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23 November 2023
On the Hunt for growth
In an age of political surprises – most recently the return of former Prime Minister David Cameron to the cabinet – Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement felt surprisingly straightforward. There was no rabbit-in-the-hat moment, no grand reveal. In fact, it was all rather Conservative, with both a small ‘c’ and a big ‘C’. This did not mean Hunt was boring – he effectively ribbed his opposite number, Rachel Reeves, and poked fun at Sir Keir Starmer – but rather just conventional. As anticipated, there were tax cuts for both individuals and business. Among the headline announcements, national insurance (NI) contributions for both employees and the self-employed were cut, saving a typical employee about £450 a year...
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10 October 2023
Has Keir Starmer found his sparkle?
If the protester who covered Sir Keir Starmer in glitter at the start of his conference speech intended to throw the UK Labour leader off his stride, he failed. This was Starmer’s most assured and ambitious speech since he became party leader in 2019, with one party veteran telling me it was the best speech they had heard from a Labour leader since Tony Blair left office in 2007. It was, perhaps surprisingly a year from a General Election, a speech light on policy. Keen not to be outflanked by the Conservatives on the economy – and in keeping with his cautious approach more generally – Starmer avoided any significant spending commitments or grandiose policy pledges.
6 October 2023
True North Analysis: Labour win the Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election
Over the autumn conference season, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has begun to flesh out dividing lines with Sir Keir Starmer, particularly around net zero. By delaying specific targets – as well as scrapping the totemic HS2 in favour of local infrastructure investment – Sunak is gambling that he can win over voters who feel increasingly remote from Westminster politics. But by positioning himself as the change candidate, Sunak also risks reminding voters of Conservative Party failings less than a year away from a General Election....
26 September 2023
North East’s first workplace menopause event is Flushed with Success
Over 50 senior businesswomen from across the North East attended a unique breakfast event in Aberdeen to discuss how employers can better prepare for the menopause. Organised by Aileen Easton, Chief Corporate Affairs Advisor at True North Advisors, Shona Macaskill of Gary Walker Wealth Management and Ali Findlay, Chief Executive of The Lane, Flushed with Success is the first event of its kind in the North East...