Political Insider – Friday 20 September 2019

Political Insider – Friday 20 September 2019

Political Insider – Friday 20 September 2019

It’s been another eventful week for Boris Johnson as he was booed and jeered leaving a working lunch with the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. He then opted out of plans to speak alongside Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, after being targeted by a larger crowd.

The Prime Minister was then confronted by a gentleman at Whipps Cross University Hospital in north-east London, who said his seven-day-old daughter had been “gravely ill”, telling Mr Johnson there were not enough staff and the NHS is suffering under his watch. The PM later wrote on Twitter that the encounter was not “an embarrassment” but “part of my job”.

Former PM David Cameron is also making headlines this week. On Wednesday he revealed that he asked whether the Queen could “raise an eyebrow” about the prospect of Scotland voting for independence. As part of his memoirs being released this week, it was announced that he sought help from royal officials days before the 2014 vote amid “mounting panic” he may lose. What was discussed was not “anything that would be in any way improper… but just a raising of the eyebrow even… a quarter of an inch”, he said. The Queen later urged people to “think very carefully about the future”.

The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has pledged to stop indyref2 “dead in its tracks” even if pro-independence parties win a majority in Scotland. The Lib Dem leader also said his party would stop Brexit and ruled out future coalitions with Labour or the Tories. His comments follow those of UK party leader Jo Swinson who said the Lib Dems would be the “stop Brexit party”. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to have another vote on leaving the UK in 2020.

Scotland’s economy shrank between April and June, according to the latest official figures. Data released by the Scottish government shows output contracted by 0.3% over the period. Construction saw a sharp reduction in activity – and Scotland’s service sector barely grew. GDP in Scotland was up by 0.7% over the year, while the UK economy grew by 1.2% over the same period. In June it emerged total output from the Scottish economy grew at its fastest pace for two years in the first three months of 2019.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a report on the challenges facing younger generations in the face of environmental breakdown and increased economic turbulence. The report is part of a series of discussion papers on the impact of the environmental breakdown. It concludes the leadership shown by young people taking action on these issues should be better recognised through formal representation of the interests in decision-making systems and calls for the voting age to be lowered to 16. The report recommends the UK Government create a Future Generations Act to formally create protections for future generations. The Act would ensure businesses were prepared for their long-term trajectories and ensure new civil rights were protected by law.

On Wednesday, the housing industry was brought together to celebrate Scottish Housing Day, focusing on the positive impact that good quality housing makes to the lives of people and communities across Scotland. With several Perceptive clients working within the industry, we were delighted to create media moments throughout the week to help them showcase all the great work they do for Scottish Housing.

It was confirmed on Thursday the BBC Sports Personality of the Year is to be held for the first time in Aberdeen at P&J Live at The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA), which was developed by Perceptive client, Henry Boot Developments and constructed by Robertson on behalf of Aberdeen City Council. Lewis Macdonald Labour MSP for North East Scotland tabled a motion at Holyrood congratulating TECA on being named as the host for this prestigious event which has only been held in Scotland once before. 

And finally… We were delighted to attend Action for Children’s Never Mind the Business event, the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year. It’s a very different networking event (jeans and t-shirt attire) and revolves around a music themed quiz which pits teams against each other throughout the evening. Last night raised an impressive £166,185. 

If you or your organisation would benefit from our political insight and specialist knowledge and contacts at all political levels, please get in touch with Julie Moulsdale on 07734 932578 or julie.moulsdale@perceptivecommunicators.co.uk    

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