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The Department for Education has concluded its trawl for a new director of comms with the hire of former Portland lobbyist James Frayne, as revealed on prweek.com/uk (24 February).

Frayne is currently partner at lobbying and issues management consultancy Westbourne and previously held senior roles at Portland.

Tower Hamlets has removed the press table from the council chamber as it 'takes up too much space', leaving reporters to queue up for the gallery. The news comes as Tower Hamlets explores ways of preserving the East End Life magazine by setting up an arms-length management organisation to run it.

New Forest District Council is axing its comms and marketing manager in a cost-cutting drive. Dave Atwill is one of three top council staff to lose their jobs. The PR unit is being merged with the HR team to save £250,000.

COI chief executive Mark Lund and Matt Tee, the outgoing permanent secretary for government comms, are set to present their recommendations to Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude on the review of the COI this week.

Rewired PR has been called in by Wolverhampton Art Gallery and partner museums and galleries, to promote Buy Black Country, a campaign to celebrate the region's industrial heritage.

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