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  • 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.

    Brexit 2017 round-up and 2018 forecast

    Partner and Head of Portland's Brexit Unit, Victoria Dean, looks back at the defining moment of Brexit in 2017 and what expect in 2018.

    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?

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