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'Well executed' but is this as good as it gets for May? Four PRs on the PM's big speech

'Well executed' but is this as good as it gets for May? Four PRs on the PM's big speech

PM Theresa May yesterday delivered one of the most anticipated speeches in modern British history, outlining her 12 objectives for negotiating Britain's exit from the EU. Four political comms experts give their view.

Pagefield promotes Foster to new chief executive position

Pagefield promotes Foster to new chief executive position

Pagefield has promoted Oliver Foster to the role of chief executive as founder Mark Gallagher decides to take more time to work on outside projects.

Sorrell: Davos 'bubble' failed to predict Trump victory

Sorrell: Davos 'bubble' failed to predict Trump victory

The WPP chief predicts Trump will be good for the U.S. economy.

Brexit Britain deeply divided on the future of the country and their families - but united over May

Brexit Britain deeply divided on the future of the country and their families - but united over May

Pro-'leave' supporters feel optimistic about the country - but pessimistic about themselves and their families - while the reverse is true of those who backed 'remain', according to an exclusive poll carried out for PRWeek.

Burson-Marsteller appoints pollster Joel Benenson worldwide vice chair

Burson-Marsteller appoints pollster Joel Benenson worldwide vice chair

The chief strategist of Hillary Clinton's 2016 White House campaign will continue in his role leading Benenson Strategy Group.

NHS hires senior Sunday Times journalist James Lyons as media and public affairs chief

NHS hires senior Sunday Times journalist James Lyons as media and public affairs chief

Sunday Times deputy political editor James Lyons will join NHS England as its new head of media and public affairs next month, as the health service faces what has controversially been called a "humanitarian crisis".

PMQs Twitter round-up: Happy New Year Prime Minister - where's your 'Brexit' plan?

PMQs Twitter round-up: Happy New Year Prime Minister - where's your 'Brexit' plan?

Following the briefest of pleasantries, it did not take long for hostilities to begin between the main political parties, at the first PMQs of the year.

NMA-led press campaign against Section 40 'unites industry as rarely seen before'

NMA-led press campaign against Section 40 'unites industry as rarely seen before'

A campaign by national and local media against Government plans to tighten the press regulation regime has "united a diverse industry in a way we have rarely seen before", according to the trade body that helped coordinate the work.

Russian 'troll factories' forcing NATO to redefine its comms strategy

Russian 'troll factories' forcing NATO to redefine its comms strategy

NATO's top comms employee has told PRWeek UK that the organisation needs to get its cyber capabilities up to speed in the face of what she calls Russian "troll factories", which have hundreds of people at work creating online propaganda.

New Europe chair for APCO after Bouvier quits for Brunswick

New Europe chair for APCO after Bouvier quits for Brunswick

Claire Boussagol, managing director of APCO Worldwide's office in Brussels, has been appointed chairman for the European region at the company, following the prior incumbent's departure to Brunswick.

Lobbying registrar admits law 'does not constitute regulation in its fullest sense'

Lobbying registrar admits law 'does not constitute regulation in its fullest sense'

A spokeswoman for the body regulating Westminster lobbying has told PRWeek that the law underpinning the regime "does not constitute regulation in its fullest sense" and that the registrar wants to "avoid any misconception that it might do so".

M&C Saatchi picks new comms director for UK Government counter extremism brief

M&C Saatchi picks new comms director for UK Government counter extremism brief

The creative agency M&C Saatchi has recruited Ros Trinick, currently of public affairs agency PLMR, to lead comms work for its major Home Office counter extremism brief.

Four lessons to help you navigate the 'post-truth' world

Four lessons to help you navigate the 'post-truth' world

In the era of Brexit and Trump, customer insight has become the most valuable tool available to brands, says Lord Livermore of BritainThinks.

Labour puts spotlight on agency co-founded by Theresa May's comms chief

Labour puts spotlight on agency co-founded by Theresa May's comms chief

A Labour MP has tabled 16 questions for various Government ministers on whether they have had any commercial dealings with iNHouse Communications, the agency co-founded by Katie Perrior, the Prime Minister's director of comms.

Edelman hires ex-Boris Johnson PR chief Will Walden as UK public affairs MD among senior appointments

Edelman hires ex-Boris Johnson PR chief Will Walden as UK public affairs MD among senior appointments

Edelman has hired Will Walden, Boris Johnson's former adviser and comms director, as MD of its UK public affairs practice alongside two other senior appointments to boost the division.

Brexit department's new comms chief needs 'the patience of a saint' and an 'entrepreneurial streak'

Brexit department's new comms chief needs 'the patience of a saint' and an 'entrepreneurial streak'

Whoever takes the newly advertised role of head of communications at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DEXEU) faces "no small challenge" in an unusual position, public affairs and political PR experts say.

APPC says lobbying registrar needs more rigour and expanded remit

APPC says lobbying registrar needs more rigour and expanded remit

The APPC has told the statutory lobbying register that it needs to apply more rigour in verifying submissions from agencies - and renewed its call for the regulator to have power over a wider group than just public affairs firms.

