GUEST POST: Robert Halfon is MP for Harlow. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn Is Keir Starmer doing that badly? I don’t want to rain on the parade of opinion poll Tory leads of anything from four to 13 per cent. Of course, it is far better to be in this position than trailing behind … Continue reading Conservatives must never be complacent about Starmer
GUEST POST: Maria Miller is a former Culture Secretary and is MP for Basingstoke. Follow on Twitter I want 2021 to be the year that we finally grasp the nettle of online abuse – to create a safer, more respectful online environment, that will lead to a kinder politics too. The need has never been … Continue reading It is time to get tough with the social media giants
"Even by the standards of Brown, Darling, Osborne and Hammond many of the details in this Budget had been leaked in advance, prompting the Speaker and the Chairman of Ways & Means to issue a joint statement reprimanding the Chancellor. In addition, you must have been hiding under a rock not to have seen the … Continue reading Reaction to #Budget2021
GUEST POST: Timothy McLean is a Parliamentary Researcher. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn “I'll never be neutral on the Union” – the familiar battle cry we hear every time a new Northern Ireland Secretary takes up residence in Stormont House. It’s time they showed some teeth... Boris Johnson is the first British Prime Minister since the Act of Union in 1801 to erect internal trade barriers … Continue reading “I’ll never be neutral on the Union.” Prove it!
GUEST POST: Peter Bingle is Director at The Terrapin Group. Connect on LinkedIn There is no more thankless job in British politics than being Leader of the Opposition. This is even more of a truism during a pandemic when the public mood dictates that politicians put to one side petty partisan point scoring and do what’s … Continue reading Sir Keir – duller than dull
GUEST POST: Tony Freeman is a Freelance Thought Leadership Consultant specialising in financial technology. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn Shortly after the 2016 EU referendum, I visited Singapore to meet-up with clients and colleagues in my role as Brexit policy manager for a large US-headquartered global financial services firm. I offered to deliver a briefing for the local team and was greeted … Continue reading Singapore-on-Thames: why is this a bad idea?
GUEST POST: Fraser Raleigh is an Associate Director at SEC Newsgate and a former Conservative Special Adviser. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn As the Prime Minister held a sombre press conference last night to mark the grim milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths in the UK, he might have thought back to when he stood at the Downing … Continue reading When blame’s not a game
GUEST POST: Patrick Adams is a political consultant. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn Last Saturday, Boris Johnson was the first European leader to receive a call from the 46th US President Joseph R. Biden Jr (Joe Biden for short). According to the transcripts and tweets – driving “a green and sustainable recovery from Covid-19” are top of … Continue reading Joe Biden is good for the UK
GUEST POST: Joshua Woolliscroft is an Account Manager at MPC. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn For amateur and professional psephologists alike, this year’s local elections – if they go ahead – look set to be more exciting than usual. Not only is this the first electoral clash between the Prime Minister and Sir Keir … Continue reading 2021 local elections – to be or not to be?
GUEST POST: James Somerville-Meikle is a Committee Member of Catholics in the Conservative Party. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn As the dust settled on post war Britain, Winston Churchill asked Sir Hugh Fraser, then MP for Stafford, to help get more Catholics involved in the Conservative Party. Sir Hugh was one of a tiny number of … Continue reading The Party and the Catholic community can find much common ground
GUEST POST: Mo Metcalf-Fisher is Head of Press at the Countryside Alliance. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn It’s easy to get frustrated, but after a few months on the job you quickly get used to it. The main reason for this is that you learn the quickest and easiest way of addressing a problem … Continue reading Why doesn’t the BBC give reporters a by-line?
GUEST POST: Owen Meredith is CEO of the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn How challenging is your new role of CEO of the PPA? It’s been a really interesting and exciting time to take it on. We all know the challenges every business has faced through Covid-19, particularly publishers, but … Continue reading Publishers are investing in print
Adam Honeysett-Watts is Principal Director at Conservatives in Communications Having badgered folks to read more books during the lockdowns, I decided to practice what I was preaching and also to make a note of everything I got through (all 36 – circa 11,000 pages). The only sequence to the below is the order in which … Continue reading A lockdown readathon
GUEST POST: Mario Creatura is Head of Strategic and Digital Communications at Virgin Money. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn Late on Wednesday evening Facebook chose to ban President Trump from their platform and Instagram indefinitely, but at least for the duration of his presidency. Twitter temporarily froze his account, but then took the more … Continue reading The consequences of ‘gagging’ Trump
Finley Morris is Lead for Young Conservatives in Communications and is a Parliamentary Researcher In trying to win the ear of the UK government, many organisations claim that their work contributes to the levelling-up agenda. Perhaps they are right. However, little attention is paid to what is possibly the most important nuance of all, which is that the levelling-up agenda can mean very … Continue reading Tinker, tailor: Communicating the levelling-up agenda
Adam Honeysett-Watts is Principal Director at Conservatives in Communications, Co-Chair of the PRCA Corporate Group and Founder & Director at do Different. He is a former National Executive Officer of Conservative Future (Young Conservatives) This week, President Trump ended former President Obama's 12-year run as the 'most admired man in America’ (according to the annual Gallup survey). The recognition — which … Continue reading Populism isn’t dead — it’s alive and well
GUEST POST: Eliot Wilson is Co-Founder of Pivot Point and a former House of Commons Clerk. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn Being prime minister is not an easy job. Whether you adopt the approach of Thatcher’s four-hours-a-night, or Macmillan’s retreating to Trollope novels at moments of extreme stress, it is a position which occupies your every waking … Continue reading Boris must find the bandwidth to take on Sturgeon
GUEST POST: Sir Robbie Gibb is Senior Advisor at Kekst CNC and former Director of Communications at No.10 Downing Street. Follow on Twitter. Connect on LinkedIn A little over a year ago, Boris Johnson went into the general election promising the British public: “Back me and I will get Brexit done.” They did and he … Continue reading Boris has won the Brexit war, now he has to win the peace
Adam Honeysett-Watts, Principal Director at Conservatives in Communications, spoke to Matt Honeycombe-Foster at POLITICO about the future of the industry. The image below includes the comments that were used for his article, otherwise you'll find the full transcript as a blog post. Do you predict public affairs/comms industry will carry on with bits of the … Continue reading 2021: A review
Conservatives in Communications (CiC), the independent network of 675 professionals (including 44 current MPs and peers), has doubled the number of industry patrons supporting its efforts, while ensuring that 50% of them are women. Adam Honeysett-Watts, Principal Director, said: “As an industry, we need to do more to support women in public affairs and communications. Thankfully, there are many … Continue reading New patron appointments