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UKIP's Douglas Carswell "coup" grabs media as party conferences loom

UKIP's Douglas Carswell "coup" grabs media as party conferences loom

UKIP's "coup" of luring Eurosceptic Tory Douglas Carswell has been dubbed a masterstroke of political timing, despite the best efforts of CCHQ to minimise the blow.

Tories slam Carswell's defection as counterproductive to referendum chances

Tories slam Carswell's defection as counterproductive to referendum chances

The Conservative Party's press operation has trained its guns on Douglas Carswell after the backbencher announced he would force a by-election in which he will stand as an MP for UKIP.

WPP PR operating profits climb 8.3% in H1 2014

WPP PR operating profits climb 8.3% in H1 2014

The holding company behind Burson-Marsteller and Finsbury has put its underperformance in PR behind it with a substantial increase in operating profit for the first six months of the year.

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Sarah Richardson, a director at Edelman and former Lord Mayor of Westminster, is to join Centrica Energy in the newly created role of director of public affairs.

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

David Plouffe "will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts," the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, wrote in a blog post on the hire.

Charles Begley to join The Westminster & City Property Associations

Charles Begley to join The Westminster & City Property Associations

The Westminster & City Property Associations has hired TTA Property senior partner Charles Begley as executive director.

Hit or Miss? David Cameron outlines his stance on Islamic State

Hit or Miss? David Cameron outlines his stance on Islamic State

David Cameron stepped up to answer the question of just how far he was willing to involve Britain in conflict with the Islamic State (IS) as it overran parts of Syria and Iraq.

Cabinet Office's Emily Tofield to take up director of comms role at Defra

Cabinet Office's Emily Tofield to take up director of comms role at Defra

Emily Tofield has been appointed as director of comms at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Huntsworth faces challenge of replacing "industry titan" Chadlington

Huntsworth faces challenge of replacing "industry titan" Chadlington

Lord Chadlington, who announced his forthcoming departure from Huntsworth yesterday, is "one of the greats" of the PR business and will be difficult to replace, according to friends and former colleagues.

Huntsworth CEO Lord Chadlington to step down

Huntsworth CEO Lord Chadlington to step down

Lord Chadlington has announced that he is set to stand down from his role as CEO of Huntsworth.

GKN comms head Chris Fox handed Lib Dem peerage

GKN comms head Chris Fox handed Lib Dem peerage

Chris Fox, director of comms for global engineering group GKN, has been made a peer by the Liberal Democrats.

Cancer Research UK hands Blue Rubicon and Open Road general election brief

Cancer Research UK hands Blue Rubicon and Open Road general election brief

Cancer Research UK has appointed Open Road and Blue Rubicon to help share the charity's messaging and engagement ahead of the 2015 general election.

Government forced to raise lobbying registrar pay to attract candidates

The Cabinet Office has issued new adverts for the post of lobbying registrar with an increased daily allowance after failing to find a suitable candidate earlier this year.

Flack: Boris, the spinner, and the Old Primrosian conspiracy

Flack: Boris, the spinner, and the Old Primrosian conspiracy

Flack was bemused to stumble into a storm in a PR teacup involving the irrepressible Boris 'definitely not gunning for the Tory leadership' Johnson after this clip from a recent Channel 4 interview surfaced online.

PRCA raises questions over Lobbying Act's impact on charities

PRCA raises questions over Lobbying Act's impact on charities

The PRCA has written to the Electoral Commission calling for clarity on ten "fundamental questions" it claims remain unanswered concerning the impact of the Lobbying Act on charity campaigners and PRs.

Qatari government awards wide-ranging global brief to Portland

Qatari government awards wide-ranging global brief to Portland

The Qatari government has hired Portland Communications for a wide-ranging new global brief thought to be worth millions of pounds.

Blue Rubicon invests £5m in growth drive following private equity deal

Blue Rubicon invests £5m in growth drive following private equity deal

Comms consultancy Blue Rubicon has invested a sum close to £5m in pursuit of its growth ambitions since its landmark deal with private equity company LDC in late 2012.

Opinion and features

BuzzFeed analysis pegs Clinton press secretaries as most evasive

BuzzFeed analysis pegs Clinton press secretaries as most evasive

Press secretaries during President Bill Clinton's administration used more evasive language than any other White House chief communicator since 1993, according to a BuzzFeed analysis.

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

As Huntsworth's half-year results were looming last week, and as the share price continued to flatline, one suspected the group would pull yet another rabbit from its top hat; few predicted that rabbit would be Lord Chadlington himself.

