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Alex
Dawson

Practice Lead, UK Politics & Policy
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Alex Dawson

Alex is Practice Lead for UK Politics & Policy. Alex has spent over a decade advising British prime ministers and politicians on strategy, research and messaging. Before working as one of Theresa May’s most senior advisers, he ran the Conservative Party’s research operation and briefed David Cameron for Prime Minister’s Questions, covering the whole range of government policy.

At Global Counsel, Alex leads the UK politics and policy practice, supporting clients on political and policy developments in sectors affecting financial services, fast-moving consumer goods and data.  

Latest Insights by Alex Dawson

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Reforms to planning in a pandemic will prove hard to deliver

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When Boris Johnson relaunched his domestic agenda and signalled the end of England’s national lockdown In June, he placed planning reform at the centre of his plans to level-up the country and build a “new deal for Britain”. His pledge to launch the most radical reforms of England’s planning system since the second world war was followed by a consultation on a new zonal…

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Debating the UK budget

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The 2020 UK budget was a major shakeup of the presentational landscape around the UK’s public finances. By adopting more public spending, and more borrowing to pay for it, the Conservatives have muscled in on Labour’s territory, rendering the opposition’s favourite dividing line moot.

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Realising the future of urban mobility

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Alongside our recent report produced with the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, Practice Lead Alex Dawson, Adviser Leo Ringer and Senior Director Stephen Adams discuss the challenge of how we make sure people use cars in a more efficient, cleaner, cheaper, smarter way, leading to greater use of public and active transport.

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Cars in the City: Realising the future of urban mobility

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As technology changes every aspect of our economy and society, policymakers across local and national government have set out visions of how they want urban transport to be revolutionised: clean, green vehicles, with significant uptake of public transport and active modes like walking and cycling.

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