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DfID comms chief joins Portland as agency hires for new 'Brexit Unit'

DfID comms chief joins Portland as agency hires for new 'Brexit Unit'

Portland has appointed the director of comms for the UK's Department for International Development as a partner, as well as another new hire to boost the agency's new Brexit Unit.

Lib Dem PR and campaign figures working for 'centrist' political group MoreUnited.uk

Lib Dem PR and campaign figures working for 'centrist' political group MoreUnited.uk

Former Liberal Democrat senior press officer Debbie Gore and ex-campaign and membership chief Austin Rathe are two key figures supporting MoreUnited.uk, the new group promoting progressive and centrist voices in UK politics, PRWeek has learned.

Watch: US government spokesman halts briefing to ask if reporter is playing Pokémon Go

Watch: US government spokesman halts briefing to ask if reporter is playing Pokémon Go

US State Department spokesman John Kirby has interrupted a press conference to check the progress of a journalist who was playing Pokémon Go.

Ex-Downing Street PR chiefs could be blocked from honours in 'cronyism' row

Ex-Downing Street PR chiefs could be blocked from honours in 'cronyism' row

Three senior former press aides to David Cameron have been named by The Times today among a list of his close allies that the Cabinet Office could reportedly block from receiving honours.

Theresa May's first PMQs: Orgreave, Trident and inevitable comparisons with Thatcher

Theresa May's first PMQs: Orgreave, Trident and inevitable comparisons with Thatcher

In her inaugural PMQs appearance, Prime Minister Theresa May gave what some commentators described as an "assured" and "competent" performance while Jeremy Corbyn failed to land any serious blows.

Podcast: What are the latest reputation trends and challenges to management?

Podcast: What are the latest reputation trends and challenges to management?

PRWeek's editor-in-chief, Danny Rogers, participated in a Lansons podcast to discuss the findings from the 2016 UK RepTrak rankings and the impact of Brexit.

Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Almost half of PR professionals believe client budgets will be reduced in the next 12 months following the EU referendum result, according to an exclusive PRWeek/PRCA survey.

UK PR fears Brexit but public affairs eyes opportunities

UK PR fears Brexit but public affairs eyes opportunities

The EU referendum did not go the way most in the UK PR industry hoped. So, as the resulting uncertainty rolls on, what now for public relations in the UK and Europe?

May must find balance between steel and compassion in Nice tragedy response

May must find balance between steel and compassion in Nice tragedy response

Theresa May could find that communicating her compassion is a "weak spot", and the new PM must be prepared for her response to a terrorist attack in the south of France last night to be scrutinised tightly, comms experts have argued.

May assembles Downing Street comms and advice team including Perrior and Hill

May assembles Downing Street comms and advice team including Perrior and Hill

Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street comms and special adviser team began to take shape last night with several key appointments, including head of comms Katie Perrior and PRWeek UK Power Book entrant John Godfrey.

Nick Clegg's spokesman appointed director of comms for Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg's spokesman appointed director of comms for Liberal Democrats

Phil Reilly, Nick Clegg's former head of government comms and his chief speechwriter during the coalition government, has been appointed director of comms for the Lib Dems.

Finsbury names new public affairs chief as Will Tanner departs

Finsbury names new public affairs chief as Will Tanner departs

Finsbury partner and former BAA public affairs chief Scott Colvin has been appointed to oversee the London-based agency's public affairs arm, following the departure of longstanding head of public affairs Will Tanner.

EU asks if marketing laws are fit for purpose, but will they still apply to UK?

EU asks if marketing laws are fit for purpose, but will they still apply to UK?

The European Commission is undertaking a public consultation to check up on the "fitness" of the current EU consumer and marketing legislation - and the PRCA has warned that UK PRs should keep tabs on the laws despite the impending Brexit.

Top of the month: 'Leave' offers a masterclass in effective comms campaigning

Top of the month: 'Leave' offers a masterclass in effective comms campaigning

The movement for Britain to leave the European Union did everything a successful PR campaign should.

Cameron's final PMQs: Leaving day, legacies and Larry the cat

Cameron's final PMQs: Leaving day, legacies and Larry the cat

"I will miss the roar of the crowd and I will miss the barbs from the opposition... but I will be willing all of you on," David Cameron told the House of Commons at the end of his 147th - and final - appearance at Prime Minister's Questions.

Flop of the month: 'Mothergate' row leaves Andrea Leadsom's Tory leadership ambition in tatters

Flop of the month: 'Mothergate' row leaves Andrea Leadsom's Tory leadership ambition in tatters

She was the great hope of many pro-Brexit Conservatives, but Andrea Leadsom's disastrous handling of a press interview and its aftermath brought her plan to be the next Tory leader and Prime Minister to a grinding halt.

