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Dylan Sharpe

Dylan Sharpe is a Political PR and Media Consultant working in London, who writes on politics and communications.

He has previously worked as the Head of Media Relations for the Countryside Alliance – the leading campaign group standing up for all things rural, which won ‘Political Personality of the Decade’ in the Channel 4 Political Awards.

Dylan was also the Head of Press for the victorious NO to AV campaign in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum and was the Campaign Director of Big Brother Watch – a civil liberties pressure group. He got his big break in politics when he joined iNHouse PR in 2007 and worked as a press officer on Boris Johnson’s 2008 London Mayoral campaign.

Dylan was named as one of industry bible PR Week's "29 under 29" in 2011 and chosen as the "International Rising Star 2012" by leading US political magazine Campaigns and Elections.

Forget in or Out - Business Wants a Better EU Deal Based on Trade

On Friday last week, Business for Britain - the campaign for a better deal with the EU backed by over 750 leading British business people - released details of the largest and most comprehensive poll yet conducted of UK business opinion on our relationship with Brussels.
04/11/2013 15:05 GMT

Business Wants an EU Referendum to End the Uncertainty

Today we will witness one of the less common political phenomena, when large numbers of (predominantly Conservative) MPs eschew their usual Friday trip home to their constituencies, and instead remain in Westminster to debate a Private Members' Bill.
05/07/2013 11:41 BST

When Business Speaks, Britain Should Take Notice

When business succeeds, everyone in the country feels the benefit: more jobs, more trade and a more buoyant and prosperous economy. Yesterday over 500 business leaders said that they wanted a better deal from the EU. There are many thousands more who agree.
23/04/2013 14:59 BST

Lib Dems and Rennard: A Crisis in Crisis Comms

Crisis communications, whether political or corporate, have changed massively in recent years. Twenty-four hour rolling news, blogs and now Twitter mean that speed is critical, and leaving a vacuum - even for a few hours - can see a story escalate rapidly beyond manageable means.
25/02/2013 18:47 GMT

Is This the Turning Point for David Cameron?

On Thursday David Cameron achieved what Blair did with Iraq and Thatcher with the miner's strike: take the difficult, unpopular, but Prime Ministerial route. And if justice is done, he too will be rewarded.
30/11/2012 17:36 GMT

Events, Dear Boy...

The biggest advantage for the incumbent in elections is holding the office. Yes, you have a record that your opponent can bash in every address and, inevitably, something will happen in the course of an election campaign that reflects poorly on your administration. But, as the incumbent you are able to look like you own the position - you aren't running for office. You <strong>are</strong> the office.
01/11/2012 16:56 GMT

PMQs Sketch: Diamond Dogs

On the opposition front bench Balls remained uncharacteristically quiet. After all, wasn't he supposed to be in goal when the ball was kicked towards the vase?
04/07/2012 15:05 BST

Buying British Should Begin at Home Mr Prime Minister

The Prime Minister is right: if you care about eating food produced to the highest standards in the World you need to buy British. But it would make a massive difference if two of the biggest procurers of food in the country - schools and hospitals - listened more closely to their boss!
10/05/2012 13:44 BST

The Quickest Way of Ending a War is to Lose It

Getting our planning laws right was a big issue to ensure we protect our green spaces. But the countryside is not just pretty fields and forests; it is a living, breathing environment and the people who live there need to be listened to on all the issues, not just those that make prime time.
28/03/2012 14:10 BST

A Tough Budget for the Countryside

A simple stat for you to start: there are four mentions of 'rural' in the Budget document released by the Treasury today (available <a href="http://cdn.hm-treasury.gov.uk/budget2012_complete.pdf" target="_hplink">here</a>) and 13 for 'cities'.
21/03/2012 15:39 GMT

And So it Begins... Again

Some readers will recall that not so long ago, in the autumn of 2011, the government released its first stab at trimming down Britain's onerous planning regulations. The <em>National Planning Policy Framework</em>, or NPPF as it became known, was seen by the coalition as a useful new weapon in its battle to control the deficit - more houses, more wealth, more growth.
15/03/2012 13:24 GMT

Show Your Support for the Rural Economy

While some might have you believe that the biggest threat facing the countryside is the government's as yet unpublished and yet-to-be voted-on White Paper on planning (otherwise known as the <em>National Planning Policy Framework</em> or <em>NPPF</em>); in truth the biggest danger to our much-loved green spaces is the slow and seemingly irreversible decline of the rural economy.
07/02/2012 14:59 GMT

HS2: Taking a Giant, Expensive, Leap Into the Unknown

There have always been those opposed to progress. But we're not talking about the Galileo or the Industrial Revolution here - we're talking about 40 minutes off the journey between London and Birmingham - at a cost of £17 billion of public money! And, when no-one can be quite sure of the scheme's success, it does all seem like a little too high a price to pay.
09/01/2012 16:11 GMT

Fear and Loathing of Fuel Prices

However hot a potato the issue of fuel duty becomes, for the sake of the rural economy (among many others), today's debate must not be the end of the discussion.
15/11/2011 11:59 GMT

Never Mind Superfast, for Some, Just Plain Broadband Would be a Result

The digital divide between urban and rural areas grows ever wider; with towns and cities basking in fibre-optic internet speeds and a variety of different providers offering competitive rates, while those living in the countryside have to contend with the net going down everytime someone calls their home telephone.
04/11/2011 22:54 GMT

There is a Middle Ground on Planning and, Unusually, it Does Make the Most Sense

Since I first wrote about the Battle for Planning Rights <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dylan-sharpe/the-battle-for-planning-r_b_933904.html" target="_hplink">for this website just two weeks ago</a>, the war of words on the Government's draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) has steadily intensified, reaching fever pitch in the past week now Parliament has returned.
12/09/2011 00:00 BST

The Battle for Planning Rights

A war is currently being waged in Britain. It is one that threatens to tear this sceptered isle in two, turning neighbour against neighbour and friends into enemies.
23/08/2011 22:05 BST