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Labour comms attacked by ex-aide Damian McBride

Labour comms attacked by ex-aide Damian McBride

Former Labour spinner Damian McBride has attacked his party and leader Ed Miliband for having "no positive messages to communicate".

Opower selects Fishburn for UK public affairs

Opower selects Fishburn for UK public affairs

Utility industry software company Opower has appointed Fishburn as its first UK public affairs agency.

Ed Miliband's "substance not image" speech met with negative reaction

Ed Miliband's "substance not image" speech met with negative reaction

Labour leader Ed Miliband's speech claiming he offers substance instead of photo-ops has met with a negative reaction on social media and been slammed by Conservative PR man Lord Bell.

PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

Hoffman will lead public policy, corporate communications, government affairs, community relations, and philanthropy when he starts on August 25.

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Both will offer public policy advice and communications counsel to corporate, association, and nonprofit clients in the newly created roles.

UKIP comms head Patrick O'Flynn handed economic brief amid reshuffle

UKIP comms head Patrick O'Flynn handed economic brief amid reshuffle

UKIP has made Patrick O'Flynn the party's economic spokesman as part of a front bench reshuffle.

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.

Business lobby group London First hires Victoria Bacon as comms director

Business lobby group London First hires Victoria Bacon as comms director

Victoria Bacon, the head of comms at the Association of British Travel Agents, is joining London First in October, replacing Rob McIvor as director of comms.

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.

'No' campaigners "have upper hand" as Scottish referendum approaches

'No' campaigners "have upper hand" as Scottish referendum approaches

With exactly two months to go until the referendum on Scottish independence, public affairs experts say the No campaigners have the upper hand but add it is still too early to call the outcome.

Mark Cater and Fiona Holroyde to depart as MHP combines corporate and PA

Mark Cater and Fiona Holroyde to depart as MHP combines corporate and PA

MHP's heads of corporate and public affairs are leaving as the agency integrates the two disciplines into a single team led by Jonathan Lomax.

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James, whose experience includes running comms for the Government and Barclays, is taking over the leadership of Huntsworth-owned strategic consultancy Quiller.

Female-friendly message of Cameron's reshuffle overshadowed by Gove

Female-friendly message of Cameron's reshuffle overshadowed by Gove

Initial reaction to yesterday's extensive Cabinet reshuffle suggests that the promotion of women did not resonate with the public as much as the Conservatives might have hoped.

Celebrities join new ad blitz in favour of Scotland staying in the Union

Celebrities join new ad blitz in favour of Scotland staying in the Union

Celebrities including Eddie Izzard, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ross Kemp are to feature in an ad launched today by senior figures in adland as part of a new campaign against Scottish independence.

The story behind the CIA's 'light-hearted, humorous' Twitter account

The story behind the CIA's 'light-hearted, humorous' Twitter account

Some disagree with the strategy, but the intelligence agency is no longer clandestine on social media.

Women tipped for top Cabinet jobs as Gove, Hague and Clarke move on

Women tipped for top Cabinet jobs as Gove, Hague and Clarke move on

David Cameron has made wide-ranging changes to his Cabinet ten months before the next general election, with more women tipped for senior positions in Government.

Opinion and features

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.

Switching to part-time

Switching to part-time

London Communications Agency director Suzi Lawrence has worked three days a week since returning from maternity leave in May 2013. Here, she and LCA co-founder Jonny Popper discuss the process by which they have both made this work.

Public affairs needs to get UKIP and the party needs to do as well as be

Public affairs needs to get UKIP and the party needs to do as well as be

UKIP's success in the recent elections means it must get serious quickly and public affairs agencies must be hot on its tail.

Hit or Miss? Taxi drivers blockade central London in regulatory protest

Hit or Miss? Taxi drivers blockade central London in regulatory protest

Black-cab drivers brought parts of London to a halt yesterday in a bid to force Transport for London to act on their concerns about smartphone-based competitors.

Communicators should sit up and take note - middle age is the new youth

Communicators should sit up and take note - middle age is the new youth

What's the common link between Radio 2, ITV, the Daily Mail and UKIP?

The lost art of telephone sales

The lost art of telephone sales

Calling a journalist with a pitch could be a make-or-break moment for you and your client.

Comms in conflict: how governments are struggling to control the narrative in modern warfare

Comms in conflict: how governments are struggling to control the narrative in modern warfare

As the nature of modern warfare comms evolves at a startling rate, governments are struggling to keep pace and retain public support, finds John Owens

Leaders in communications

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Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

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.

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.

James Holt returns to Lib Dem HQ as deputy comms chief

James Holt returns to Lib Dem HQ as deputy comms chief

James Holt has returned to Liberal Democrat HQ as deputy director of communications following Tim Snowball's move to PHA Media.

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Peter Wilson-Smith set to leave Quiller Consultants

Quiller is set to lose financial specialist Peter Wilson-Smith in the second major departure to hit the Huntsworth agency in days.

Twitter gives Stricker CCO title after he absorbs media oversight

Twitter gives Stricker CCO title after he absorbs media oversight

Stricker is continuing to report to CEO Dick Costolo with responsibility for leading Twitter's consumer marketing, global media, and worldwide PR efforts.

Sean Worth exits Quiller to launch policy firm

Sean Worth exits Quiller to launch policy firm

Leading Quiller Consultants partner and former David Cameron adviser Sean Worth is set to leave the agency to launch his own policy-focused firm, PRWeek has learnt.