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  • FleishmanHillard Fishburn launches COP26 Unit

    November 23, 2020

    With one year to go until the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, FleishmanHillard Fishburn has launched a dedicated COP26 unit to advise its UK and global clients in the lead up to, during and after the COP26 meeting. The cross-practice, fully integrated team brings together senior advisers with extensive experience in environment and sustainability issues from across the business, spanning corporate reputation, public affairs, international affairs, digital and social, and content strategy...

  • Restart & Recovery: Conservative Party Conference Boris’ big relaunch

    October 6, 2020

    By Tomos Davies - Director, Public Affairs.   The Conservative Party Conference, like so many aspects of daily life, was quite a different affair this year. Few public affairs practitioners will have mourned the tedium of attending the 8am fringe event, the customary rabble-rousing from the main conference hall or the warm (and cheap!) white wine. And whilst this year’s affair was devoid of the political theatre of previous conferences, the adulating Tory faithful and...

  • A Tricky Conservative Conference 2020 for International Trade

    October 5, 2020

    By Michael Hartt, Head of International Affairs, and Luke Downham, Senior Account Executive, Public Affairs.   This year’s Conservative Party Conference was meant to be a high-water mark of Boris Johnson’s leadership of a party grateful for the 80-seat majority he handed to them back in December. Instead of basking in the warm glow of an adoring party, the Prime Minister is faced with multiple crises and a battle to resurrect his premiership. With his...

  • The New rules of political engagement

    April 30, 2020

    The New rules of political engagement. By Sara Williams, Associate Director If I had to pick a phrase that best sums up the conversations I’ve been having with clients and colleagues since the crisis began it would be this: “Actually, this Technology works rather well”   In a period characterised by uncertainty and negativity, it seems we can all agree that one positive constant has been how different digital platforms and tools have helped public affairs practitioners...

  • Communicating in a crisis: Reflections from the front line

    April 28, 2020

    Communicating in a crisis: Reflections from the Front line By Liam McCloy, Director and Partner Almost 60 years ago JFK said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” His words will resonate for many of the general public currently in lockdown, but for those running businesses the situation is more complex. Many companies who shut their doors to protect their workforce are still struggling in practice...

  • BoJo found his MoJo, but how long can he GoGo?

    October 4, 2019

    There are few politicians who are greeted with the adulation of a rock-star and who relish being the centre of attention. Boris Johnson is one such political beast. Time after time, he would rock up at party conferences to be greeted by the inevitable scrum of journalists which, much to their annoyance, would overshadow the keynote addresses of successive Conservative leaders. For a boy who aspired to be “World King” and who plotted most of...

  • Engaging with Labour: Conference 2019 and beyond

    September 20, 2019

    Boris Johnson only walked through the door of Number 10 in July, yet the feeling remains that Jeremy Corbyn could be on course to snatch the keys at short notice. A tumultuous September has seen a resurgent Corbyn instrumental in Parliamentary manoeuvres to block a no-deal Brexit on 31st October, with Johnson looking boxed-in and short on options. This year’s Labour Conference presents an opportunity for the party, after nine years in Opposition, to capitalise...

  • How will Boris Johnson advance his domestic agenda beyond Brexit?

    August 22, 2019

    As his cavalcade arrived at Downing Street on 24 July, few could imagine what was really going on in Boris Johnson’s mind. He had meticulously planned his rise to the top from his halcyon days at Eton and his Presidency of the Oxford Union. With sky-high approval ratings as Mayor of London, his destiny appeared to be fulfilled after his two successful terms during the Cameron years. However, Johnson’s leadership of the Leave Camp during...

  • Looking ahead at the Conservative Leadership Contest

    May 31, 2019

    With the starting-gun fired, as many as 15 potential leadership candidates are under starter’s orders and expected to mount a leadership challenge for Theresa May’s crown, now that her resignation date has been announced for 7th June. Conservative MPs proudly consider themselves the most sophisticated electorate in the world – combining the cunning of Machiavelli with the hard-headed pragmatism of the most electorally successful political party in Western Europe. With such a crowded field, set...

  • A Summary of the 2019 Spring Statement

    March 13, 2019

    This lunchtime, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement in the Commons. His speech pinpointed the Government’s achievements on growth and jobs while warning about the “cloud of uncertainty” following last night’s Brexit vote, which he said could jeopardise the UK’s economic recovery and exhaust its cash reserves for public services.   In summary: Hammond argued that the economy had “defied expectations” and was forecast to grow 1.2% in 2019 – lower than the 1.6%...