Mike Blakeney

Mike is a Consultant at Interel, working with clients spanning the consumer, leisure, tourism, energy and professional sectors. Prior to joining Interel in September 2013, Mike worked at Bell Pottinger and Good Relations. His work involved public affairs and communications campaigns for a range of clients including supermarket chain Waitrose and the Queen’s private estate, the Duchy of Lancaster. Mike graduated with a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Surrey in 2008 and later completed an MSc in Political Communication. During his MSc he was also involved with the campaign to get Ed Miliband elected Labour Leader in 2010.

Posts by Mike Blakeney

Super Thursday: Who has most to lose? Interel’s guide to the elections

Welcome to Super Thursday. The ballot boxes opened at 7.00 this morning for elections to the Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies, 125 English councils, 4 directly elected Mayoralties and 40 Police and Crime Commissioners. But these are no ordinary mid-terms. The results represent the first major test of Jeremy Corbyn’s new model army […]

Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls

As we rumble on into election season 2016, opinion pollsters are sharpening their pencils once again. This year however, is different. In 2015 the industry was rocked after most failed to predict the result of the General Election. This was just after the Scottish Referendum, which polling also suggested would be much narrower than the […]

The Man Who Sold the World

Jeremy Corbyn. Where do we start? When you mention to someone that you’re a political consultant, one of the first questions you get asked back is: “what do you think of Jeremy Corbyn’s chances”? It’s a difficult one to answer, because it’s so bound up in the politics of the Labour Party, but one thing […]

Security and insecurity

When Harold Wilson said a week is a long time in politics, he was likely thinking about ones like we’ve just had. This week we’ve seen Brussels, the home of NATO and the EU, sent into virtual lockdown for days as police searched – perhaps fruitlessly – for people they feared wanted to imminently attack […]

The Labour World Cup

The contest was always expected to be hard-hitting, brutal, and filled with passion, excitement and energy. A smorgasboard of ambitious young specimens looking to inflict pain and embarrassment on their rivals. No holds barred. No I’m not talking about the Labour leadership, but the Rugby World Cup. Jeremy Corbyn, the rank outsider – a Fiji, […]