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  • Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018

    To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, Portland brought together some of our fantastic women and put them in front of the camera, asking them a series of questions on what #IWD means to them.

    Brexit is happening on both sides of the Channel, not just in Westminster

    The Brexit show goes on in the Westminster bubble with little attention given to what’s happening in the Brussels bubble, let alone in European capitals. But in the end, Brexit will happen on both sides of the Channel, not just the UK.

    Theresa May’s Brexit war cabinet begins its offensive

    May wants to tie her Cabinet heavy hitters into her plans for the next stage of the Brexit talks, avoiding the tit-for-tat briefing which characterised 2017, and head off any potential leadership challenge.

    Five things you need to know about the Scottish Lobbying Register

    Portland is here to help guide you on how to conduct your engagement in Scotland ethically, effectively and in full compliance with the new regulations.

    Mrs May battles on into 2018

    Theresa May ends 2017 having successfully built her defences around number 10 Downing Street and looks likely to soldier on for a number of years.

    May risks ire of the DUP in bid to get divorce deal over the line

    So, the PM has thrown caution to the wind in an attempt to get the divorce deal with the EU over the line before Christmas. By buckling to Ireland’s demands for Northern Ireland to receive special status post-Brexit, she has however risked drawing the ire of her confidence-and-supply partners the DUP.

    Autumn Budget: how MPs reacted online

    Even before the Chancellor has sat down, the reaction floods in as commentators score the gags with as much vigour as the spending plans. Where once we might have had to wait for the morning papers to find out who the winners and losers are, now we know almost instantaneously thanks to social media.

    Did the Conservatives do enough?

    Today’s budget announcement offered the Conservatives a prime opportunity to reach the electorate and turn their fortunes around. But did they do enough to get cut through to the politics-weary public?

    Spreadsheet Phil borrows his way out

    Let’s hope the Chancellor has done his sums right as he prepares to borrow to make sure the UK is fit for its uncertain future.

    Autumn Budget 2017

    The Budget is the key moment in the new Government’s first few months; more important and politically dangerous than the Queen’s Speech or the EU Withdrawal Bill.

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