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Daily Mail journalist James Slack's appointment as PM spokesperson a 'super-smart move'

Daily Mail journalist James Slack's appointment as PM spokesperson a 'super-smart move'

The appointment of Daily Mail political editor James Slack as Theresa May's official spokesperson is a 'super-smart move' that also shows the 'alignment' between Downing Street and the newspaper, political comms experts have told PRWeek.

Higginson husband-and-wife team set up PR and political campaigns agency

Higginson husband-and-wife team set up PR and political campaigns agency

A husband-and-wife team who were both former lobby journalists have set up a new PR agency.

Law firms 'over-egging' their claims to offer public affairs, lobbying registrar says

Law firms 'over-egging' their claims to offer public affairs, lobbying registrar says

Law firms are often "over-egging the pudding" with claims of providing public affairs and lobbying services - meaning they often do not need to submit to the statutory lobbying register, according to the head of the regulator.

Interel buys US agency AMG - a 'significant step to becoming a global player'

Interel buys US agency AMG - a 'significant step to becoming a global player'

Belgium-based public affairs agency Interel has acquired US association management services and government affairs consultancy AMG for an undisclosed sum.

Standard Chartered gets ex-FCA chief Tracey McDermott to lead comms and public affairs

Standard Chartered gets ex-FCA chief Tracey McDermott to lead comms and public affairs

FTSE 100 banking group Standard Chartered has hired Tracey McDermott, former acting CEO of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority, to a new role overseeing public affairs, comms and sustainability.

Trump has 'never asked me to lie', says Sean Spicer

Trump has 'never asked me to lie', says Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer says Donald Trump has "never asked him to lie" but that spin plays a big part in his role as the White House press secretary.

'Useful filler' with a 'purposefully bland title': PR pros on PM's Brexit White Paper

'Useful filler' with a 'purposefully bland title': PR pros on PM's Brexit White Paper

PR and public affairs experts say that the Government's White Paper on Brexit is a "useful filler" that provides little extra detail - with one commenting on its "purposefully bland" title.

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

Travel ban gives tech CEOs cover to resist Trump

In an ultra-politicized world, Silicon Valley has to choose between angering the world's most powerful man or a vindictive consumer market. Since last weekend, it's picked the former.

Holding company chiefs speak out against Trump immigration ban

Holding company chiefs speak out against Trump immigration ban

John Wren, Michael Roth, and Martin Sorrell vow to protect their workers from executive order restricting immigration from seven countries.

Hit or miss? PR pros on whether Theresa May came up Trumps in visit to US

Hit or miss? PR pros on whether Theresa May came up Trumps in visit to US

Was Theresa May and her team's handling of her visit to President Trump, and its immediate aftermath, a hit or a miss from a comms perspective? PRWeek asks the PR experts.

Several PR and comms players named on Power Part Time list

Several PR and comms players named on Power Part Time list

The annual Power Part Time list has been released, featuring several figures from comms, the media and politics.

Toby Orr to leave Portland for comms director role at Department for International Trade

Toby Orr to leave Portland for comms director role at Department for International Trade

Portland senior partner Toby Orr is to leave the agency to become director of communications at the Government's Department for International Trade.

'Twitter-phobic' May should emphasise the impersonal to make Trump trip a comms success, say PR pros

'Twitter-phobic' May should emphasise the impersonal to make Trump trip a comms success, say PR pros

Theresa May and her PR team would be wise to remain restrained in their comms strategy and must avoid "personalising" the UK-US relationship as she heads to meet President Trump.

Brunswick takes on Cameron aide and peer to advise on recruitment

Brunswick takes on Cameron aide and peer to advise on recruitment

Baroness Fall, a member of the House of Lords and for six years a senior aide to former PM David Cameron, has joined the UK's second-largest PR firm in a role focused on recruitment.

Four creates 'UK's biggest public affairs agency' as takeover spree continues

Four creates 'UK's biggest public affairs agency' as takeover spree continues

Four Communications Group has acquired John Lehal's Insight Consulting Group (ICG) for an undisclosed fee, creating a 50-strong public affairs team.

Prime Minister's comms strategist Robin Gordon-Farleigh departs for Edelman role

Prime Minister's comms strategist Robin Gordon-Farleigh departs for Edelman role

Robin Gordon-Farleigh, a senior comms strategist at Downing Street advising Theresa May and her predecessor David Cameron, has been hired by Edelman to work in its Dubai office.

PR industry condemns 'alternative facts' concept

PR industry condemns 'alternative facts' concept

Senior communicators emphasized how dangerous it is for PR pros to peddle half truths and embrace dubious concepts in their practice such as Kellyanne Conway's alternative facts.

Opinion and features

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not a subject that will get hearts racing, but the PR industry had better take notice.

