News & Insights  |  Posted February 15, 2023

The last days of a second First Minister

On a day when one of UK’s most high profile party leaders steps down, John Penman looks at whether Nicola Sturgeon’s long reign as First Minister ends in success or failure.

On a day when one of UK’s most high profile party leaders steps down, John Penman looks at whether Nicola Sturgeon’s long reign as First Minister ends in success or failure.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

News & Insights  |  Posted February 8, 2023

Briefly: The Rishuffle

On 7 February, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a minor government reshuffle that created four new government departments and appointing four new Secretaries of State in the process. We have summarised a client note (below) that we sent out following PM Sunak’s reshuffle announcement earlier that day

On 7 February, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a minor government reshuffle that created four new government departments and appointing four new Secretaries of State in the process. We have summarised a client note (below) that we sent out following PM Sunak’s reshuffle announcement earlier that day

Rishi Sunak's reshuffle

News & Insights  |  Posted January 6, 2023

Taking back control: Labour’s blueprint for the red and yellow walls 

A new devolution deal for the North East of England was announced by Government between Christmas and New Year. Coming on the back of Labour’s publication of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Commission on the UK’s Future’s report, Partner Fiona Stanton looks at how Labour and the Conservatives are approaching devolution, its importance to the key battlegrounds in the next General Election, and what the Brown Commission might signal for Labour’s manifesto. 

A new devolution deal for the North East of England was announced by Government between Christmas and New Year. Coming on the back of Labour’s publication of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Commission on the UK’s Future’s report, Partner Fiona Stanton looks at how Labour and the Conservatives are approaching devolution, its importance to the key battlegrounds in the next General Election, and what the Brown Commission might signal for Labour’s manifesto. 

Map of the UK

News & Insights  |  Posted November 23, 2022

Stop! In the name of Gove before you break us up

As the Supreme Court hands down a decision that determines the Scottish Parliament does not have a right to hold an independence referendum, John Penman looks at what this means for the First Minister and whether the Union of nations that makes up the UK can ever again be described as voluntary.

As the Supreme Court hands down a decision that determines the Scottish Parliament does not have a right to hold an independence referendum, John Penman looks at what this means for the First Minister and whether the Union of nations that makes up the UK can ever again be described as voluntary.

Scotsman front page. Indyref dreams squashed.

News & Insights  |  Posted November 4, 2022

Saving money by ditching transport commitments to the north of England would be a false economy

Calling on recent experiences, Partner John Penman discusses the importance of improved rail provision and connectivity to the UK economy, in particular looking through the lenses of Levelling Up and Net Zero.

Calling on recent experiences, Partner John Penman discusses the importance of improved rail provision and connectivity to the UK economy, in particular looking through the lenses of Levelling Up and Net Zero.

Transpennine Express Train

News & Insights  |  Posted September 7, 2022

Bye bye Boris…or is it? How hard is it for former Prime Ministers to let go?

As Boris Johnson departs No.10 for the last time, 56° North intern Eddie Nicholls ponders whether he is really gone from politics for good and how hard it is for some former leaders to avoid becoming a back seat driver.

As Boris Johnson departs No.10 for the last time, 56° North intern Eddie Nicholls ponders whether he is really gone from politics for good and how hard it is for some former leaders to avoid becoming a back seat driver.

News & Insights  |  Posted July 29, 2022

The Battle for the North

Last night, Elland Road in Leeds was the venue for the first of twelve in person hustings for Conservative members in the battle to win the party leadership and become the next Prime Minister.

Last night, Elland Road in Leeds was the venue for the first of twelve in person hustings for Conservative members in the battle to win the party leadership and become the next Prime Minister.

News & Insights  |  Posted July 18, 2022

Closing the gap; will the North ever truly catch up?

With the battle for Tory leadership now entering its final stages, one issue has become notably absent from much of the debate, despite being a key part of the Conservative narrative in recent years – Levelling Up. 

With the battle for Tory leadership now entering its final stages, one issue has become notably absent from much of the debate, despite being a key part of the Conservative narrative in recent years – Levelling Up. 

News & Insights  |  Posted June 29, 2022

Nicola Sturgeon plots a path to a 2023 referendum

The First Minister told the Scottish Parliament of her plans to bring about another referendum on whether Scotland should be independent, with a proposed date of 19 October 2023.

The First Minister told the Scottish Parliament of her plans to bring about another referendum on whether Scotland should be independent, with a proposed date of 19 October 2023.

News & Insights  |  Posted May 20, 2022

The united states of the unions

It’s the life of a democratic political leader that one day you’re in Washington DC basking in the glow of praise from one of the United States’ most senior leaders and the next you’re back home and on the hook for the cancellation of the 18.44 Scotrail service to Markinch.

It’s the life of a democratic political leader that one day you’re in Washington DC basking in the glow of praise from one of the United States’ most senior leaders and the next you’re back home and on the hook for the cancellation of the 18.44 Scotrail service to Markinch.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi