Labour Conference Special - The week in Manchester

Foresight Consulting and Lexington Communications are profiled along with nine larger lobbying agencies in a report unveiled at the Labour conference. The report, Spinning the Wheels, is put together by campaign group Spinwatch. It claims to expose 'some of the key PR and lobbying firms in the UK, clustered together near Westminster'.

Asda's corporate affairs director has used a fringe event to make the case for the supermarket's expansion plans in the South East. Paul Kelly told delegates including local government minister John Healy: 'Competition always works in favour of the less well-off in society.' Asda was co-hosting the event with The Work Foundation. The supermarket is using Bell Pottinger Public Affairs.

YouTube is encouraging MPs, councillors and prospective candidates to create their own channels on the website. The site, owned by Google, hosted a seminar that provided delegates with practical information about how YouTube can be used to communicate with voters.

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo are lobbying against government plans to change the age rating system for video games. The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association used a fringe event to argue that current plans are 'unworkable'.

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