Your guide to Labour Party Conference

Here is the absolute definitive guide to this year’s Labour Party Conference in Brighton. Covering all the spills, thrills, tortuous agonising over party process, and what exactly is likely to cause the biggest row. In The Loop The most important thing to remember at conference is that while the Party’s more loyal foot soldiers willRead more

Is anyone listening? Liberal Democrat Party Conference 2017

Liberal Democrat delegates gathered in Bournemouth in mixed spirits last weekend (16-19 September). While they regained some of their big names at the election in June, they had higher hopes than going from nine to twelve MPs. They started the election hoping to be the voice of Remainers, the 48 per cent, and called themselvesRead more

Northern Irish devolution: Some Assembly required

Before the Assembly collapsed in January this year – in the wake of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scandal – there were extraordinary scenes. In the days in December 2016 all the parties except the DUP left the Chamber as the First Minister, Arlene Foster, got up to defend her role in making the RHIRead more

Devolution? Here in Yorkshire? Don’t talk soft!

Yorkshire and the Humber is by far England’s largest county and, with 5.3 million people at the last census, boasts a larger population than Scotland. It is a region with its own culture, its own dialect and a fierce, almost nationalist pride in its history, particularly on the sports field. It has the most successfulRead more

Life after office: Living on the fringe or having a ball?

We’ve all had it. Sat in the day job wondering if you were made for something different. Maybe you are the funny one in the office and think you could make it in comedy, or you fancy yourself to be an author? People tend not to indulge these flights of fancy. However, the upheaval thatRead more

Top 10 Comms Catastrophes of the Season

It’s silly season, and politics is – supposedly – taking a break for summer. So, no more slip ups, PR gaffes or embarrassing u-turns, right? Wrong. Despite decades to fine tune the art of communication, we still see companies spending thousands on advertising campaigns only for them to end in humiliating, and often highly amusing,Read more

Shuffle the pack or stack the deck? What to watch for in a reshuffle

Big, life changing events can inspire people to clean house and start again. Not so for Theresa May when the Conservatives limped over the finish line in June – fearing the repercussions of too much change, she opted instead to keep a largely identical cabinet in place. Recently, however, reports of an impending reshuffle haveRead more

Moggmentum, Moggmania, Moggles: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s true blue vision for the Conservative Party

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a politically-minded man in possession of a growing grassroots movement must be in want of a leadership bid? Well, in the words of Jacob Rees-Mogg himself, he wants to be a “servant of the Conservative Party, not its master”, but still has a vision for how the ConservativeRead more