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Farage won't lead EU 'Out' campaign but he's not out of the picture, say public affairs experts

Farage won't lead EU 'Out' campaign but he's not out of the picture, say public affairs experts

The UKIP leader's announcement that he does not want to spearhead the official campaign for the UK's exit from the EU still leaves room for him to make noise ahead of the referendum, public affairs consultants say - although they differ in their views of the implications of this.

Hack turned council PR man pens racy novel - about hack turned council PR man

Hack turned council PR man pens racy novel - about hack turned council PR man

The comms manager at a Kent council has published his debut novel, a tale of sex, scandal, intrigue, politics and death whose central character's career mirrors that of his PR man author.

Corbyn leads Labour leadership contest in social mentions and sentiment, finds Brandwatch

Corbyn leads Labour leadership contest in social mentions and sentiment, finds Brandwatch

Jeremy Corbyn has been mentioned on social media more than his three rival candidates for the Labour party leadership, and is the only one of the quartet enjoying positive sentiment overall.

Last chance to complete gender pay gap survey

Last chance to complete gender pay gap survey

Today is the final chance to complete our gender pay gap survey.

30 Under 30's Andy Silvester returns to Institute of Directors from TaxPayers' Alliance

30 Under 30's Andy Silvester returns to Institute of Directors from TaxPayers' Alliance

TaxPayers' Alliance campaign director Andy Silvester - one of the PRWeek 30 Under 30 for 2015 - will return to the Institute of Directors on 9 September as its head of campaigns.

Brandjack opportunity for PRs terminated as #TubeStrike cancelled

Brandjack opportunity for PRs terminated as #TubeStrike cancelled

While London commuters breathed a sigh of relief, social media specialists and PRs with clever ideas could have been forgiven for feeling slightly peeved at missing the opportunity for another round of brandjacking following yesterday's announcement that this week's London Underground strike was off.

'Hundreds' give blood as #polishblood campaign gets widespread media coverage

'Hundreds' give blood as #polishblood campaign gets widespread media coverage

Organisers of the campaign to encourage UK-based Polish nationals to donate blood as a positive gesture to their adopted country say hundreds of people have taken part so far, with the initiative gaining widespread coverage across the media.

Take part in the PR and comms gender pay gap survey

Take part in the PR and comms gender pay gap survey

There is still time to take part in an industry-wide gender pay gap survey, organised by the PRCA, Women in PR and PRWeek.

NATO signs five-year comms services agreement with Agenda and Engine

NATO signs five-year comms services agreement with Agenda and Engine

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has awarded Washington, D.C. public affairs and comms firm Agenda and global marketing and comms group Engine a five-year framework agreement covering various comms activities.

How widespread is case study fakery in the PR and comms industry?

How widespread is case study fakery in the PR and comms industry?

The 'sweaty-gate' affair together with the Department for Work and Pensions' fictional case studies might suggest such fakery is alive and well in PR and comms land, much to the chagrin of the industry. But journalists are also complicit in this game, leaving readers to guess whether the subjects of so-called 'real life' stories are just playing a part. How widespread is the practice and can it ever be justified, asks Ian Griggs.

Madeleine McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell sets up PR agency

Madeleine McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell sets up PR agency

Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the parents of Madeleine McCann, has founded his own PR agency, according to newspaper reports.

McDonald's UK corporate affairs chief Nick Hindle steps down

McDonald's UK corporate affairs chief Nick Hindle steps down

McDonald's UK's longstanding senior vice-president of corporate affairs, Nick Hindle, will step down on 4 September to pursue "the next big opportunity".

Dignitas criticises 'incompetent journalists' for calling it a 'clinic'

Dignitas criticises 'incompetent journalists' for calling it a 'clinic'

Dignitas has criticised the media for what it claims are misrepresentations of it as an organisation, on the day British cancer patient Bob Cole ended his life with help from the Swiss organisation.

Royal London appoints former pensions minister Steve Webb as comms director

Royal London appoints former pensions minister Steve Webb as comms director

Former Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb has been appointed as director of policy and external comms at mutual life and pensions company Royal London.

Union criticises 'confusion' despite TfL denial of night tube delay

Union criticises 'confusion' despite TfL denial of night tube delay

Transport for London has denied a BBC News story suggesting it could push back the start of night-time underground services - but a transport union has criticised TfL for "sowing seeds of confusion".

South African president in hot water over Cecil the Lion 'incident' remark

South African president in hot water over Cecil the Lion 'incident' remark

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, has drawn anger with comments about last month's now notorious shooting of Cecil the Lion in neighbouring Zimbabwe - although some have questioned why this story is getting so much attention.

You wouldn't do this at home: Council launches 'visceral' anti-litter campaign

You wouldn't do this at home: Council launches 'visceral' anti-litter campaign

Kingston Council in London is launching an ad campaign, which includes a defecating dog and a man urinating into his fireplace, to dissuade littering and foster a new relationship between council and residents.

