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Trafford PCT appoints Fido account director, Oldham council brings in assistant director.

Trafford Primary Care Trust has taken on Fido PR account director Erin Portsmouth as its new corporate communications manager. Portsmouth will be responsible for operational management of internal and external communications, including media relations. Key stakeholders include local GPs and residents of Trafford.

Cycle Exeter has handed a campaign to The Forster Company to launch a campaign to encourage more people to get on their bikes. The Freedom of Your City campaign is calling on all Exeter residents to pledge to cycle more and get one other person to do the same, with the aim of reaching 1.6 million cycle trips a year by 2011. Cycle trips in Exeter have recently passed the one million mark.

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council has appointed Peter Murphy as its new assistant executive director of corporate communications, which is the top comms role. Murphy will join on 27 July, from the International Olympic Committee where he was senior manager for integrated communications.

Telecom Ecole de Management, France's leading business school, has appointed Jargon Public Relations after a competitive pitch. Jargon will run a media relations campaign focused on the education, business, telecoms and IT media to communicate the range of postgraduate courses offered. The campaign will be led by Jargon founder Simon Corbett.

Thurrock Council is planning to launch its own fortnightly newspaper, but the opposition Labour Group has criticised the plans. The Thurrock Labour Group says the newspaper would be a waste of taxpayers' money and a 'propaganda sheet' for the Tories. The publication would cost around £100,000.

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