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Brexit: The Final Countdown?

On Tuesday 26th March 2019, Portland hosted a breakfast panel, Brexit: The Final Countdown? Discussing the Article 50 extension and what happens next. The panel included Sam Gyimah MP, Stephen Wall, Liam Halligan, Alastair Campbell and Laura Trott. Here’s a quick rundown of the key points from the panel discussion: With your heart, not your […]

High demand low supply: NHS workforce challenges

With the Brexit deadline of 29th March fast approaching and almost half of the UK’s GPs planning to retire in next five years, the NHS is officially facing a workforce crisis.

The women we thank: #IWD2019

The theme of this year’s #InternationalWomensDay2019 is #BalanceforBetter: the idea that gender balance makes for a better working world. That seems self-evident to us, working at Portland.

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.

The realities of establishing a new political group

Over the last three days eight Labour MPs and three Conservative MPs left their respective parties to start “The Independent Group”, more are rumoured to be thinking of joining them.

Trump’s latest move to build a wall

Following three weeks of negotiations, Democrats and Republicans have finally reached a compromise on border security to avoid a second government shutdown.

State of the Union’s drug prices

Last night, US President Trump delivered his State of the Union message to Congress, the U.S. and the world.

New news is slow news

As part of Portland’s Behind the News series, we hosted Chris Cook, known for his most recent role as Newsnight Policy Editor but who has recently joined the ‘slow news’ start-up Tortoise Media.

How can South America take advantage of its soft power potential?

Culturally and economically, South American nations should be able to leverage significant soft power. And yet, only Brazil and Argentina made it into Portland’s 2018 Soft Power 30 index – scraping into 29th and 30th place respectively.

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