Out of her depth, error-prone... but far from terminal? PR pros react to Andrea Leadsom 'mothergate' row

Out of her depth, error-prone... but far from terminal? PR pros react to Andrea Leadsom 'mothergate' row

Andrea Leadsom's "error-prone" handling of this weekend's 'mothergate' episode has been criticised sharply by PR professionals, although some argue her 'straight talking' approach could be a benefit ahead of the Conservative Party leadership election.

Opinion and features

The day I media trained Boris Johnson

The day I media trained Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson and media training don't seem like the most obvious words you'd find in the same sentence.

From the editor-in-chief: Comms pros are being tested as never before

From the editor-in-chief: Comms pros are being tested as never before

Has there ever been a more tumultuous month in the UK comms business?

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

There was talk of 'cause fatigue' at Cannes this year, but that doesn't mean the industry should move on - it's simply that purpose has evolved.

Why 'fewer clearer louder' and sticking by its objectives are working for Which?

Why 'fewer clearer louder' and sticking by its objectives are working for Which?

Which?'s head of news says that having central objectives for the whole organisation - and its 'fewer clearer louder' strategy - help it maintain a coherent image and gives it a stronger platform to challenge consumer injustices.

What happens after the reshuffle dust has settled?

What happens after the reshuffle dust has settled?

It is only three weeks after the EU referendum, but more has happened politically than we might see in three normal years.

Andrea Leadsom: Two views on why she crashed out of the leadership race

Andrea Leadsom: Two views on why she crashed out of the leadership race

Two specialists, from Burson-Marsteller UK and Connect Communications, give their take on (another) eventful 24 hours in British politics.

May needs to find the chink in Leadsom's patriotic armour - the kids

May needs to find the chink in Leadsom's patriotic armour - the kids

So, now the Westminster combat is done, Generals Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom move to a new battlefield - the heartlands of the Tory membership.

Memo: To campaign managers in the Tory leadership election

Memo: To campaign managers in the Tory leadership election

Conservative MPs have begun the process of electing a new leader. Based on my experience of leadership contests - including one as campaign manager - I think there are some smart steps to take and pitfalls to avoid.

Third-party endorsement didn't keep us in the EU - but it might still work for you

Third-party endorsement didn't keep us in the EU - but it might still work for you

What can campaigners learn from the Brexit referendum battle, where the 'remain' camp got it so very wrong?

The rejected Stronger In posters were dreadful - but honesty is the best policy in EU vote post-mortem

The rejected Stronger In posters were dreadful - but honesty is the best policy in EU vote post-mortem

Were you pro-'remain'? I was. Now, we've all got to be straight with ourselves: we failed massively. Monumentally.

Six ways that Britain can be Strong(ish) Out - as long as we keep a clear head

Six ways that Britain can be Strong(ish) Out - as long as we keep a clear head

Now we are set to leave the EU we need to be practical and ensure any opportunities outweigh the losses we might experience.

With clock ticking, Trump campaign beefs up communications team

With clock ticking, Trump campaign beefs up communications team

The campaign has hired Jason Miller and Michael Abboud in communications roles and digital strategist Vincent Harris.

Three lessons every PR professional can learn from Team Trump

Three lessons every PR professional can learn from Team Trump

Donald Trump's campaign may have divided the opinions of people the world over but, if we can separate the politics from PR, there are elements of Team Trump's strategy that serve as a useful lesson to the comms industry.

We must learn lessons from the EU campaigns as we wake up to a nightmare

We must learn lessons from the EU campaigns as we wake up to a nightmare

PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: As the nightmare begins for Gill Morris, the 'remain' supporter and public affairs chief says lessons must be learnt from the EU referendum campaign.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

In brief: ITV wins for Tin Man, DawBell hired by SecondScreen, Freshwater's results

ITV Studios wins for Tin Man, DawBell hired for SecondScreen, Freshwater's profit rise, Social Circle appoints Propeller PR and more from PRWeek UK.

Cardew's James Clark to shift into automotive comms with Toyota and Lexus

Cardew's James Clark to shift into automotive comms with Toyota and Lexus

James Clark, a director at corporate, financial and public affairs agency The Cardew Group, will move into automotive PR in August when he takes a role for Toyota and Lexus in the UK.

Jane Lawrie to join Tesco as comms chief from Coca-Cola

Jane Lawrie to join Tesco as comms chief from Coca-Cola

Jane Lawrie will join retail giant Tesco on 10 October as group comms director.

In brief: Lewis launches Observa, Sompo appoints Newgate, Westco's Ogilvy partnership and Rayner launches PRInABox.com

Lewis launches analytics service Observa, Japanese insurance firm Sompo appoints Newgate and Máquina Cohn & Wolfe's Vestas victory.

ICAEW comms chief hired by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

ICAEW comms chief hired by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will welcome a new director of brand and corporate reputation in October, joining from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

In brief: Michael Murphy joins Interel, Brandnation wins American Golf, John Doe hires, Olaogun launches Walex

Michael Murphy joins Interel, new business for Honda's Olawale Olaogun, John Doe hires Rik Salmon, American Golf tees up Brandnation and more from PRWeek UK.