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Registrar to issue new lobbying regulations in January

Registrar to issue new lobbying regulations in January

The Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists (ORCL) plans to issue formal rules in January that will determine whether lobbyists will have to join a register under the new Lobbying Act 2014.

Government defends increase in spend on PRs and special advisers

Government defends increase in spend on PRs and special advisers

The Cabinet Office has dismissed opposition party criticism over the rising cost of ministers' special advisers, claiming that their "average salary is 8% lower than under the previous Government".

Westbourne Communications succeeds with campaign to limit pre-charge bail

Westbourne Communications succeeds with campaign to limit pre-charge bail

Westbourne Communications has succeeded with its Justice Delayed, Justice Denied campaign as Home Secretary Theresa May announces that the Home Office will advance proposals for a legal limit of 28 days on pre-charge bail.

PRCA backs calls to defer lobbying register until after election

PRCA backs calls to defer lobbying register until after election

The PRCA has backed calls to delay implementation of the upcoming registration scheme for lobbyists until after the May 2015 general election.

Connect Communications targets global expansion

Connect Communications targets global expansion

London-based Connect Communications has announced plans to enter new markets including the US, EMEA, Australia, China and India, expanding beyond its longstanding focus on Westminster and Whitehall.

Lobbying register should be deferred until after general election, says APPC

Lobbying register should be deferred until after general election, says APPC

Launch of the upcoming registration scheme for lobbyists should be deferred until after the general election, according to the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC).

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts not cleaning behind fridges, women breastfeeding in the corner and immigrants clogging up the M4. Every time Nigel Farage or members of his party make such statements, the 'Metropolitan elite' they deride throws up its hands in horror with a look of disbelief. But what sounds like a gaffe to some is music to the ears of UKIP's supporters and plays straight into the anti-politics 'everyman' image of Farage and his party. So why has UKIP chosen this moment to up its game with the appointment of BBC veteran Paul Lambert as director of communications?

Fishburn and R3 among the winners at PRCA's Public Affairs Awards

Fishburn was named Consultancy of the Year and R3: the Association of Business Recovery Professionals won In-House Team of the Year at the PRCA's inaugural Public Affairs Awards last night.

Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt among six new recruits at FTI Consulting

Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt among six new recruits at FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting has recruited former Labour health secretary Patricia Hewitt as part of six new appointments to its UK Public Affairs practice.

More than one in five public affairs practitioners did not vote in last general election

More than one in five public affairs practitioners did not vote in last general election

Public affairs professionals may work in the world of politics but that does not necessarily mean they participate in the democratic process, according to new research.

Fortitude Partners advises Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean

Fortitude Partners advises Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean

Reputation management consultancy Fortitude Partners has won a retained brief to advise a Trinidad-based diplomatic services academy on its comms strategy.

MRM appoints US campaign specialist Brittney Parker to public affairs arm

The public affairs division of financial specialists MRM has hired Brittney Parker to its ranks ahead of next year's general election.

UKIP recruits BBC veteran Paul Lambert as comms director

UKIP recruits BBC veteran Paul Lambert as comms director

UKIP has appointed veteran BBC producer Paul Lambert as the party's director of communications.

Lloyds appoints Telegraph deputy editor Benedict Brogan as public affairs director

Lloyds appoints Telegraph deputy editor Benedict Brogan as public affairs director

Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Benedict Brogan, deputy editor and chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph, as its new director of group public affairs.

Action for Children comms head David Hamilton to chair PR Council

The PRCA has appointed David Hamilton, head of PR and engagement at Action for Children, to the role of vice-chairman of the PR Council before he takes the council's chairman role in January 2016.

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger has appointed Julie Minns, head of public policy and corporate responsibility at mobile operator Three, as a partner in its political team.

PRCA: CIPR 'wrong' to suggest sector is 'scared' to resist new lobbying disclosures

PRCA: CIPR 'wrong' to suggest sector is 'scared' to resist new lobbying disclosures

The PRCA says rival trade body the CIPR is "wrong" to suggest the industry "should be scared to say no" to calls to voluntarily disclose information on meetings they have with ministers or civil servants as part of the new lobbying register.

Opinion and features

Electorate faces another round of compromise

Electorate faces another round of compromise

As the general election nears, voters disillusioned with politicians and the parties they represent face the same messy compromise.

