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'What about councillors who lobby?' Comms boss calls for local transparency after criticism of MPs working for agencies

'What about councillors who lobby?' Comms boss calls for local transparency after criticism of MPs working for agencies

The boss of Cratus Communications has told PRWeek that there is a lack of transparency around the conflicts of interest created by local councillors working for lobbying agencies - while rejecting Mail on Sunday criticism of an MP working for his agency.

In brief: Burson veteran Galbraith launches boldT, Lotus goes Dutch, Fipra brings in Lexington and Angry Birds PR boss

In brief: Burson veteran Galbraith launches boldT, Lotus goes Dutch, Fipra brings in Lexington and Angry Birds PR boss

Burson veteran Galbraith launches boldT, Lotus rides high with Efteling, Fipra brings in Lexington and Angry Birds PR boss, and more from PRWeek UK.

Bell and Lehrle's Sans Frontières hires suspended Oakbay account team member Philip Peck

Bell and Lehrle's Sans Frontières hires suspended Oakbay account team member Philip Peck

Philip Peck, one of the Bell Pottinger staffers who worked on its infamous Oakbay account, has been hired by Sans Frontières Associates, PRWeek has learned.

Nick Williams promoted to chief client officer at Burson-Marsteller UK

Nick Williams promoted to chief client officer at Burson-Marsteller UK

Nick Williams, former head of public affairs at FleishmanHillard, has been promoted to chief client officer at Burson-Marsteller UK.

Powerscourt and Hanover pick up former Bell Pottinger work with CYBG

Powerscourt and Hanover pick up former Bell Pottinger work with CYBG

CYBG, the owner of Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank, has hired Powerscourt and Hanover for comms and public affairs briefs following the collapse of incumbent Bell Pottinger.

MHP hires Bell Pottinger duo Bloxham and Lyons to top public affairs and corporate jobs

MHP hires Bell Pottinger duo Bloxham and Lyons to top public affairs and corporate jobs

MHP has announced the hire of former Bell Pottinger partners Andy Bloxham and Jamie Lyons, with the latter taking the role of joint head of public affairs alongside James Gurling.

Finsbury leaves the City to take up new UK offices by the Thames

Finsbury leaves the City to take up new UK offices by the Thames

Finsbury, the UK's 11th largest PR firm, has moved out of its offices in the City in favour of larger premises on the Strand.

Newgate toasts new financial, corporate and public affairs brief with Hovis

Newgate toasts new financial, corporate and public affairs brief with Hovis

Newgate Communications has won a newly created, wide-ranging brief with 130-year old British breadmaker Hovis.

Tobacco to taxis, agencies to airships: the companies making their case at Conservative Party Conference

Tobacco to taxis, agencies to airships: the companies making their case at Conservative Party Conference

While the Conservative Party Conference was dominated by the question of leadership and party unity, there was as ever a strong corporate crowd, with many a company keen to put their brands and issues on the Westminster radar.

Hit or Miss: Was Theresa May's conference address the worst leader's speech ever?

Hit or Miss: Was Theresa May's conference address the worst leader's speech ever?

The Prime Minister's speech contained a mea culpa for her mistakes in the General Election and several surprise policy announcements but it is likely to be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

After Bell Pottinger... do trade bodies have the clout to enforce ethical standards?

As the debate around ethical practice in PR continues, have trade bodies done enough to rid the sector of bad eggs and enhance its overall reputation? And what does it say about the value of associations to the industry in general? PR pros give their views.

Flack at #CPC17: Lounge wars, Sir Lynton's retreat, lanyards, LGBTs v DUPs, Team Ruth

Flack at #CPC17: Lounge wars, Sir Lynton's retreat, lanyards, LGBTs v DUPs, Team Ruth

PLMR v iNHouse (and MHP, sort of) in lounge wars, lanyard un-diplomacy, Crosby's retreat, LGBTs v DUPs and more from Flack at the Conservative Party Conference 2017 in Manchester.

Policy calls, a hire from No. 10, free vapes: 'alt tobacco' lobby lights up Tory conference

Policy calls, a hire from No. 10, free vapes: 'alt tobacco' lobby lights up Tory conference

Companies providing alternatives to conventional cigarettes have been trying to put the regulations on the vaping and e-cigarette industry on radar at the Conservative Party Conference this week.

'War': tensions flare among gambling lobbyists at Tory Conference fringe

'War': tensions flare among gambling lobbyists at Tory Conference fringe

A fringe event on reducing harmful gambling yesterday at the Conservative Party Conference was at times tense and adversarial, with one panelist urging lobbyists from across the debate to do more to work together.

PR pros say leadership may overshadow Brexit at Conservative Party Conference and PLMR prepares to play host

PR pros say leadership may overshadow Brexit at Conservative Party Conference and PLMR prepares to play host

One senior public affairs pro has told PRWeek that clients seem to have been put off attending the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester this year due to fears the event's policy discussions will be overshadowed by the question of leadership.

Top of the Month: Black cab trade body's anti-Uber campaign reaches destination

Top of the Month: Black cab trade body's anti-Uber campaign reaches destination

Transport for London's decision not to renew Uber's licence did not come from nothing. Campaigning by black cab trade body The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA) helped lay the groundwork for the shock judgement.

