. On a cold evening in September I sat in the public gallery of a local authority watching the…