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House Lannister appoints Reyne Communications for reputational brief

House Lannister appoints Reyne Communications for reputational brief

House Lannister has appointed Reyne Communications following a five-way pitched-battle.

Portland hires head of digital comms at No 10 Anthony Simon

Portland hires head of digital comms at No 10 Anthony Simon

Portland has appointed Anthony Simon, who heads up digital comms at the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office, to join the agency's international team.

SNP MP Pete Wishart named 'Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year'

SNP MP Pete Wishart named 'Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year'

The 2015 Political Twitter Awards have named SNP MP Pete Wishart 'Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year', beating Respect MP George Galloway who came second and Green MP Caroline Lucas, who came third.

Lobbying register launched along with publicly accessible link to registrants

Lobbying register launched along with publicly accessible link to registrants

Just over a year after the Lobbying Act became law, the statutory register of consultant lobbyists was launched this morning at 9am.

Labour has biggest share of support on social media

Labour has biggest share of support on social media

Labour has a 35 per cent share of the voice on social media across all key election topics, according to a study by social analytics firm Crimson Hexagon.

Paul Adamson joins King's College London as visiting professor

Paul Adamson joins King's College London as visiting professor

The Policy Institute at King's College London has appointed Paul Adamson as a visiting professor.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies opens Nigeria office with Tokunboh Durosaro as MD

Hill+Knowlton Strategies opens Nigeria office with Tokunboh Durosaro as MD

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria and appointed Tokunboh Durosaro as managing director for the country.

UKIP woos second BBC producer to boost its comms team

UKIP woos second BBC producer to boost its comms team

UKIP has appointed former BBC producer Sarah White as a press officer ahead of the general election in May.

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

It is often said, with much hand-wringing, that the PR industry has a PR problem but this is usually within the context of arguments about why PRs do not have a seat at the top table or command the same budgets as counterparts in marketing or advertising. But the alarming results of an exclusive survey for PRWeek show that PR itself has a reputational deficit to navigate, with nearly 70 per cent of the general public saying it does not trust its practitioners.

Lobbying register to cost £616k by end of year one

Lobbying register to cost £616k by end of year one

The lobbying register is expected to cost £616,000 in implementation and first-year running costs, with the industry set to contribute less than one quarter of that amount in fees.

Political cliché most likely to turn people off is "hard-working families"

Political cliché most likely to turn people off is "hard-working families"

The term "hard-working families" is the most disliked political cliché, followed by "let me be clear" and "the economic mess", according to an online poll by polifiller.com

Government's higher-rate tax band and apprenticeship pay increase is "step forward" for PR industry

Government's higher-rate tax band and apprenticeship pay increase is "step forward" for PR industry

Chancellor George Osborne has announced increases in personal allowance, apprenticeship pay and a higher rate tax threshold - factors that will benefit the PR industry, says the PRCA.

Tetra Strategy founders announce split

The founders of public affairs firm Tetra Strategy have announced they are "dividing the business" to go their separate ways after eight years.

Labour shadow minister Lisa Nandy calls lobbying register 'a waste of public money'

Labour shadow minister Lisa Nandy calls lobbying register 'a waste of public money'

Lisa Nandy, Labour's shadow minister for civil society, has slated the lobbying register as rushed, lacking the support of the industry and a waste of money.

LinkedIn appoints Westbourne Communications for UK public affairs brief

LinkedIn appoints Westbourne Communications for UK public affairs brief

Professional network LinkedIn has retained Westbourne Communications as its first UK public affairs agency, following a three-way pitch.

Ketchum calls it quits on Russia work

Ketchum calls it quits on Russia work

Ketchum has ended its high-profile and controversial media relations work for the Kremlin.

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Following International Women's Day last Sunday and to coincide with our women's issue, PRWeek asks why an industry that is two-thirds female has such clear imbalances when it comes to senior roles and pay equality. We spoke to senior women in the industry about the main barriers women in PR face, why we should do something about it, and what steps the industry can take to tackle this issue.

Opinion and features

Five devices politicians use to build a winning sound bite

Five devices politicians use to build a winning sound bite

With the general election drawing ever closer, politicians are bombarding the public with speeches on TV, radio, in town halls, on buses and - in the case of Nigel Farage - even in pubs. They are all searching for the killer sound bite that will deliver them victory like Bill Clinton's devastating "it's the economy, stupid" used in the 1992 US presidential campaign. Here are five rhetorical devices politicians will attempt to combine for the sound bite that could win them the election.

A mixed bag for booze and fags

A mixed bag for booze and fags

It has been a fortnight of contrasting fortunes for the UK's two biggest 'sin' industries.

Osborne's sixth Budget defines both him and David Cameron's premiership

Osborne's sixth Budget defines both him and David Cameron's premiership

Budgets come and Budgets go - but this one is significantly different. It is a moment of definition for Chancellor George Osborne, its architect. And his sixth Budget also defines the future of David Cameron's premiership.

