Consultation is never a silver bullet to securing planning permission, but it is necessary and de-risks the process, says Louise Page-Jennings. Read more
Connect Communications has won the prestigious Party Conference Fringe Event of the Year at the Public Affairs Awards 2016 for the Fraud Fringe. Read more
This has been another week dominated by Brexit. Despite Zac Goldsmith’s greatest efforts, the Richmond by-election became a vote about Brexit rather than Heathrow expansion. He wouldn’t have been helped by notes from Mark Field’s aide, purportedly revealing a hard ‘have your cake and eat it’ Brexit strategy. Read more
In a year which has seen elections in London, Scotland, Wales much of England and across the UK, it seems extraordinary that we might be subjected to another early poll. Yet rumours abound of a snap election. One hack claims MPs have been secretly taken into No. 10 to have their election photo with the new PM.
This is why I don’t think it’s going to happen. (Warning – predictions made on this blog are subject to change.) Read more
Unlike Tories and Labour, neither the SNP’s rapidly rising membership nor the recent upheavals of Brexit and a change in Prime Minister have unsettled the party machine. In stark contrast to the public airing of sectarian party divisions this conference season, the conference saw little public division. Instead the tensions within the party membership are under the surface. Long-time party members could be heard commenting on the increasingly commercial focus of the conference. 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 Liberal Democrat Spring Conference 2015 took place in Liverpool this week and it was definitely one for the core. I attended what was a quiet, muted conference on behalf of Connect and came away worried for the future of the party I notionally support, and bemused by the slightly bizarre conference rally.
Ahead of the Labour Party Conference in Manchester next week, Connect’s Steve Barwick looks at the big six questions which may or may not be answered.