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  • Joining Portland

      I have had plenty of offers since I left Downing Street to join PR consultancies or go in-house. It was not something I ever thought, to be honest, that I would do. But Tim Allan is nothing if not persistent and over the last few months, I have found myself working with Portland more […]

    Noticeable drop in Twitter activity from UK journalists following two quarters of double digit growth

    The number of tweets posted by journalists from UK media outlets fell by almost 25 per cent in the first three months of 2012 – 80,000 fewer than the previous quarter – according to Portland’s NewsTweet Index released today. The third Portland Newstweet Index saw a decline in the Twitter activity of journalists at leading […]

    The London Mayoral elections – an uninspiring contest

    This has not been an auspicious mayoral campaign for London. Dominated by bust-ups over tax returns and underscored by a lack of interest from Tory and Labour central parties, it’s been one to forget. But it would be wrong to think that the mayoralty doesn’t matter. In politics, and to over 7.5m residents, it does. […]

    Cameron’s hopes in the hands of Boris

    The Prime Minister is back in business – and looking to Boris Johnson to drive the next stage of Tory fortunes. Mr Cameron will dominate the airwaves today with a media blitz aimed at gaining the momentum. Victory in the London Mayoral elections for Boris in a fortnight’s time will give the PM a chance […]

    Active choice: Will number 10 opt-in?

    Claire Perry MP published her report on child protection on the internet this morning. It is the culmination of a bit of a one-woman crusade, but the cross-party backing for the report demonstrates the level of concern in Parliament about the issue. The report calls on technology companies, particularly ISPs, to take measures to ensure […]

    A new chapter for Portland

    When I started Portland, it was me working on a laptop in my bedroom. Now, 11 years later, Portland is an established and respected communications brand not just in London, but internationally. We employ over 80 people, have offices on three continents, and have a great array of clients whom we are proud to serve. […]

    Portland Local: are you ready for the quiet revolution in local politics?

    A quiet revolution is taking place in politics. From the Localism Act and the National Planning Policy Framework through to a raft of new directly-elected mayors and Police & Crime Commissioners, politics is about to get more local – and local politics far more interesting. It needs a new approach which is why we are […]

    Political Notebook – Budget Preview 2012

    George Osborne will tomorrow fire the starting gun on the 2015 General Election as he seizes control of the Conservative Party’s political machine. The Chancellor has won his battle with David Cameron to slash the 50p top rate of tax, underlining his dominance in the Coalition government. The debate over child benefit will go down […]

    SUPER Tuesday’s big winner was Barack Obama

    Last night’s 10 state run-off failed to pick a Republican candidate to challenge President Obama in November’s US election. While Mitt Romney picked up the most delegates and beat Rick Santorum in the critical swing state of Ohio, the Republican Party civil war will continue as Santorum, Newt Gingrich and even poor performing Ron Paul […]

    Australian Government faces toughest test yet

    Ed Miliband, like Gordon Brown and Tony Blair before him, has his party critics. But in comparison to the continuing chaos at the top of the Australian Labor Party, he can enjoy a quiet smile of satisfaction. For last week, the simmering tensions and party-infighting which dominated the headlines on my visit back home, finally […]

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