TTIP may be a good deal but its supporters need to communicate it more effectively

TTIP may be a good deal but its supporters need to communicate it more effectively

TTIP is not your typical free trade agreement. To be more precise, as one of the primary goals of the agreement is to address a range of regulatory issues between the two blocs, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently being discussed by the US and the European Union is not an entirely traditional free trade agreement.

PRWeek's Mentoring Project: The benefit of experience

PRWeek's Mentoring Project: The benefit of experience

Claire Murphy catches up with PRWeek's Mentoring Project to see how it has helped both the mentors and mentees' careers.

Jacqui Smith: 'I haven't left politics, I've left Parliament'

Jacqui Smith: 'I haven't left politics, I've left Parliament'

In 1997 Jacqui Smith entered Parliament as one of 'Blair's babes' on the back of an all-women shortlist. By 2007 she had become the first female Home Secretary and for two years was the most powerful woman in British politics. But she lost her Redditch seat in the wake of the MPs' expenses scandal. Now she is back as chair of Westbourne Communications' public affairs practice. She discusses politics, PR and passion with Anna Reynolds.

No cracks yet in the glass ceiling

No cracks yet in the glass ceiling

Although the Equal Pay Act was first introduced in 1970, women's salaries in PR still lag well behind that of their male counterparts, particularly at senior level and for those aged over 40.

Six tips for politicians on how to avoid election howlers

Six tips for politicians on how to avoid election howlers

The challenge is on to stick to the manifesto script and for campaigners to watch what they eat - and tweet.

Public bodies must lead the way in promoting women

Public bodies must lead the way in promoting women

Boardroom quotas imposed by the Government could give women a chance to change the industry for the better.

Dos and don'ts of chemistry meetings

Dos and don'ts of chemistry meetings

You suss each other out online. Maybe you have a coy call or two. Then you get together and show off your best side while working out whether the other party would embarrass you in front of your mum. If it wasn't in a business setting, a 'chemistry meeting' would be called what everyone knows it really is: a first date.

Cash-for-access MPs scandal: Two views, from the lobbying industry and Parliament

Cash-for-access MPs scandal: Two views, from the lobbying industry and Parliament

On Monday, two former foreign secretaries, the Conservative Malcolm Rifkind and Labour's Jack Straw for Labour, were suspended from their parliamentary parties after being secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a fictitious Chinese company for cash in a joint Dispatches/Telegraph investigation. Both insist they have broken no rules. Below, the chair of the APPC and a parliamentary researcher to Paul Farrelly MP give their views.

Public affairs needs to wake up to the multi-party system

Public affairs needs to wake up to the multi-party system

Public affairs is in danger of being left behind as the party system changes.

From the editor-in-chief: Whitehall and the City yearn for your good conversation

From the editor-in-chief: Whitehall and the City yearn for your good conversation

I am genuinely convinced, more than ever before, that professional comms people are positioned at the point where businesses and politicians yearn to be.

Flop of the month: Green Party wrong-footed by off-colour remarks

Flop of the month: Green Party wrong-footed by off-colour remarks

Those inclusive, liberal, lefty types at the Green Party never seem to put a foot wrong when appealing to their core constituency of sandal-wearing, muesli-knitting tree lovers. Do they?

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Westbourne Communications opens Brussels office and makes two hires

Westbourne Communications opens Brussels office and makes two hires

Westbourne Communications has boosted its European operations by hiring two European Union experts and opening an office in Brussels.

Three restructures corporate comms amid senior departures

Three restructures corporate comms amid senior departures

Mobile phone group Three has made major changes to its PR structure, with the corporate comms team now reporting to director of legal for marketing, consumer and sales following the departure of director of corporate affairs Hugh Davies and head of corporate comms Guy Middleton.

GE's Gary Sheffer to step down

GE's Gary Sheffer to step down

He will be replaced by Deirdre Latour, senior director of external communications.

Change.org hires Tom Bage from Pagefield as UK comms director

Change.org hires Tom Bage from Pagefield as UK comms director

Change.org, the petition website, has hired Tom Bage from corporate comms agency Pagefield as UK director of comms.

Co-op to shake up PR function with Jon Church named comms director

Co-op to shake up PR function with Jon Church named comms director

The Co-op is to undergo a major PR restructure, with the departure of director Nick Folland, who currently heads the corporate comms and public affairs function, and the appointment of former Tesco and Coles PR chief Jon Church as comms director, PRWeek has learned.

Tonic Life makes three hires to boost digital offering

Tonic Life makes three hires to boost digital offering

Tonic Life Communications, part of Huntsworth Health, has made three new hires following the recent appointment of global CEO Mary Smiddy.