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May 5th 2023

Sweet relief

The overwhelming feeling amongst senior Labour strategists and campaigners this morning is neither elation nor excitement. It is relief. The local election results so far – and the best for Labour are likely yet to...
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April 21st 2023

Taking care of business

John Major was not really, personally, particularly unpopular. He was way below Blair in the run up to the 1997 General Election, sure. But he wasn’t hated. His party, on the other hand, was widely...
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March 24th 2023


What does ‘obvious’ mean? That’s the crux of the case against Boris Johnson, which played out this week as he faced the Privileges Committee. Is it ‘obvious’ that you are breaking the rules - *your*...
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March 20th 2023

B Corp month - coordinating a sustainable event

As part of B Corp month, the Lodestone team has put together some key tips for how your organisation can coordinate a sustainable event. The thoughtful movement toward sustainability and protecting the environment is reaching...
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March 20th 2023

Candidate Tracking

Ahead of the next General Election, we are tracking candidate selections to get insight into the make-up of the next Parliament.Using disparate sources of publicly available information, we have created a structured spreadsheet that helps...
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March 16th 2023

Too Little, Too Late?

Margaret Thatcher famously used the parable of the prudent housewife to explain her approach to the nation’s finances. In 1998 she told a Conservative women’s conference that “I can’t help reflecting that it’s taken a...
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March 8th 2023

Founders Journey

Fran O'Leary, Co-Founder & Director, Client Services, tells her Founders Journey for Lodestone Communications. When Martha Dalton, David Wild and I first set up Lodestone 10 years ago, we knew we wanted to provide a...
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February 28th 2023

Surprise, Surprise

That strange feeling you may have experienced whilst watching the news last night might have been surprise. Here was a Prime Minister announcing a deal on the trickiest bit of the Brexit riddle. Here was...
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February 24th 2023


This week the pollsters over at YouGov reported a 28 point lead for Labour, with the party reaching the deeply symbolic 50% mark with the public. Whether you are a Sir Keir enthusiast or a...
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February 23rd 2023

Britain on a mission: Starmer’s five priorities

In a landmark speech, Keir Starmer has aimed his Labour party squarely at a different concept of government: active, long-term, and purpose-driven. Of his five stated ‘missions’, the target for economic growth – to...
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February 15th 2023

You Can Run On For A Long Time

Resigned we must be while we're parting. Nicola Sturgeon was a cunning politician. She often took the low road but always managed to package her politics as the exemplar of ‘high-road’ progressivism. Her electoral...
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