News in brief

POLITICAL: Alastair Campbell has announced he will return to Tony Blair’s side to help him fight the general election. Campbell, who resigned from his job as Number 10 communications director just over a year ago, said he would do ‘whatever the leadership of the Labour Party wanted [him] to do’.

SPORT: The Rugby Football Union has reappointed Lexis PR to handle lifestyle PR. The agency, which is seeking to boost player and spectator numbers, worked with the RFU in the year prior to the Rugby World Cup 2003. Fees are understood to be around £100,000.

COURT RULING: Yachtswoman Tracy Edwards has agreed to pay Sports Impact £30,000 plus costs and interest following a High Court hearing. Edwards originally disputed the agency’s £30,000 fees for PR work done for her company, Maiden Ocean, and is still refusing to pay it £50,000 in fees for work done for her other firm, Maiden Ocean Racing Qatar.

APPOINTMENT: EHPR has hired Magnet Communications SV-P Diane McCulloch as managing director. Huntsworth group business development director Alison Clarke, who has been acting CEO at EHPR, said agency founder Elizabeth Hindmarch would remain involved but it was time to put succession planning in place.

CONSUMER: Photo press agency and picture library Rex Features has hired Mission Media to promote initiatives marking its 50th anniversary. The agency is promoting ‘Jazz according to Rex’, an exhibition in November, and the launch of book 5,000 Days.

NETWORK LINK-UP: Six Degrees, the agency created by the merger of Marbles and Roger Staton Associates in May, has become the UK partner of the Eurocom Worldwide PR network.

CONSUMER and TRADE: Velcro has reappointed Communique PR following a three-way pitch against Weber Shandwick and Focus PR.

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