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Centrica public affairs director Sarah Richardson leaves after less than a year

Centrica public affairs director Sarah Richardson leaves after less than a year

Centrica public affairs head and former Edelman director Sarah Richardson has left the energy company after less than a year in the role, PRWeek has learned.

The Sun accused of hypocrisy over Human Rights Act opposition

Social media commentators have taken to Twitter to accuse The Sun of hypocrisy for running a front-page article condemning the Human Rights Act, after having used it to protect its own journalists during the so-called 'Plebgate' scandal.

PRCA welcomes government plans to create three million apprenticeships

PRCA welcomes government plans to create three million apprenticeships

The PRCA has welcomed the Government's plans to create three million apprenticeships but called on it to focus on quality rather than just quantity.

Conservatives' head of broadcast Carrie Symonds hired as John Whittingdale's special adviser

Conservatives' head of broadcast Carrie Symonds hired as John Whittingdale's special adviser

The Conservative Party's head of broadcast, Carrie Symonds, is leaving her role to become Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's media special adviser.

Uber hands UK public affairs account to Portland

Uber hands UK public affairs account to Portland

Uber has appointed Portland to manage its public affairs brief, PRWeek has learned, following this week's news that former Google comms chief and Portland partner Rachel Whetstone has joined the online taxi booking service.

Decideum launches EU-focused practice

Public affairs consultancy Decideum has launched a practice focused on the EU.

Pyrrhic victory for FOI campaigners as Prince Charles 'black spider memos' published for first time

Pyrrhic victory for FOI campaigners as Prince Charles 'black spider memos' published for first time

David Cameron could spearhead an amendment to the Freedom of Information Act that would strengthen the ability of the Government to veto the publication of sensitive documents, following publication of the so-called 'black spider memos' from Prince Charles to government departments today.

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

It was a night that began with low expectations of a definitive result but that ended in a shock victory for David Cameron's Conservatives.

General election 2015: Brands piggyback on election day hype

General election 2015: Brands piggyback on election day hype

Companies have jumped on the #GE2015 hashtag in an attempt to increase their exposure on social media.

Sector thinks Cameron will remain PM but says Labour ran the best campaign

Sector thinks Cameron will remain PM but says Labour ran the best campaign

A majority of public affairs professionals believe David Cameron will end up as Prime Minister following the general election, although PRWeek readers believe Labour conducted the best campaign.

Global Agency Business Report: Public Affairs table 2015

Global Agency Business Report: Public Affairs table 2015

PPS Group generated the most income from public affairs PR during 2014 with £4.64m.

General Election: which party has had the best campaign? Vote in our poll

General Election: which party has had the best campaign? Vote in our poll

Which political party has run the best election campaign? Now is your chance to vote in a PRWeek poll.

Insight Consulting Group hires John Higginson from Westbourne to lead corporate comms

Insight Consulting Group hires John Higginson from Westbourne to lead corporate comms

Insight Consulting Group (ICG) has appointed John Higginson from Westbourne Communications to head up its corporate communications practice.

Cameron wins most positive social sentiment in final leaders' debate while Miliband is most discussed

Cameron wins most positive social sentiment in final leaders' debate while Miliband is most discussed

A lively Question Time audience kept party leaders on their toes during the last debate before the 2015 general election.

Head of PR at The Sun plays down accusations of hypocrisy after front-page debacle

Head of PR at The Sun plays down accusations of hypocrisy after front-page debacle

The Sun has denied accusations it is being two-faced after the English and Scottish front pages contradicted each other by supporting rival political parties.

Uber puts public affairs account out to pitch and moves PR in-house under Gareth Mead

Uber puts public affairs account out to pitch and moves PR in-house under Gareth Mead

Uber has ended its relationship with Burson-Marsteller and moved its PR in-house under newly appointed Gareth Mead while putting its UK and European public affairs out to pitch, PRWeek has learned.

'Ed Balls Day' increases shadow chancellor's profile ahead of general election

'Ed Balls Day' increases shadow chancellor's profile ahead of general election

Ed Balls has become the third most talked about politician on Twitter thanks to the fourth anniversary, yesterday, of 'Ed Balls Day' when the shadow chancellor infamously tweeted his own name instead of typing it into the search box.