PRCA objects to MP's role with Brand Communications and calls for reform of rules on second jobs

PRCA objects to MP's role with Brand Communications and calls for reform of rules on second jobs

The PRCA has accused Brand Communications of damaging the industry's reputation with "corrosive business practice" for employing the serving Conservative MP James Duddridge - and said Westminster should rethink the rules on parliamentarians' second jobs.

Opinion and features

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

I love the Today programme. I adore the Today programme. I listen to the Today programme every morning. It's my anchor in the stormy sea of current affairs; the light that leads the way in the gloom of the early morning.

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight, I have always been hyper-aware of how it differentiated me from my peers.

International Day of the Girl: Two years on, 'Like a Girl' still has something to teach communicators

International Day of the Girl: Two years on, 'Like a Girl' still has something to teach communicators

Two years after it launched, P&G's Like A Girl is still being cited as a great campaign; I was wondering what makes that work so evocative, that it hangs around in our consciousness when other campaigns, award-winning or not, just fade away.

Waking the sleeping giant: Alex Bigg's big plans to turbo-charge MHP

Waking the sleeping giant: Alex Bigg's big plans to turbo-charge MHP

MHP chief executive Alex Bigg hopes to awaken the 'sleeping giant' agency by making stellar hires and 'unleashing the talent' of its team. Just don't mention Missing Type.

Comms will play a critical role in gender pay gap reporting

Comms will play a critical role in gender pay gap reporting

Around 9,000 employers will have to report their gender pay gap by April next year, but while the Government guidelines thoroughly explain the reporting procedure, there is very little information about how to communicate your data.

World Mental Health Day: Why PR pros could benefit from counselling

World Mental Health Day: Why PR pros could benefit from counselling

In years gone by, outsiders could be forgiven for thinking that the PR industry was all about long lunches and glamorous parties.

Is the top of the PR industry a man's game?

Is the top of the PR industry a man's game?

As an industry, PR is highly inclusive of women. Or so it seems. Women comprise 64 per cent of the total workforce, yet only 13 per cent inhabit board-level and partner positions.

The pervasive, pernicious and damaging impact of presenteeism in PR

The pervasive, pernicious and damaging impact of presenteeism in PR

It was 200 years ago, during the Industrial Revolution, that factory owner Robert Owen first began campaigning for improved working conditions, the lynchpin of which was the concept of the eight-hour working day.

Despondent mood at Conservative conference as businesses decide where best to engage

Despondent mood at Conservative conference as businesses decide where best to engage

The mood of the Conservative party conference stands in direct contrast to last week's Labour conference in Brighton.

Four things they don't teach you about PR at university

Four things they don't teach you about PR at university

Something about starting my career in PR reminds me of the advanced mathematics textbook I used to slave over in high school back when I was 18 years old.

Conference season is an opportunity for the LGA to shape the debate around budgets and Brexit

Conference season is an opportunity for the LGA to shape the debate around budgets and Brexit

As I write, the Local Government Association is working with our councillors, national politicians and stakeholders - including think tanks, charities and businesses - to ensure that local government's priorities are heard across the party conferences.

Labour Party Conference: Is business back in town?

Labour Party Conference: Is business back in town?

Labour's largely unexpected General Election showing led to the 'out of power for a generation' predictions being torn up.

After Bell Pottinger, who would PR the Saudi government? (And who does already?)

After Bell Pottinger, who would PR the Saudi government? (And who does already?)

The Saudi government is looking for PR support? 'I know just the firm,' read a wry tweet from one journalist last week, days after Bell Pottinger's public humiliation.

Four ways Uber's new CEO can salvage its decaying reputation

Four ways Uber's new CEO can salvage its decaying reputation

After two months of intense speculation, former Expedia chief Dara Khosrowshahi was officially confirmed as the new Uber CEO.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Former CIPR president Sarah Pinch and public affairs leader John Lehal (both pictured below) have been appointed chair and vice chair, respectively, of PR industry diversity charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

Sainsbury's restructures comms teams and seeks consumer agency to replace Golin

Sainsbury's restructures comms teams and seeks consumer agency to replace Golin

Sainsbury's has restructured its entire in-house comms function and severed ties with Golin, following its acquisition of Argos and Habitat and the departure of comms chief Louise Evans.

Maitland appoints Bell Pottinger trio led by former Mirror business editor Clinton Manning

Maitland appoints Bell Pottinger trio led by former Mirror business editor Clinton Manning

Havas-owned Maitland has become the latest agency to recruit practitioners left without jobs after the collapse of Bell Pottinger, hiring former partner Clinton Manning and two of his team.

In brief: Mental health launches at PRCA and HCA, new CEO at PRII, Bennett back as Exposure director

Mental health initiatives at PRCA and HCA, new CEO at PRII, Bennett back as Exposure director, Pair join Publishers Association and more from PRWeek UK.

HSBC hires Lacey to global media role with agencies expecting PR agency pitch

HSBC hires Lacey to global media role with agencies expecting PR agency pitch

HSBC has appointed Barclaycard director of external comms Helen Lacey to the newly created role of head of media relations for its global retail banking and wealth management division.

In brief: Messem brings transport to Madano, Shaffer hired by Hornbeam, Portland gets SNP man, Boswell-Smith joins Prime Global

In brief: Messem brings transport to Madano, Shaffer hired by Hornbeam, Portland gets SNP man, Boswell-Smith joins Prime Global

Messem brings transport to Madano, Shaffer hired by Hornbeam, Portland gets SNP man, Boswell-Smith joins Prime Global and more from PRWeek UK.