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.

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Support for Labour and SNP neck and neck as Scots businessess say tax and rates cut needed to boost growth

Latest Understanding Business report shows two in five Scottish businesses say reducing tax would help the growth of their business.

Latest Understanding Business report shows two in five Scottish businesses say reducing tax would help the growth of their business.

Understanding Business logo on a light blue background.

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 20, 2024

56° North launches new General Election Advisory Board

2024 continues to be a year of profound political turbulence, as the UK’s main political parties lay out their respective stalls ahead of the general election. Our new General Election Advisory Board is here to guide you through.

2024 continues to be a year of profound political turbulence, as the UK’s main political parties lay out their respective stalls ahead of the general election. Our new General Election Advisory Board is here to guide you through.

Sunset over Westminster and Big Ben as 56 Degrees North launch a new General Election Advisory Board

Phil Wilson

Phil Wilson

Phil Wilson

Former Labour MP for Sedgefield for 13 years in government and opposition

Former Labour MP for Sedgefield for 13 years in government and opposition

Pamela Nash

Pamela Nash

Pamela Nash

Former Labour MP and serving Chief Executive of Scotland in Union

Former Labour MP and serving Chief Executive of Scotland in Union

Jimmy McLoughlin

Jimmy McLoughlin

Jimmy McLoughlin

Business Director at 10 Downing Street under two Conservative Prime Ministers

Business Director at 10 Downing Street under two Conservative Prime Ministers

Liz Lloyd

Liz Lloyd

Liz Lloyd

Former chief of staff to then First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon; specialist partner at Flint Global

Former chief of staff to then First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon; specialist partner at Flint Global