Opinion and features

Irish lobbying register offers chance for Westminster rethink

Irish lobbying register offers chance for Westminster rethink

Now that the election is over, attention is turning to the legislative agenda. Lobbying may not have been a hot button election issue but the Government must revisit the flawed lobbying legislation that was passed in haste in 2014.

A handshake is a good start but it's no substitute for truth and reconciliation

A handshake is a good start but it's no substitute for truth and reconciliation

This week in Galway, 17 years after the Good Friday Agreement was signed, the heir to the British throne met with the leader of the provisional republican movement that murdered his great uncle and mentor 35 years ago.

David Cameron is sitting pretty, for now

David Cameron is sitting pretty, for now

The new perceived wisdom of the commentariat is to see the parallels between the situation faced by John Major in 1992 and the Prime Minister now as guides to the likely path that this Government will follow. In fact, the situation is entirely different.

Farage has become like any other politician and Carswell could soon be an independent

Farage has become like any other politician and Carswell could soon be an independent

The stats show that when you ask the general public what the most important issue in British politics is, most will reply "trust". Day in, day out, politicians are painted as liars, never able to answer a question directly.

The real price of brand value

The real price of brand value

PR professionals have long understood the significance of brand value and reputation.

How I called the result of the general election and my prediction for Mayor of London

How I called the result of the general election and my prediction for Mayor of London

Since October I had consistently predicted on TV, national press, radio and social media that the Conservatives would win a majority on 7 May. Here's why:

Cameron's comms challenge now rests on a knife edge

Cameron's comms challenge now rests on a knife edge

It is the first full week of the new Government and after a weekend's rest, following a shock ending, we're now into Cameron - Part II. But will it be more of the same or will the franchise be taken off in a new direction?

Seven reasons the Conservatives won the PR election (or the others lost it)

Seven reasons the Conservatives won the PR election (or the others lost it)

The economy? Milifandom? Bacon sandwiches? PRWeek deputy editor John Harrington gives his take on where the general election was won and where it was lost.

General election 2015: A night to remember

General election 2015: A night to remember

It was a night to remember and one that will have fundamental implications for British politics for some time to come.

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

Check out our gallery from the PRWeek Global Awards 2015, hosted at the Park Lane Hotel.

Should companies get involved in general elections?

Should companies get involved in general elections?

A few weeks ago, I was with the head of a medium-sized firm when he was asked to sign a letter to a national newspaper in support of a political party.

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

When I read the PR Week/PRCA survey on Mental Wellbeing, I did so with a sense of relief.

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

The historian Simon Schama said in The Guardian recently that we have become the "look down" generation.

Showcase: The Office for Estimation

Showcase: The Office for Estimation

Smart Energy GB, an independent organisation promoting the use of smart meters, teamed up with Third City, ad agency AMV, PHD and the Daily Mirror to launch an April Fool's campaign to highlight their benefits when it comes to utility bills.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman hires Esther Busscher of FleishmanHillard to head Brussels business

Edelman has announced the appointment of Esther Busscher from FleishmanHillard as general manager of its Brussels business.

Smiths Group merges PR and PA as comms chief Peter Durman departs for Imperial Tobacco

Global tech giant Smiths Group has amalgamated its comms and public affairs departments following the resignation of PR chief Peter Durman, who has been appointed director of investor relations at Imperial Tobacco.

Hume Brophy hires Broadgate Mainland's Vaughn-Thomas to lead financial services PR

Global PR, public affairs and investor relations firm Hume Brophy has appointed Broadgate Mainland executive director Roddi Vaughn-Thomas to a new role heading its global financial services PR business, PRWeek has learned.

Rain hires ex-Ogilvy and FleishmanHillard PR as corporate account director

Rain hires ex-Ogilvy and FleishmanHillard PR as corporate account director

Rain Communications has appointed Rajmeena Aujla as corporate account director.

Leonard Cheshire Disability hires Macmillan's Gus Baldwin to corporate affairs role

Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people, has appointed Macmillan Cancer Support head of public affairs Gus Baldwin to a new, expanded corporate affairs role.

Bellenden hires Balfour Beatty's Laura Fox as director of corporate affairs

Bellenden hires Balfour Beatty's Laura Fox as director of corporate affairs

Bellenden has hired Laura Fox, former director of comms for Balfour Beatty's Services division and external affairs secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons, as director of corporate affairs.