Do you speak human? The best corporate comms in the post-truth world will be B2H

Do you speak human? The best corporate comms in the post-truth world will be B2H

In this period of political and societal turbulence, the only certainty is uncertainty - that's where 'business to human' communications comes in.

Spicer: An impossible job

Spicer: An impossible job

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has found himself one of the most recognized people on the planet after last weekend's Saturday Night Live - no matter how funny the sketch was, it can't be good for Spicer or the perception of public relations.

On mindlessness: The PR industry needs to switch off to switch on creativity

On mindlessness: The PR industry needs to switch off to switch on creativity

'Always on' working culture is great for productivity, but is it killing our creativity? Here's a theory on how we can reinvigorate our imagination - and let the ideas come to us.

We need to be global citizens in order to be successful in PR

We need to be global citizens in order to be successful in PR

There's a lot of talk around our industry these days about diversity, and it is good and right that we are collectively trying hard to force ourselves out of our British, white, middle-class straitjacket.

Flop of the month: Uber stalls in response to Trump-related backlash

Flop of the month: Uber stalls in response to Trump-related backlash

Uber's response to criticism and protest over its CEO's association with Donald Trump and its actions over a New York taxi strike failed to halt the negative coverage.

Cyber security: why comms teams can't afford to bury their head in the sand

Cyber security: why comms teams can't afford to bury their head in the sand

What do Tesco Bank, the US Democratic National Committee and England's largest NHS Trust have in common? They have all fallen prey to high-profile cyber attacks recently.

Top of the month: Starbucks stirs right emotions with anti-Trump announcement

Top of the month: Starbucks stirs right emotions with anti-Trump announcement

Starbucks gave a lesson in how to reclaim the news agenda and emphasise its brand values in response to a potentially damaging campaign.

The unconscionable arrogance of unpaid internships

The unconscionable arrogance of unpaid internships

This month, for the first time in our history, we recruited an intern.

Theresa May could be Trump's best asset

Theresa May could be Trump's best asset

The Prime Minister has scored an important coup by being the first head of government to meet President Trump on Friday.

Why I hate use of the phrase 'game changer' in press releases

Why I hate use of the phrase 'game changer' in press releases

'Game changer' is a pointless phrase. It litters press release headlines every day, but it doesn't really tell you anything.

How 17 PR pros reacted to Sean Spicer's Saturday press conference

How 17 PR pros reacted to Sean Spicer's Saturday press conference

Their verdict: Spicer's credibility didn't make it through one press conference.

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer's attack on press is an ominous sign in the era of owned media

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer's attack on press is an ominous sign in the era of owned media

Sean Spicer's first press briefing as President Trump's official spokesman was truly an extraordinary moment. Watching open-mouthed from London, PRWeek UK deputy editor John Harrington considers the wider ramifications.

Why every team needs a CD - a 'creative deviant', that is

Why every team needs a CD - a 'creative deviant', that is

The start of the year brings the inevitable talk of goal-setting. Maybe you're looking to up the ante on your personal creativity, hunt that Cannes Lion or innovate in your sector.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Hanover hires ex-BT corporate affairs chief Michael Prescott as 2016 revenue tops £11m

Hanover hires ex-BT corporate affairs chief Michael Prescott as 2016 revenue tops £11m

Hanover has hired former BT director of corporate affairs Michael Prescott to a new senior corporate and political role, as the agency reports 25 per cent revenue growth to £11.4m in 2016.

Edelman UK hires creative specialist Ryan Reddick to new content director role

Edelman UK hires creative specialist Ryan Reddick to new content director role

Edelman UK has hired Ryan Reddick, formerly creative director at content agency The Moment, to the new position of content director.

In brief: Atlas brings in ex-minister, Bubble & Squeak win, coffee body takes on Shed

Atlas brings in Jo Swinson, Bubble & Squeak captures camera firm, Huel expands Emerge work, coffee body takes on Shed, and more from PRWeek UK.

MSLGroup ups Peter Steere to EMEA chairman to 'drive collaboration'

MSLGroup ups Peter Steere to EMEA chairman to 'drive collaboration'

MSLGroup has promoted Peter Steere to EMEA chairman, about a year after Anders Kempe left his role overseeing the region.

U.S. COO Nicole Cornish exits Burson-Marsteller

U.S. COO Nicole Cornish exits Burson-Marsteller

She joined the firm in 2002, then rose through the ranks at Burson and grassroots agency Direct Impact.

In brief: Former Africa minister turns PR adviser, Scottish FA PR chief departs for Frame, new CEO at Investis

Former Africa minister turns PR adviser, Scottish FA PR chief departs, Scales weighs in as Investis boss and more from PRWeek UK.