Two political takes on the Autumn Statement

Two political takes on the Autumn Statement

Two strategists discuss the implications of George Osborne's Autumn Statement from a comms perspective.

Luxury goods brands enter a brave new world

Luxury goods brands enter a brave new world

As luxury brands reach new markets globally, they must not lose sight of the unique comms hurdles ahead.

Thriller or Filler? The Art of Political Persuasion

Thriller or Filler? The Art of Political Persuasion

This month's book review features a manual on lobbying by Lionel Zetter.

Flop of the month: UKIP tries and fails to pull off tuneful political satire

Flop of the month: UKIP tries and fails to pull off tuneful political satire

In an ill-advised attempt at humour, the party released UKIP Calypso, a song performed by former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read.

From the editor-in-chief: A manifesto for career confidence

From the editor-in-chief: A manifesto for career confidence

Perhaps the biggest frustration for any PR professional is the lack of credit that they receive for their work, their advice, even their entire careers.

From the boardroom: Tata Limited executive director David Landsman

From the boardroom: Tata Limited executive director David Landsman

The Tata corporate brand is key to holding together its myriad companies, says its executive director David Landsman.

Shooting from the whip

Shooting from the whip

Too often MPs are held accountable to party whips rather than to the electorate whose needs they should be serving.

SSE should stop the green monkey business

SSE should stop the green monkey business

Whatever else you say about power generator SSE, it is a deter­mined optimist. Its glass is resolutely 27 per cent full. But this over-the-top, logic-defying optimism has left the firm open to accusations of cynicism and greenwash.

CIPR comment: Ethical public affairs

CIPR comment: Ethical public affairs

Public affairs practitioners can uphold the highest professional standards by adhering to the CIPR Code of Conduct.

Rules, ransom and radio: Islamic State's multifarious assault on the media

Rules, ransom and radio: Islamic State's multifarious assault on the media

Islamic State is controlling both traditional and social media as it tightens its grip on parts of Syria and Iraq, finds John Owens in Beirut.

A PR professional's guide to social media monitoring

A PR professional's guide to social media monitoring

There are numerous tools available for monitoring your social media campaigns and the opportunities for engagement seem limitless, but this can brings pitfalls.

Hit or Miss? Campaign for return of Elgin Marbles feeds off Clooney publicity

Hit or Miss? Campaign for return of Elgin Marbles feeds off Clooney publicity

The profile of the Greek government's long-running appeal for the return of its national treasure from Britain received a boost when yesterday's papers prominently featured the arrival of its legal adviser Amal Clooney in Athens.

"Did you have to pay a backhander to get the business?" The challenge of working in Russia

"Did you have to pay a backhander to get the business?" The challenge of working in Russia

It is always interesting to gauge PR people's responses when I tell them that 60 per cent, or around £1.2m, of JTA's business comes from Russia and Russian speaking countries.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Portland targets new business units as Oliver Pauley becomes UK MD

Portland targets new business units as Oliver Pauley becomes UK MD

Portland is to launch dedicated financial, internal comms and digital/creative business units in 2015 as it announces the promotion of Oliver Pauley to UK MD and 13 new partners to its UK and international businesses.

Headland doubles firm's headcount with senior hires

Headland doubles firm's headcount with senior hires

Headland has made a raft of new hires, including Paul Griffin who joins from Citigate as a director.

Ketchum takes majority stake in longtime Brazilian affiliate

Ketchum takes majority stake in longtime Brazilian affiliate

The Omnicom Group agency's longtime partner in Brazil, Ketchum Estratégia, will rebrand as Ketchum.

Tony Blair's former spokesman hired by Champollion

Tony Blair's former spokesman hired by Champollion

Champollion, the public affairs and media handling agency, has appointed Tony Blair's former official spokesman David Hill as one of two non-executive directors.

Lodestone appoints former think-tank comms head Sophie Duder

Lodestone appoints former think-tank comms head Sophie Duder

Sophie Duder will leave her role as head of comms and events at think-tank Demos to join Lodestone Communications as account director.

AIG appoints Rhodri Williams to EMEA comms VP role

AIG appoints Rhodri Williams to EMEA comms VP role

Rhodri Williams has been named VP of communications and public affairs for EMEA at AIG.