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  • Leadership candidates get social

    The scramble to succeed Theresa May has focused Tory minds on the importance of getting social media right.

    The Brexit Party’s Twitter breakthrough

    Analysis of Twitter by Portland found that ahead of the EU elections the two major parties could be faltering even more than the public polls suggest.

    Uncertainty remains the main challenge

    This morning saw the launch of Portland’s latest Brexit publication - Mind the Gap: Navigating the EU after Brexit. Here are some of the key takeaways from the panel discussion.

    Local elections: the results

    Westminster commentators are often quick to fix their own narrative to local election results nationally, but examining the individual results provide much more nuance.

    The untapped potential of Instagram campaigns

    The suggestion that social media is an important aspect of political communications is not exactly a new revelation. But what is noteworthy is how persistently Instagram has been ignored by campaigners, given its ubiquity on smartphones across the globe.

    How close is a Scottish independence referendum?

    As we edge closer to key Brexit votes in the House of Commons, the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has announced that she will make a statement on a Scottish independence referendum in the coming weeks.

    The realities of establishing a new political group

    Over the last three days eight Labour MPs and three Conservative MPs left their respective parties to start “The Independent Group”, more are rumoured to be thinking of joining them.

    Dysfunction in DC: The federal government shutdown explained

    Twenty-five percent of the US government has been shutdown for over 25 days, the longest impasse in American history.

    2021: The real Brexit cliff edge?

    The five key takeaways from Portland's '2021: The real Brexit cliff edge?' breakfast discussion.

    Theresa on tour…

    Downing Street is in campaign mode, supportive MPs are being identified and stakeholders lined up for endorsements. There’s a daily themed grid in place, around which messaging will (in theory) be devised and delivered. 

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