In this election year, 56° North’s expert panel brings together unparalleled practical insight to help your organisation achieve its aims.

A year of profound political change lies ahead

This year the UK’s main political parties will lay out their approach to the economy, trade, investment, regulation, the labour market, infrastructure, and skills; all ahead of a widely anticipated general election in 2024.

56° North’s expert general election advisory board has been assembled to complement the unique experiences of our in-house team with additional deep knowledge, insight and analysis. We bring together the brightest and best across Westminster, Whitehall and Holyrood – all to give you an edge as you seek to understand, engage and shape decision-making with the key players.

Tailored sessions for your senior leadership help you sharpen your public affairs strategy, with insight from those who know best the pitfalls and opportunities brought about through the changing makeup of the House of Commons.

Our campaign briefings and bulletins drill down into the key things you need to know, and our first 100 days programme looks at the likely changing business, policy and regulatory environment; as well as providing actionable intelligence from the fallout of the election – including from the debate in the unsuccessful parties as they seek to form a cohesive opposition.

Ask us to provide you with a detailed proposal that sets your team up for success through this pivotal year.

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    Eddie Barnes
    Director of Our Scottish Future think-tank and former senior aide to the then Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson
  • Kezia Dugdale
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    Kezia Dugdale
    Former leader of the Scottish Labour Party who guided her party through three elections and the EU referendum
  • Liz Lloyd
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    Liz Lloyd
    Former chief of staff to then First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon; specialist partner at Flint Global
  • Jimmy McLoughlin
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    Jimmy McLoughlin
    Business Director at 10 Downing Street under two Conservative Prime Ministers
  • Phil Wilson
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    Phil Wilson
    Former Labour MP for Sedgefield for 13 years in government and opposition

The 56° North In-House Team

We have a unique blend of senior and cross-party expertise in General Elections in the 56º North Partner and Director team.

56° North team members working on the General Election project include:

Arron Gatley An experienced political advisor possessing an in-depth knowledge of political strategy and communication. Expertise in manifesto development and effective campaign management.

Gavin Shuker Gavin was a three-time elected MP from 2010-19 for a ‘bellweather seat’, serving on the Labour front bench as Shadow Environment, and International Development minister.

Fiona Stanton Fiona worked at a senior level for Labour in power and in opposition with five different Labour leaders and at six General Elections.

Meet the wider 56° team here.