About bloody time

About bloody time

Isabella Hunter-Fajardo explores the recent announcements on menstrual wellbeing and period poverty.

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Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
Recruiting the best: the hiring tools you need to tip the gender balance

Recruiting the best: the hiring tools you need to tip the gender balance

Connect is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day and this year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter which is working towards building a gender-balanced workforce, with equal opportunity for all. The movement advocates that balance is not simply a women’s issue, it’s a business issue and that it is an essential component for economies and communities to thrive and develop.

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Florence Woodrow
Florence Woodrow
TIG is a wake-up call to both parties – if they will hear it.

TIG is a wake-up call to both parties – if they will hear it.

The emergence of The Independent Group of MPs (TIG) has brought a new thread to the Brexit weave with just five weeks to go until 29 March. Our clients have been asking if this represents a real shift in UK politics or a moment that will pass. To give something that resembles a coherent answer we need first to hit pause and look at the different elements at play.

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Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt
It’s a paradox, but 2019 could be the best and worst of times

It’s a paradox, but 2019 could be the best and worst of times

We live in a paradoxical age. UK politics remains in a state of constant turmoil, and even the most hopeful commentators recognise that the first quarter of this year will be challenging. The Foreign Secretary said this week that the “rules-based international system is under greater strain than for many decades”. President Trump continues to confound. And yet there has never been a better time to be alive: the world literacy rate is 85%, the number of girls in primary school is now 90%, people are healthier and wealthier than ever. Read more

Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt
Steps towards Transgender Equality

Steps towards Transgender Equality

20th November was Transgender Day of Remembrance, which marked the lives tragically lost to transphobic acts of violence. Every year, dozens of trans people are murdered because of who they are, and in the UK, 22 transgender lives have been lost since the beginning of 2018 and 45% of young trans people have attempted suicide.
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Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
Housing and Transport: The importance of achieving an integrated approach

Housing and Transport: The importance of achieving an integrated approach

The Transport Knowledge Hub (TKH) is currently holding a series of events across the UK on the topic of how sustainable transport can unlock the benefits of new housing which has been attended by experts across the housing and transport sector, in addition to representatives from local and national government. Given the scale and challenge of the housing crisis, these events have been a timely intervention and generated insightful discussions about the importance of having a more integrated approach between housing and transport. Read more

Jimmy Coles
Jimmy Coles
Armistice 100: how the government has remembered World War One

Armistice 100: how the government has remembered World War One

Over the last four years the government has quietly and successfully delivered a four-year programme built around the UK’s turbulent relationship with continental Europe. Read more

Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt
30 hours free childcare – a policy that works for everyone?

30 hours free childcare – a policy that works for everyone?

 

In the political calendar, party conferences may feel like a lifetime ago. Over a month has passed since Westminster uprooted to Liverpool and Manchester respectively to hear from the highest echelons of our political parties about the future of the country. Read more

Connect Comms
Keeping up with Connect: House of Lords – Content or Not Content?

Keeping up with Connect: House of Lords – Content or Not Content?

In the first of a series of debates on the Connect blog, Isabella Hunter-Fajardo makes the case for the House of Lords.

House of Laws: in defence of the Second Chamber

The wealth of experience in the Second Chamber is an asset to the UK’s legislative process. At Connect, we often track Bills, or even specific amendments and clauses for clients as they progress through Parliament. Seeing the depth and quality of debate during the respective stages of legislation in the Commons and Lords has given me an appreciation of the role the Upper House plays. Read more

Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
Isabella Hunter-Fajardo
The Tories are developing a manifesto: now is the time to shape their thinking

The Tories are developing a manifesto: now is the time to shape their thinking

After a week’s blanket coverage of his recent column in the Daily Telegraph, Boris Johnson has this week shifted his focus from burqas to building and to the government’s biggest domestic challenge: addressing the housing crisis. Perhaps he has taken note of another Conservative MP Chris Skidmore writing, this time in the Sunday Telegraph, that Conservatives must start talking about the bread and butter issues that matter to voters Read more

Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt