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  • 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.

    Is the NHS plan enough to ward off Downing Street’s January blues?

    Comprehensive and ambitious, the ‘NHS Long Term Plan’ provides practical solutions to the challenges an ageing population, funding pressures and growing demand will bring in coming years.

    The independence generation?

    Last week, the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has reshuffled her Cabinet and Ministers in the biggest shake-up since the SNP came to power in Scotland in 2007.

    The expectation game

    This election – in theory – was meant to be about momentum (lower case ‘m’). Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party was going to continue the campaign momentum it gained in last year’s General Election to sweep the board. Labour have made gains in some areas – but has its performance really been good enough?

    The real tests for Labour lie outside of London

    On Thursday 3rd May, there will be 4,350 seats up for election across 32 London boroughs, 34 metropolitan boroughs, 68 district and borough councils and 17 unitary authorities.

    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.

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