News & Insights  |  Posted April 23, 2024

Why true debating skills matter more than ever in modern politics

Somewhere between the carefully prepared statements, ambiguous answers and never-ending bluster, the art of debating has been all but forgotten in politics. Here Joseph Hutchison argues why debating skills are more relevant than ever in today’s world.

Somewhere between the carefully prepared statements, ambiguous answers and never-ending bluster, the art of debating has been all but forgotten in politics. Here Joseph Hutchison argues why debating skills are more relevant than ever in today’s world.

Joseph Hutchison stands at a table while debating his point.

News & Insights  |  Posted April 4, 2024

The race for the Scottish Businesss Vote

It’s a marathon not a sprint but Scottish Labour seems to find it harder than their UK counterparts to forge ahead in the polls and as Managing Partner John Penman reveals, the same may be true when it comes to winning over business.

It’s a marathon not a sprint but Scottish Labour seems to find it harder than their UK counterparts to forge ahead in the polls and as Managing Partner John Penman reveals, the same may be true when it comes to winning over business.

News & Insights  |  Posted March 8, 2024

Women to watch in British politics in 2024

This International Women’s Day, we shine a spotlight on five inspirational women in politics who might not be grabbing headlines themselves but who we’re sure will be making an impact on the political scene in this crucial election year.

This International Women’s Day, we shine a spotlight on five inspirational women in politics who might not be grabbing headlines themselves but who we’re sure will be making an impact on the political scene in this crucial election year.

International Womens Day collage. Pictured: (L-R) Ayesha Hazarika, Nerissa Chesterfield, Shannon Donnelly, Jill Cuthbertson and Jess Morden MP.

News & Insights  |  Posted February 22, 2024

Six things the Gaza Row shows us about this parliament

Pressure is intensifying for House of Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, to go. 56˚ North Partner Gavin Shuker explores why chaos reigning at Westminster rarely rewards the incumbent party.

Pressure is intensifying for House of Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, to go. 56˚ North Partner Gavin Shuker explores why chaos reigning at Westminster rarely rewards the incumbent party.

Lindsay Hoyle sitting in House of Commons

News & Insights  |  Posted February 14, 2024

The big business of sports documentaries

The fly-on-the-wall sports documentary seems to be everywhere but do they tell a true story of what happens? 56° North Director Sophie Ashcroft has a better handle on this than most. Here she gives us a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be in one, as well as some sound advice in case you’re thinking that it might be right for you.

The fly-on-the-wall sports documentary seems to be everywhere but do they tell a true story of what happens? 56° North Director Sophie Ashcroft has a better handle on this than most. Here she gives us a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be in one, as well as some sound advice in case you’re thinking that it might be right for you.

Sophie Ashcroft on Sunderland Til I Die wearing a bobble hat and facing side on.

News & Insights  |  Posted January 5, 2024

What politicians must do to get business on board

As we enter an election year, Managing Partner Anthony Thompson analyses how the economy is going to dominate political campaigning in 2024 and why the political parties are battling to engage with business.

As we enter an election year, Managing Partner Anthony Thompson analyses how the economy is going to dominate political campaigning in 2024 and why the political parties are battling to engage with business.

Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaks on a podium to discuss Labour business

News & Insights  |  Posted December 21, 2023

Few Christmas presents for Scottish business in Humza Yousaf’s first Budget

When he became First Minister, Humza Yousaf made it an early priority for his government to reset the relationship with business. Yet the Scottish Government’s first Budget under his leadership offered firms very little as he put economic growth on hold in favour of filling a financial black hole. But with public services also being cut in key areas, how long will the SNP be able to hold the line that it is protecting them?

When he became First Minister, Humza Yousaf made it an early priority for his government to reset the relationship with business. Yet the Scottish Government’s first Budget under his leadership offered firms very little as he put economic growth on hold in favour of filling a financial black hole. But with public services also being cut in key areas, how long will the SNP be able to hold the line that it is protecting them?

Humza Yousaf's official portrait with a Christmas bow added on top as his governemnt delivers the Scottish Budget.

News & Insights  |  Posted December 8, 2023

Its love for Labour was long lost but is Scotland now finally falling back into the party’s arms?

Labour’s UK poll lead may look impregnable but within those numbers lie many hurdles they still need to overcome. Managing Partner John Penman looks at why Scotland is becoming increasingly important to the party ahead of the next General Election.

Labour’s UK poll lead may look impregnable but within those numbers lie many hurdles they still need to overcome. Managing Partner John Penman looks at why Scotland is becoming increasingly important to the party ahead of the next General Election.

Alistair Darling's official portrait from 2007

News & Insights  |  Posted November 17, 2023

Cameron’s comeback: A gambit fraught with risk and reward, overshadowed by petulance

While Suella Braverman’s essay on “What the PM Promised Me” caused the biggest stir post-reshuffle, it is David Cameron’s unexpected return to the political stage that requires more investigating. Arron Gatley assesses some of the key factors that will determine whether Rishi Sunak’s political gamble will pay off.

While Suella Braverman’s essay on “What the PM Promised Me” caused the biggest stir post-reshuffle, it is David Cameron’s unexpected return to the political stage that requires more investigating. Arron Gatley assesses some of the key factors that will determine whether Rishi Sunak’s political gamble will pay off.

David Cameron and Rishi Sunack

News & Insights  |  Posted November 2, 2023

Tiktok and the politics of tomorrow

TikTok has the potential to be game-changing for connecting with young voters, Rebecca Mason investigates why.

TikTok has the potential to be game-changing for connecting with young voters, Rebecca Mason investigates why.

The political power of tiktok is growing. Photo shows tiktok on an iphone.