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  • Hung Parliament in 2015?

    It’s early days to making such a big punt – but the talk right now across the Commons is that Britain is heading for another hung Parliament in 2015. People I’ve been talking to across the spectrum are coming to the same conclusion. There’s a seriously good chance of no clear winner in May 2015. […]

    Jimmy Leach joins Portland’s digital unit from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Portland is boosting its digital communications unit with the hiring of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Head of Digital, Jimmy Leach. Jimmy has been at the FCO since 2009, as Head of Digital Diplomacy, where he ran their global 40-language, 250-site web platform and was responsible for their distinctive social media presence, including a growing […]

    Kevin McKeever to head Portland’s Property and Planning practice

    Kevin McKeever has joined Portland as Head of Property and Planning. McKeever previously led Bell Pottinger’s Planning and Local Government Unit. Portland’s planning practice has grown strongly over recent years, working for clients including Tesco and McDonald’s. McKeever is the latest big hire for Portland, which recently recruited former No10 Policy Unit head James O’Shaughnessy. […]

    Valentine’s Day: Broken hearts or love hearts for UK economy

     Valentine’s Day will mark the moment when Britain’s economic heart is broken or mended. The Office of Budget Responsibility will judge on February 13 whether or not further spending cuts are needed in the Budget to save the UK from disaster. It’s the big question that Treasury officials and budget holders across Whitehall are waiting […]

    Ed Miliband’s long march begins

    Carving out a distinctive political brand is tough when there’s no General Election for three years – and that’s why Ed Miliband is today going for a relaunch. Being Leader of the Opposition requires him to be as fleet of foot as a guerrilla commander whilst maintaining the dignity of a world statesman-in-waiting. I remember […]

    James O’Shaughnessy joins Portland

    Former Head of the Downing Street Policy Unit James O’Shaughnessy has joined Portland as Chief Policy Adviser. James was Director of Policy for David Cameron for four years from 2007-2011. He was responsible for drafting the Conservative Party’s 2010 general election manifesto, co-authored the Coalition’s Programme for Government, and played a leading role in managing […]

    Iowa vote shows Republicans spilt on who can beat President Obama

    The opening contest in the battle for the Republican Presidential nomination tells us one clear thing: the GOP is struggling to find a candidate capable of beating Barack Obama in November. Mormon Mitt Romney remains the front runner in the race despite last night’s incredibly close Iowan vote. But he underwhelmed Iowans, narrowly beating evangelical […]

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