Opinion and features

Winning new business requires a mixture of the personal and the technological

Winning new business requires a mixture of the personal and the technological

It might surprise you to hear that the potential for new business has never been greater, but only for those agencies that can devise and deploy the right strategy, writes Shaun Varga of Ingenuity.

Welcome to the world of competitive PR pitches

Welcome to the world of competitive PR pitches

You wouldn't treat your tailor or your new lover this way so why is it OK in competitive pitches, asks Hamish Thompson of Houston PR.

Getting the efficiency mantra right in the NHS

Getting the efficiency mantra right in the NHS

NHS and healthcare messaging must take into account the importance and political implications of the service's efficiency agenda, says Jenny Ousbey, an associate director at Lexington Communications.

Cameron's five-point tourism plan missed one point: the role of PR

Cameron's five-point tourism plan missed one point: the role of PR

A more effective and collaborative PR strategy was arguably the missing sixth point in the Government's Five Point Plan to boost tourism in the UK, says Diffusion PR's Karl Webster.

HMRC threat of reputational damage may do more harm than good

HMRC threat of reputational damage may do more harm than good

HMRC's threat to 'name and shame' tax avoiders is not the best way to motivate them to pay up and could even backfire, writes Simon Maule of Linstock Communications.

How to pitch to journalists: It's the story, stupid

How to pitch to journalists: It's the story, stupid

For PR professionals who are tired of having their pitch shot down in flames by journalists, it's a good idea to get the basics right before making contact, writes Hanover PR consultant Charlie Simon.

Jeremy Corbyn is running the smart PR campaign for the Labour leadership

Jeremy Corbyn is running the smart PR campaign for the Labour leadership

Jeremy Corbyn's campaign is an exemplar of how to use your position as the underdog in a political campaign.

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

Where are the support networks for gay PR people?

The PR world has always had a large number of gay practitioners but support networks for this community remain notably absent.

A gallant apology - Why did Mitsubishi's brave expression of remorse trigger a domino effect?

A gallant apology - Why did Mitsubishi's brave expression of remorse trigger a domino effect?

Relatives of UK prisoners of war have urged Mitsubishi to extend its apology to all prisoners subjected to forced labour during the Second World War after its historic apology to US POWs at the weekend.

Unmassing the Middle East

Unmassing the Middle East

Many international organisations still insist on seeing the Middle East as one big mass, but it is a mistake to parcel individual countries together too closely.

Flop of the month: PRCA blasts official advice to charities over Lobbying Act

Flop of the month: PRCA blasts official advice to charities over Lobbying Act

The Charity Commission and the Electoral Commission are both under fire from the PRCA for giving charities conflicting advice on how to navigate the finer points of the Lobbying Act.

Brands are failing women's sport

Brands are failing women's sport

The success of the England team at the recent FIFA Women's World Cup has only further increased my ire because it highlights the great brand hypocrisy of our time: why aren't brands investing in women's sport?

What Obama said on Iran: 'This deal is not built on trust; it is built on verification'

What Obama said on Iran: 'This deal is not built on trust; it is built on verification'

The president echoed Ronald Reagan when addressing the public this morning about the deal several Western countries struck with Iran.

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

Tessa Jowell's appointment shows the value of placing social purpose centre stage

I am not surprised at Tessa Jowell's appointment as Chime Specialist Group chair - social purpose has been one of the PR industry's worst kept secrets over the past few years, with the discovery that values are an incredibly important part of reputation and building relationships with consumers and stakeholders.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Cicero appoints Sky News executive producer Kate McAndrew for corporate PR

Cicero appoints Sky News executive producer Kate McAndrew for corporate PR

Sky News executive producer Kate McAndrew is to join Cicero Group as a senior counsel working in its corporate PR and public affairs practices.

Craig Ling and Hayley Longdin appointed to new roles to lead Grayling in the Midlands

Craig Ling and Hayley Longdin appointed to new roles to lead Grayling in the Midlands

Grayling has made the internal appointments of Craig Ling and Hayley Longdin as joint heads of Grayling Midlands, with immediate effect.

APCO hires Cohn & Wolfe's Geoff Beattie to new global corporate affairs role

APCO hires Cohn & Wolfe's Geoff Beattie to new global corporate affairs role

APCO Worldwide has hired Geoff Beattie, former TV journalist and veteran of Cohn & Wolfe, in a new global role of executive director in its corporate affairs division.

Edelman hires Naheed Mehta from the Foreign Office to lead government comms

Edelman hires Naheed Mehta from the Foreign Office to lead government comms

Edelman has hired Naheed Mehta, former chief press officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to head up its global government comms division.

FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard hires Teneo's Michelle di Leo to head new standalone public affairs arm

FleishmanHillard is to split its UK public affairs and corporate arm into two divisions, and has appointed former Teneo SVP Michelle di Leo to lead the new standalone public affairs team.

Food and Drink Federation appoints Tim Rycroft as corporate affairs director

Food and Drink Federation appoints Tim Rycroft as corporate affairs director

Tim Rycroft, currently a PR director at Intercontinental Hotels Group and previously of Bell Pottinger, will become the Food and Drink Federation's corporate affairs director in September.