Simplistic Brexit Leave Campaign Makes Strong Case for Victory

Simplistic Brexit Leave Campaign Makes Strong Case for Victory

The Leave campaign ahead of the Brexit referendum focused on one simplistic, but effective, argument about the need to close national borders, which played on the fears of globalization-fatigued and insecure people, and gave the Outers every chance of a victory in Thursday’s vote. Read Michael Burrell’s opinion piece, published by Sputnik News ahead of the EU referendum last week. Read more

Michael Burrell
Michael Burrell
Guide to the EU Referendum Count – ten key moments through the night

Guide to the EU Referendum Count – ten key moments through the night

Connect will be tweeting updates throughout the count night.  In advance we thought we would give you a guide to some of the declaration times and ten potential key moments of the count to watch for. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford

Connect changes ownership

Connect Communications has changed ownership following a management buy-out by Andy Sawford, Sarah King and Laura Blake. The following public statement has been issued:

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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
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
DevoComment: Something or nothing?

DevoComment: Something or nothing?

Things are starting to get lively on the Devo front! A rash of star studded conferences and events are now on the fixture list and we have already seen one major Devo deal being struck in 2016: a deal which will see Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire work together under one elected Mayor for the North Midlands (not East Midlands!). Read more

Lora Shopova
Labour’s ‘free vote’ on Syria

Labour’s ‘free vote’ on Syria

Jeremy Corbyn has backed down from imposing a three-line Whip on Labour MPs over Syria. He may have been impressed by the argument that MPs should be able to vote with their conscience, or perhaps struck by the potential hypocrisy, having spent thirty years defying the Whip. But what is more likely is that Corbyn stepped back from the abyss when it became clear that he would face resignations from the frontbench. Labour MPs will now be given a ‘free vote’. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
EU campaign: is it make your mind up time?

EU campaign: is it make your mind up time?

News that one of the Home Secretary’s closest advisers and a long-standing Conservative campaigner will leave the Home Office to campaign to leave the EU shows that Westminster insiders are already picking their sides. Stephen Parkinson, Theresa May’s longest-serving special adviser, will join Matthew Elliott and Dominic Cummings (former Gove SpAd) at Vote Leave – an offshoot of Business For Britain. For the campaign this is a prize hire – Parkinson has experience as the national organiser for the NO to AV campaign, served in CCHQ and in Lord Ashcroft’s target seat campaign. How long before others follow suit? Read more

Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt
Sadiq Khan’s team and policies

Sadiq Khan’s team and policies

Sadiq won the contest to be Labour’s candidate for London Mayor by a clear margin today. He is a very smart, thoroughly decent guy who will make a good Mayor, if he can beat the Tory’s likely candidate, Zac Goldsmith.   Here are three quick thoughts on today’s result. Read more

Andy Sawford
Andy Sawford
Lunch with… Gill Morris

Lunch with… Gill Morris

In the second installment of a new Public Affairs News feature, PRCA director general Francis Ingham dines with Connect Communications chair Gill Morris in Shepherd’s restaurant.

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