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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
In partnership with YouGov, Portland commissioned research to explore what information MPs are seeing and to what extent they are being influenced by this content consumed via Twitter.
As MPs get ‘back to school’ ready after the long summer break, there was a surprise missive from the headteacher. During a visit to Japan, Theresa May vowed on Wednesday to remain in power for five years and fight the next election as Conservative Party leader, saying ‘I’m not a quitter’.
Employers will benefit from getting ahead of the Gender Pay Gap and reporting early, according to a panel of experts assembled by Portland. But in order to do so successfully, they must have a narrative and plan of action in place showing what they intend to do.
Wounded Theresa May made only minor changes to her Cabinet after the election disaster but Downing Street has undergone seismic change. May’s hand was forced by the parliamentary party to dispose of her two joint chief of staff. Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill received the brunt of the initial blame for the election defeat and their departures were effectively the price May paid to remain in post.
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