Opinion and features

BritainThinks Brexit Diaries, Week 2: Communicating effectively with leave and remain voters

BritainThinks Brexit Diaries, Week 2: Communicating effectively with leave and remain voters

PRWeek has partnered with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters in the run-up to triggering Article 50 and beginning the UK's exit from the EU.

Could Corbyn's 'reboot' to campaign like Trump work?

Could Corbyn's 'reboot' to campaign like Trump work?

Just 16 months into his leadership, and it already seems like the last throw of the dice for Jeremy Corbyn.

Trump tweets: 6 steps to surviving a 140-character crisis

Trump tweets: 6 steps to surviving a 140-character crisis

One thing's for sure: Donald Trump will be an unconventional commander-in-chief. It's time to update your crisis plan in response to a potential Twitter beef with the 45th president of the United States.

Nonsense about regional offices making agencies 'diverse' needs to end

Nonsense about regional offices making agencies 'diverse' needs to end

Diversity is a serious issue for public relations. If you're an agency with a regional office pretending this makes you diverse, please stop.

Regulation: a crisis of trust?

Regulation: a crisis of trust?

Consider, if you will, two seemingly unconnected stories with potentially seismic implications for the PR industry.

Want to tackle diversity? Dump the diversity circus

Want to tackle diversity? Dump the diversity circus

I was born in Tanzania to a Ugandan father and a Rwandan-Tanzanian mother. I'm always surprised by those that talk about Africa as if it's a country and Africans as if we are all the same.

Russian propaganda, cyber security, Trump - inside NATO's comms operation

Russian propaganda, cyber security, Trump - inside NATO's comms operation

PRWeek UK heads to Brussels to meet NATO's principal spokesperson, Oana Lungescu, to discuss the US president elect, Russia's propaganda machine and the rising cyber-security threat.

Unpredictability is the new normal - 3 political predictions for 2017

Unpredictability is the new normal - 3 political predictions for 2017

If 2016 taught us anything, it's that politics is a contrary beast, so forecasting is an intimidating prospect. Nonetheless, here are three predictions for 2017.

Here's the cleverest PR move Theresa May could pull in 2017

Here's the cleverest PR move Theresa May could pull in 2017

After the furore over David Cameron's resignation honours, the controversial peerage for Shami Chakrabarti and the disaffection towards the establishment, the New Years Honours List offers the chance for a new era of political patronage to be introduced by Mrs May.

The thorny issue of brand 'forgiveness'

The thorny issue of brand 'forgiveness'

In November 2016 The Campaign Against Antisemitism made a complaint against an East London cafe called Nincomsoup.

PR and comms face the perfect verbal storm

PR and comms face the perfect verbal storm

Leave and Trump campaigns can herald a new verbal dawn for communications, at the expense of 'arrogant network agencies' and their visual bias.

Protecting your pitch: to NDA or not to NDA?

Protecting your pitch: to NDA or not to NDA?

So, you've got an opportunity to pitch to a new client and, after a fruitful brainstorming session with your team, you've got it: The concept that's got 'winning pitch' written all over it.

Pitch Witch: PR agencies must re-engineer their offer now or face extinction

Pitch Witch: PR agencies must re-engineer their offer now or face extinction

The survival of PR consultancies will be decided by their ability to re-engineer themselves to provide flexible services that clients want.

Social anxiety: How to manage digital channels in a crisis

Social anxiety: How to manage digital channels in a crisis

In 2017 it is estimated that 2.2 billion people will own a smartphone and, as the world becomes more social, user-generated content will continue to drive the pace of crisis communications.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

This Girl Can creator Tanya Joseph departs Sport England and takes Hanover role

This Girl Can creator Tanya Joseph departs Sport England and takes Hanover role

Tanya Joseph, the former director of business partnerships at Sport England who was regarded as the architect of the This Girl Can campaign, has left the organisation.

Metro Bank comms director joins Hume Brophy in London

Metro Bank comms director joins Hume Brophy in London

Pete Murray has joined agency Hume Brophy's London office as director of corporate affairs, following two years leading comms for Metro Bank.

Madano hires ex-John Prescott private secretary Chris Parr as director

Madano hires ex-John Prescott private secretary Chris Parr as director

Madano has appointed Chris Parr, John Prescott's former private secretary and Bell Pottinger veteran, as director of its built environment and professional services business.

Who's in? Who's out? The 12 biggest PR people moves of 2016

Who's in? Who's out? The 12 biggest PR people moves of 2016

2016 had its fair share of significant people moves in the UK PR industry. PRWeek rounds up the biggest ins and outs.

Centrica corporate affairs chief Christine McGourty to depart for tech giant Laird

Centrica corporate affairs chief Christine McGourty to depart for tech giant Laird

Christine McGourty, director of corporate affairs at utility firm Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, will leave in the new year to join global electronics and manufacturing firm Laird.

In brief: Wild Card wins bagel brief, Harlequins hires PHA, Hanover's healthy move

Wild Card wins bagel brief, Harlequins teams up with PHA, Hanover's healthy change, Wire repositions with new hires and more from PRWeek UK.