How the White House used social alongside traditional media to announce action in Iraq

How the White House used social alongside traditional media to announce action in Iraq

The major cable news networks picked up President Obama's 9 pm statement from the White House on new action in Iraq, but the Obama administration also used the full range of social media tools to get its message across.

Hit or Miss? Boris Johnson reveals he will stand for Parliament in 2015

Hit or Miss? Boris Johnson reveals he will stand for Parliament in 2015

After months of 'will he, won't he' speculation, London Mayor and potential future Conservative leader Boris Johnson has declared he will stand as an MP next year.

Review: Salmond vs Darling debate lights up Scottish independence battle

Review: Salmond vs Darling debate lights up Scottish independence battle

The Scottish independence campaign kicked off for real last night with a TV debate between First Minister Alex Salmond and former Chancellor Alistair Darling.

Newsmaker: Credibility of press regulation rests with "outsider" civil servant Matt Tee

Newsmaker: Credibility of press regulation rests with "outsider" civil servant Matt Tee

That our leading newspapers have accepted a former government PR chief to discipline and defend them speaks volumes about the tricky position they are in, but also provides another twist in Matt Tee's varied career.

Why Israel is losing the war for public opinion over Gaza

Why Israel is losing the war for public opinion over Gaza

The Gaza conflict, now into its third week, has had one distinguishing feature in the eight days.

Taking the fear out of networking

Taking the fear out of networking

Ex-european director of external communications at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Debbie Spitz, shares her tips on how to get the best from, and even enjoy, networking.

Hit or Miss? Public sector workers say "enough is enough" with strike

Hit or Miss? Public sector workers say "enough is enough" with strike

Hundreds of thousands of public service workers across the UK took to the streets yesterday to protest over pay, pensions and cuts by the Government.

Why comms directors underestimate the power of politicians

Why comms directors underestimate the power of politicians

I woke up on Monday morning to Ian Stewart of Deloitte on the Today programme telling me that the biggest worry for corporate CFOs was next year's election and an EU referendum.

Hit or Miss? Ed Miliband bids to skewer Cameron over Andy Coulson

Hit or Miss? Ed Miliband bids to skewer Cameron over Andy Coulson

Prime Minister's Questions earlier today brought Labour leader Ed Miliband the chance to score points over David Cameron's judgement in hiring Andy Coulson.

E-cigarette boss Jacob Fuller on comms and the industry's 'biggest mistake'

E-cigarette boss Jacob Fuller on comms and the industry's 'biggest mistake'

E-cigarette boss Jacob Fuller says the industry's biggest mistake was naming the product 'e-cigarettes'.

CERN's comms chief James Gillies opens a window on the universe

CERN's comms chief James Gillies opens a window on the universe

His mission may be to make science cool, but things can get pretty heated at the frontier of human knowledge, says CERN's comms chief James Gillies.

Duelling with politicians and why Oxfam has got it right

Duelling with politicians and why Oxfam has got it right

The debate about charities being 'too political' is rumbling on this week after a Conservative MP asked the Charity Commission to investigate whether an Oxfam campaign breached guidelines.

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Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Citigroup taps Brunswick partner Lowney as corp comms head

Citigroup taps Brunswick partner Lowney as corp comms head

Citigroup has hired Brunswick Group partner Jennifer Lowney as head of corporate communications, effective early September.

Burson US CEO DenHerder to step down; Law promoted to US chief exec

Burson US CEO DenHerder to step down; Law promoted to US chief exec

Dave DenHerder, US CEO of Burson-Marsteller, will step down from his role on September 1. US president Michael Law will succeed him.

Fishburn expands public affairs team with Downing Street hire

Fishburn expands public affairs team with Downing Street hire

Fishburn has expanded its public affairs team with the appointment of Downing Street press officer Ben Crosland as an associate director.

Senior Tories take spads with them to new roles

Senior Tories take spads with them to new roles

Several special advisers including former Hanover consultant James Wild are following their senior Conservative bosses to new departments.

George Pitcher: No conflict of interest in dual journalism and Jericho role

George Pitcher: No conflict of interest in dual journalism and Jericho role

George Pitcher has said there is "no conflict of interest whatsoever" in him being both editor-in-chief of the International Business Times and chairman of strategic communications agency Jericho Chambers.

Riverside Communications hires Mark Adams as senior counsel

Riverside Communications hires Mark Adams as senior counsel

Public affairs agency Riverside Communications has hired the former managing director of Foresight Communications, Mark Adams, as senior counsel.