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Flack at the Labour Conference: Milne out rumours circulate, 'comedy Corbyn', funny ex-spad, iNHouse Communications

Flack at the Labour Conference: Milne out rumours circulate, 'comedy Corbyn', funny ex-spad, iNHouse Communications

A special edition of Flack from the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, which ends today, including Seumas Milne, 'comedy Corbyn' and a funny ex-spad, iNHouse making itself at home and Portland's passes.

Nick Varney's sincerity over 'Smiler' crash means Merlin can now move on

Nick Varney's sincerity over 'Smiler' crash means Merlin can now move on

Judge Michael Chambers QC was damning in his judgement of Merlin Entertainments yesterday (27 September), saying the Smiler crash last June was a "catastrophic failure...a needless and avoidable accident", resulting from safety protocols which fell "far short of required standards".

Watch: Ballantine's taps into Ryder Cup fever with interactive 'Call the Shots' campaign

Watch: Ballantine's taps into Ryder Cup fever with interactive 'Call the Shots' campaign

Scotch whisky brand Ballantine's has launched a gamified film series where viewers can control the golf shot selection of 2014 Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley.

Trump vs Clinton: Debating reality in digital and analogue

Trump vs Clinton: Debating reality in digital and analogue

Digital coverage of the Trump vs Clinton debate took many innovative forms but, depending on which medium you chose, a starkly different reality was on offer.

Citypress hires Weber's Andy Poole and Kate Macnamara of Goodyear Dunlop

Citypress hires Weber's Andy Poole and Kate Macnamara of Goodyear Dunlop

Andy Poole is leaving his role as deputy managing partner of Weber Shandwick's Manchester office to join Manchester-based Citypress, with the latter also hiring Goodyear Dunlop's Kate Macnamara as co-head of its Birmingham branch.

No red light for W as it continues global expansion into Amsterdam

No red light for W as it continues global expansion into Amsterdam

W has opened a full-service office in Amsterdam, in partnership with the Netherlands-based boutique consultancy roycomm.

Less boozy? Less fun? Less useful? The changing role of party political conferences

Less boozy? Less fun? Less useful? The changing role of party political conferences

As public affairs matures as a profession and the UK's party political conferences become stage-managed rally-like events rather than policy-making forums, there is a feeling among some that conference season is not as fun as it used to be.

'As easy as sharing a kiss': Celebs join #ShareTheLove campaign to fight blood cancer

'As easy as sharing a kiss': Celebs join #ShareTheLove campaign to fight blood cancer

Actors and fashionistas including Liv Tyler and Daisy Lowe star in the new #ShareTheLove campaign for Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

Can Sam Allardyce's reputation bounce back from the Telegraph's sting operation?

Can Sam Allardyce's reputation bounce back from the Telegraph's sting operation?

England manager Sam Allardyce's reputation lay in tatters this morning following a sting in the Telegraph in which he allegedly advised undercover reporters how to "get around" strict FA rules on player transfers and offered his services as a keynote speaker for £400,000.

In brief: Halpern's Lloyd Webber brief, Redleaf win, JFL's new MD, Allianz Worldwide Care campaign

In brief: Halpern's Lloyd Webber brief, Redleaf win, JFL's new MD, Allianz Worldwide Care campaign

Halpern to support Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock musical, Common Industry to run a brand campaign for Peppersmith sweets, Redleaf to represent Kuflink, Splendid launches SEO service, and more.

Next 15 buys tech PR shop Pinnacle for £4.4m as half-year profit and revenue surges

Next 15 buys tech PR shop Pinnacle for £4.4m as half-year profit and revenue surges

Digital marketing and PR group Next 15 has continued its expansion spree with the acquisition of tech PR agency Pinnacle for £4.4m ($5.7m).

HP picks Edelman for $14 million product and corporate comms brief

HP picks Edelman for $14 million product and corporate comms brief

HP is ending its relationships with Omnicom-owned PR agencies FleishmanHillard and Porter Novelli, the latter after 28 years.

M&S Bank hunts for consumer PR agency

M&S Bank hunts for consumer PR agency

M&S Bank is seeking a new consumer PR agency, PRWeek has learned.

Apple defies naysayers as UK's 'coolest' brand

Apple defies naysayers as UK's 'coolest' brand

Apple has retained its title as the UK's perceived "coolest" brand, despite growing doubts over the company's ability to innovate.

Burson-Marsteller names Mike Fernandez global corporate, finance chair

Burson-Marsteller names Mike Fernandez global corporate, finance chair

The veteran of ConAgra, Cigna, and State Farm most recently led communications at Cargill.

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