DevoComment: all elections are local

DevoComment: all elections are local

Old habits die hard in the Westminster village where the media and commentators see local and devolved elections as a verdict on the party leaders and an indication of the next General Election. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Elections and other serious business

Elections and other serious business

Connect Account Director Charles Pitt writes for PubAffairs on the week’s developments, including elections, the Housing and Planning Bill and Wednesday’s PMQs. The original article can be found here.

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Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt
DevoComment: Time for Northern Tories to get on board

DevoComment: Time for Northern Tories to get on board

I am that rare and exotic species: a northern Tory. When George Osborne announced his ambition to build a Northern Powerhouse I cheered him on – finally, after years of neglect from successive southern-facing Governments, here was a Chancellor pledging to invest in the North of England. Read more

Lora Shopova
Budget 2016: Connect’s Budget Briefing

Budget 2016: Connect’s Budget Briefing

With the EU Referendum looming and Conservative divisions playing out daily in the media and Parliament, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne faces a real challenge to grab the headlines with this Budget.

Download the full Connect Budget briefing here. Read more

Chris Russell
Chris Russell
DevoBudget: Devo needs budget – and democratic – boost

DevoBudget: Devo needs budget – and democratic – boost

Today’s guest DevoIntelligence blog comes from Dr Peter Kenway, director and co-founder of independent think tank New Policy Institute which focuses on local government finance, taxes and poverty.

Devolution cannot escape its context. If it had followed on the heels of the 2007 Lyons Inquiry, devolution would have been taking place at a time when the share of UK economic resources deployed by local government was approaching a post-1945 high. Read more

DevoIntelligence
Top tips for preparing and doing media interviews

Top tips for preparing and doing media interviews

Over the years I have helped many people prepare for media interviews and I have been interviewed myself hundreds of times on tv, radio and with print media.  Media interviews can be a great opportunity to get your message across but they can also go horribly wrong.  I hope my advice on how to prepare and tips for doing interviews will help make sure your next media appearance is a triumph that you’ll want all your colleagues and friends to hear about. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Implications for business of Brexit  – British exit from the EU following the 23rd June referendum

Implications for business of Brexit – British exit from the EU following the 23rd June referendum

There will be huge implications for business if Britain exits from the EU following the 23rd June referendum.

The date has been set, the main political players have chosen sides, and the opinion polls are volatile. The outcome of the referendum vote is very unpredictable at this stage and UK businesses should start to prepare. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
The results are in, and the verdict is… good, but could do better

The results are in, and the verdict is… good, but could do better

This week the powerful Communities and Local Government Select Committee published its findings Devolution: the next five years and beyond after hearing evidence from a range of key devolution players including the interim Manchester mayor Tony Lloyd, Liverpool’s mighty mayor Joe Anderson, London’s Sir Eddie Lister, and Devo Minister James Wharton. What was the Committee’s verdict on the success of the Government’s devolution plans?
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James Noble
James Noble
Headlines, puns and infighting

Headlines, puns and infighting

Connect Account Manager James Moseley writes for PubAffairs on the week’s developments as Jeremy Corbyn talks Trident and the Falklands, Parliament debates Donald Trump, and infighting spreads through the Leave campaign and Labour HQ. The original article can be found here.

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Connect Comms
Graduate Trainee programme now open

Graduate Trainee programme now open

Connect’s 2016 graduate trainee programme is now open. For further details click here. Read more

Lora Shopova