Month: February 2019

Challenges ahead for The Independent Group: Are ‘centrist’ voters a myth?

The Independent Group (TIG) of MPs continues to grow, now numbering eight former Labour Members and three from the Conservatives. Their total of eleven now matches the size of the Liberal Democrat grouping in the Commons. The chances are there are still some other defections to come. If you believe things are being skilfully coordinated …

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‘Independents’ Day’: Labour resignations rock Westminster, more to come?

Yesterday saw seven MPs quit the Labour Party to form ‘the Independent Group’ in the House of Commons. The departing MPs were Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey. The ongoing anti-Semitism row, Corbyn’s position on Brexit, an alleged culture of internal party bullying and the perceived …

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Boundary Reviews: The political landscape of London is changing, but by how much?

There’s something very significant going on in London at the moment that most people have never even heard of. During 2019/20, sixteen of London’s boroughs are set to go through a review of their councillor ward boundaries. Since July last year nine others have undergone reviews, the remaining seven have had reviews in the last …

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Alternative facts, fake news, and filter bubbles – navigating the new(s) norm

By Jason MacKenzie FCIPR FCIM,  Managing Partner, Corporate Communications ‘Post-Truth’ was the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year in 2016. It’s a contemporary adjective for an ancient concept. It defines an era where facts carry less force than emotional appeals, and opinions can be shaped more profoundly by stories than by hard data. Post-truth nestles well in our postmodern …

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