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.

Entries by Dylan Sharpe

Critics of the British Option Seem More Concerned With Appeasing Brussels Than Helping Our Small Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted 17 January 2014 | (09:44)

Business for Britain is not a typical campaign group. Our senior team and supporters are proven and successful business people, and our aims and objectives have been informed almost entirely by consulting and surveying business leaders. Therefore, when we propose an idea, it hasn't been plucked out of...

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Goldman Sachs, Newton Daniels and the Phantom Disappearing Act

(0) Comments | Posted 5 December 2013 | (09:10)

Political predictions are always a dangerous game. But personalising them or, even worse, threatening to do something drastic if x doesn't happen, risks turning a prediction into an endless source of mockery.

Take the diminutive helium-voiced conjurer Paul Daniels who, six months before the 1997 General Election, threatened to "take...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (10:58)

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.


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Business Wants an EU Referendum to End the Uncertainty

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (10:16)

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.

The Bill - being brought forward by James Wharton MP and pushed...

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When Business Speaks, Britain Should Take Notice

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2013 | (19:08)

The debate on Britain's relationship with the European Union has grown stale.

In vs Out, phile vs phobe - there are plenty of characters on both sides to keep the media interested; but to the rest of us it's the same old names, the same old faces, the same old...

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Lib Dems and Rennard: A Crisis in Crisis Comms

(4) Comments | Posted 25 February 2013 | (23:00)

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.

Over the past five days...

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Is This the Turning Point for David Cameron?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2012 | (16:23)

Cast your mind back to late-June 2011: Ed Miliband has been leader of the Labour Party for nine months. During this time he has floundered - failing to take advantage of the Lib Dems' tuition fees furore, and ending up on the wrong side of most of the country and...

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Events, Dear Boy...

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2012 | (14:20)

While the social and economic effects of Superstorm Sandy on the United States aren't likely to be fully known for many months or even years, the short-term political effects will be felt unusually quickly when America votes next week.

Right now, scores of strategists employed in the Presidential, Congressional, Senate...

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PMQs Sketch: Diamond Dogs

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2012 | (13:11)

Like two brothers who were both playing football indoors when the vase broke, neither willing to own up to taking the fatal kick, Ed and Dave stood eye to eye, each hoping the other wouldn't mention their role in the disaster.

"Let's not talk about the banks," said Ed, "I...

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Buying British Should Begin at Home Mr Prime Minister

(1) Comments | Posted 9 May 2012 | (17:36)

Much has already been written about Nick and Dave's Rose Garden Redux at a Tractor factory in Essex on Tuesday. Certainly there was enough material to fuel a thousand Parliamentary sketch columns; from the barely-concealed metaphor of big blue tractors pulling little yellow trailers; to the slightly incongruous sight of...

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The Quickest Way of Ending a War is to Lose It

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2012 | (12:01)

In the end it was not with a bang but a whipped and chastened planning minister that the conflict over planning reform finally ceased. Countryside Armistice Day shall forever now be Tuesday 27 March 2012.

After eight months and countless barbs delivered on unsuspecting casualties, the government stepped forward and...

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A Tough Budget for the Countryside

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2012 | (15:26)

A simple stat for you to start: there are four mentions of 'rural' in the Budget document released by the Treasury today (available here) and 13 for 'cities'.

Although there is absolutely nothing empirical to derive from that fact, it does serve to highlight that the budget George...

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And So it Begins... Again

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2012 | (09:26)

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 National Planning Policy Framework, or NPPF as it became known, was seen by the coalition as a useful new weapon in its...

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Show Your Support for the Rural Economy

(1) Comments | Posted 7 February 2012 | (11:03)

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 National Planning Policy Framework or NPPF); in truth the biggest danger to our much-loved green spaces is the slow and...

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

(4) Comments | Posted 9 January 2012 | (14:41)

Tomorrow, Transport Secretary Justine Greening is expected to take to the floor of the House of Commons and announce that the government is going to green light the High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) project.

The coalition's approval of the 100-mile 'state-of-the-art' train track linking London and Birmingham at a cost...

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Fear and Loathing of Fuel Prices

(17) Comments | Posted 15 November 2011 | (10:41)

If you watch or listen to any of today's coverage of the backbench debate on fuel prices, you may be forgiven for thinking that the likely outcomes of the vote are purely political ones.

Certainly, there are a number of imponderables for the government: will they or won't they...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2011 | (23:00)

Broadband is the new project of choice for a quick political win.

Nick Clegg was talking about it prior to the Lib Dem conference. David Cameron got it into his conference speech, promising Brits "we'll get the best superfast broadband network in Europe". The Federal Communications Commission...

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Who is the Party of the Countryside?

(1) Comments | Posted 4 October 2011 | (00:00)

Once upon a time that question was met with ridicule; the poser rendered a fool simply by having the temerity to ask it.

But apparently not any longer; at least if you believe Mary Creagh.

Mary, for those unaware, is the shadow minister for DEFRA, and last Tuesday she...

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

(1) Comments | Posted 12 September 2011 | (00:00)

Since I first wrote about the Battle for Planning Rights for this website just two weeks ago, 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.

It is probably...

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The Battle for Planning Rights

(2) Comments | Posted 23 August 2011 | (22:38)

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. I refer not to the rioters and looters versus the law-abiding majority; nor to the debate over whether a Simon Cowell-less XFactor...

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