The big news from the Liberal Democrat conference was that there wasn’t really any news. On Monday, the middle day of the conference, The Today Programme’s 7.10am and 8.10am slots were both occupied by the news of Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for bringing unity to the Labour party in parliament. Again on Tuesday, the day of Tim Farron’s big Leader’s Speech, the Lib Dems did not feature at all. Read more
A housing market that works for everyone: is there a shift in Government policy towards the private rented sector?
Last week members of the Connect team caught up on the latest political and industry trends at RESI, Property Week’s annual conference on the UK residential property market. Read more
Silly season is the glorious summer period in which politicians are dispatched on their holidays, and lobby journalists scrabble around for something, anything to fill the news. In the south of France, MPs quake in their flip flops at the thought of a two-page spread on whether they are “beach body ready”; in the UK, their pets hold a new fascination for the public. Read more
“Too much politics” is set to continue with Parliament resuming today – four key Parliamentary dates before Christmas
Saturday September 24
The result of the Labour leadership contest may now be predictable – Jeremy Corbyn is odds on favourite – but what happens after that is far less so. Will Jeremy reach out and form an inclusive Shadow Cabinet? Will he be able to?
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
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
The short answer to this intentionally provocative question is probably ‘no’. It is right that the Prince of Wales, as heir to the throne, is kept informed about the business of government. Read more
Connect came away with the Planning Campaign of the Year award at the Public Affairs Awards last night (Thursday 10 December 2015) for our work with Bode to stimulate the redevelopment of Archway Town Centre. The award caps an excellent year for Connect’s property service, which has secured planning permission for our clients for more than a 1,000 new homes and hundreds of new jobs across the country. 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