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PRCA's Francis Ingham threatens to 'eat' the lobby register

PRCA's Francis Ingham threatens to 'eat' the lobby register

Not a single MP will appear on the upcoming lobbying register, PRCA director general Francis Ingham predicts.

Food and Drink Federation hires former Diageo director Ian Wright as director general

Food and Drink Federation hires former Diageo director Ian Wright as director general

The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has appointed former Diageo comms director Ian Wright as its new director general.

Cabinet Office announces £750 annual fees for registration to lobbying register

Cabinet Office announces £750 annual fees for registration to lobbying register

The Cabinet Office today published its regulations for the Lobbying Act's statutory register, including annual fees of around £750.

MPs who lobby for money will need to register as lobbyists, registrar confirms

MPs who lobby for money will need to register as lobbyists, registrar confirms

Lobbying registrar Alison White has confirmed that MPs and peers who accept money to influence ministers will need to register as lobbyists.

CIPR urges clarity over MPs on lobbying register after cash-for-access row

CIPR urges clarity over MPs on lobbying register after cash-for-access row

The CIPR has asked the new lobbying registrar to clarify whether MPs who act as consultant lobbyists are required to register with her.

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Westbourne Communications has hired former Labour Party Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to chair its public affairs practice.

'Polifiller' political cliche removal tool updated for general election

Houston PR has updated its "automatic political jargon removal tool", known as 'Polifiller', ahead of the coming general election.

Portland unveils content publishing unit and hires 'digital diplomat'

Portland unveils content publishing unit and hires 'digital diplomat'

Portland has broadened its offer with the launch of a content production unit and the hire of 'digital diplomat' Scott Nolan Smith from the British embassy in Washington.

Lobbying, corporate governance, pay gap: CIPR unveils Manifesto for government

The CIPR has published its Manifesto 2015, which urges the next government to act to encourage a more professional and ethical lobbying community as well as deliver a stronger economy and fairer society.

PLMR pulls out of controversial Durand Academy bid

PLMR pulls out of controversial Durand Academy bid

PLMR has withdrawn its bid to represent the Durand Academy, blaming "mischievous suggestions" about the transparency of the bid process.

PRCA calls for greater clarity over Scottish lobbying register proposals

PRCA calls for greater clarity over Scottish lobbying register proposals

The PRCA has highlighted "limitations" in Scotland's lobbying register proposals.

Lilly UK seeks new public affairs agency

Lilly UK seeks new public affairs agency

Lilly UK, the UK arm of the global pharmaceutical company, is seeking a new public affairs agency.

Committee of MSPs calls for Scottish lobbying register

Committee of MSPs calls for Scottish lobbying register

A committee of MSPs has called for the establishment of a Scottish lobbying register, distinct from that planned for the UK.

Insight Public Affairs rebrands as Insight Consulting Group

Insight Public Affairs rebrands as Insight Consulting Group

Insight Public Affairs has rebranded to become Insight Consulting Group (ICG), in order to better reflect its broader offer.

Powerscourt to grow public affairs and tech offers as Victoria Palmer-Moore becomes managing partner

Powerscourt plans to expand its public affairs and digital offers this year as it announces the promotion of partner Victoria Palmer-Moore and finance director David Cohen with immediate effect.

Lobbying register to launch on 27 March, but PRCA and CIPR express fears

Lobbying register to launch on 27 March, but PRCA and CIPR express fears

The new statutory lobbying register is to go live on 27 March, although industry leaders have expressed concerns that significant questions remain outstanding - including the costs for lobbyists.

Have your say: what are the best PR tools to win the general election?

Have your say: what are the best PR tools to win the general election?

Following our analysis on whether this will be the first integrated election campaign, we want to hear your views on the debate.

Opinion and features

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?

Britain could leave Europe if comms lessons are not learned

Britain could leave Europe if comms lessons are not learned

The campaign to keep Britain in Europe needs to take heed of the Scottish referendum and stay positive.

A chance to prove your political passion

A chance to prove your political passion

Any public affairs consultant who wants to further their career needs to think carefully about how to get personally involved in the general election.

Return on storytelling - how the dynamics of PR have changed

Return on storytelling - how the dynamics of PR have changed

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General election: How the main parties are approaching comms and social media

General election: How the main parties are approaching comms and social media

Alex Benady looks at the main parties' general election comms strategies and the race to stay at the forefront of social media.

EY unveils campaign to freeze out workplace gender inequality

EY unveils campaign to freeze out workplace gender inequality

EY, the global professional services organisation, has launched an initiative to tackle gender inequality in the workplace with an ice screen installation at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos.

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

The annual gathering for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, brings together a heady mix of politicians, corporations, scientists and philanthropists to address the key challenges of the day. Two writers give PRWeek their perspective from inside the conference.

Fifteen steps to great communications in 2015

The PRCA has launched recommendations for great comms in 2015, following an in-depth consultation with the PRCA's senior members and PR Council.

Interviews and features: 2014 in review

Interviews and features: 2014 in review

PRWeek looks back at some of the best in-depth pieces from 2014, including interviews with Sir Martin Sorrell, Harold Burson and Mary Portas, as well as features on subjects ranging from climate change and ISIS to the industry's maternity practices and supermarket Christmas campaigns.

Predictions for 2015: A year of pitfalls or possibilities?

Predictions for 2015: A year of pitfalls or possibilities?

What does 2015 have in store for the PR and comms industry? Will any party hold the balance of power following the general election and what impact will the Lobbying Act have on the voluntary sector's ability to communicate with the public? Has SEO come of age in the PR sphere and what opportunities are there within the greater convergence of channels? Is the industry on the brink of diversifying its ranks and will one firm fall victim to a major scandal? We asked some of the brightest brains in the business to give us their predictions for the year ahead. Happy New Year from everyone at PRWeek!

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

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.

Grayling hires ex-Express business editor David Andrews to head new financial services arm

Grayling hires ex-Express business editor David Andrews to head new financial services arm

Grayling has hired former Daily and Sunday Express money and business editor David Andrews to head a new financial services and wealth management division, as it bids to be a "top tier financial services agency".

MHP hires former CIPR boss Jane Wilson to join corporate affairs team

MHP Communications has appointed former CIPR chief executive Jane Wilson as an MD in its corporate affairs team, with Lee Findell also named as a director in the division.

Weber Shandwick's Mary Whenman named Women in PR president

Weber Shandwick's Mary Whenman named Women in PR president

Mary Whenman, MD of corporate, financial & public affairs at Weber Shandwick, has been named the new president of Women in PR, the all-female networking group.

Hanover hires former Daily Express health editor Jo Willey

Hanover hires former Daily Express health editor Jo Willey

Public affairs specialist Hanover Communications has appointed former Daily Express health editor Jo Willey as a senior adviser.