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
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.
Connect is often asked by our clients to explain parliamentary procedure and it does not get more complex than Statutory Instruments. We thought you might find this short primer useful to put the vote on changes to Tax Credits in the House of Lords in context. Read more
Over the past three weeks the Connect team have been in Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester attending the first party conferences after the 2015 General Election. Our Conference Round-up reviews the conferences, gives our take on the mood, a review of the Leader’s Speeches, and a light-hearted look at the conference fringe. We have also included a summary of the party policies and key announcements, which should be a useful resource as you think about how to engage with the parties in the months and years ahead. Read more
The 2015 Queen’s Speech and State Opening of Parliament will take place on Wednesday 27 May 2015. It is David Cameron’s fifth Queen’s Speech as Prime Minister but the first wholly Conservative Queen’s Speech since John Major’s final Parliament as Prime Minister in October 1996. Connect’s Queen’s Speech Briefing sets out some of the Bills that could be included as well as any potential barriers to their becoming law. Read more
There is little more than a week to go until the General Election and we’ve now had all of the manifestos from the major parties. There were few big surprises.
Connect has trawled through all of the manifestos to pull out the key election pledges that could shape the next government and put them together in one handy place – whether it’s to see which policies might affect your business, or just to help you decide which party to vote for next Thursday, our handy guide is an essential pre-election read. Read more
Now in its tenth year of formal graduate recruitment, Connect Communications is delighted to welcome new Graduate Trainee Charlotte Wells to the team. To help Charlotte on her way, our two most recent graduates Melanie Pope and Leonie Blakeway reflect on their first six months in public affairs.
Full blog published on the PubAffairs website.