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Portland provides communications and public affairs advice to top brands and high-profile individuals. Portland's website states that "Our team is recruited from the highest levels of the media, politics and government. "
Growing doubt in UK about the extent to which lobbying firms influence government policy on behalf of business clients resulted in a general warning in February 2010 by David Cameron, now Prime Minister, that "lobbying was the next political scandal". Staff and activities of lobbying firms are therefore a matter of public interest in UK. As of 2012, however, there is no sign that the Cameron Administration plans additional legislation or regulation on the matter.
In January 2012 Portland Communications hired James O'Shaughnessy, Prime Minister David Cameron's former director of policy, as Chief Policy Advisor. The Independent reported that Mr. O'Shaughnessy failed to inform the Whitehall committee which vets jobs for officials leaving Government, which was described by Sir Alistair Graham, the former chairman of the Committee of Standards in Public Life, as a "serious error of judgement".
In January 2012, MP Tom Watson discovered that Portland Communication had tried to remove references to a client's brand of lager, Stella Artois, from the wife-beater disambiguation page in Wikipedia. The beer is popularly known in Britain as such because of its high alcohol content and perceived connection with aggression and binge drinking.
- 'Profile: Tim Allan, MD, Portland', PR Week, 13 May 2009.
- Allan, Tim (2010-10-03). "An open letter to Ed Miliband: 'If you bury the lessons of New Labour you will bury the party'". The Guardian (London).
- Porter, Andrew (2010-02-08). "David Cameron warns lobbying is next political scandal". London: telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-10.
- 'Sun political editor George Pascoe-Watson to join Tim Allan's PR agency', The Guardian, 15 October 2009
- 'Mark Flanagan quits for Portland digital job', PR Week, 18 November 2010
- Wright, Oliver (2012-01-10). "O'Shaughnessy and Portland". The Independent (London).
- "Business Finance Taskforce hands banking brief to Portland". PR Week.
- "Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying". PR Week.
- Wright, Oliver (2012-01-04). "Lobbying company tried to wipe out 'wife beater' beer references". London: The Independent.
- "Watson's research into Portland and Bell Pottinger". tom-watson.co.uk. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2012-01-10.
- "Where did it all go wrong for the beer they call 'wife beater'?". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
- "The Argus - Pubs ban Stella Artois". Archive.theargus.co.uk. 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2012-01-04.