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  • If we are planning for the future, then where are the young people?

    There is a paradox at the heart of urban planning. Property developers, planners and consultants alike talk of the need to “plan for the future” and design schemes which last for generations. But why are the beneficiaries of such developments frequently the last to be consulted?

    New leader, new momentum

    The Liberal Democrats regard themselves as a party in the ascendancy and the atmosphere at this year’s Conference was buoyant.

    A conversation with Jon Sopel: Inside Trump’s Whitehouse

    This morning we hosted a breakfast discussion between Portland’s Alastair Campbell and Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America Editor to mark the publication of his new book, “A Year at the Circus: Inside Trump’s White House“. Here are the top five takeaways from this morning’s event: 1. Political mastermind? Having observed Trump’s decisions as a […]

    From City Hall to Downing Street – what lessons for Labour?

    A look at Boris Johnson’s eight years as Mayor of London show some early warnings for the Labour Party ahead of the next general election.

    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.

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