Autumn Statement 2016: Connect’s briefing

Autumn Statement 2016: Connect’s briefing

With the fallout from the EU Referendum and Conservative divisions playing out daily in the media and Parliament, the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond is under pressure to use his first Autumn Statement to unite his Party and demonstrate that the Government has a solid plan for the UK’s future outside the EU. Read more

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US Election – how the night will unfold for UK viewers

US Election – how the night will unfold for UK viewers

Most people in the UK will wake up on Wednesday morning to the news of who the new US President is.  This is a short guide for those that can’t wait to find out the result of this dramatic, if at times unedifying, election.  Throughout the night the BBC, ITV and Sky all have election special programmes, and you may be able to access CNN and other channels.  Here is a rough guide to timings of the key moments through the night on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, shown in UK time.

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Conservative Party Leadership

Conservative Party Leadership

It was a rare moment of clarity when Graham Brady, the Chairman of the Conservative 1922 Committee, announced the five candidates for the leadership on Thursday 30 June. Nominations have closed, these five will stand.

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Charles Pitt
Charles Pitt
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