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Labour pledges to end "scandalous" long-term unpaid internships

Labour pledges to end "scandalous" long-term unpaid internships

Labour's plan to end long-term unpaid internships if it wins the election has been welcomed by the PRCA.

UK among seven out of 19 EU nations to regulate lobbying, says anti-corruption watchdog

UK among seven out of 19 EU nations to regulate lobbying, says anti-corruption watchdog

Only seven out of 19 European countries have measures in place to regulate lobbying, according to a comprehensive report by Transparency International (TI).

Labour's pledge to abolish Lobbying Act garners industry and charity support

Labour's pledge to abolish Lobbying Act garners industry and charity support

Labour's general election manifesto, published yesterday, reiterated the party's commitment to repeal the Lobbying Act and "replace it with a tougher statutory register of lobbyists".

Camelot holds competitive pitch for public affairs brief

Camelot holds competitive pitch for public affairs brief

Camelot, the operator of The National Lottery, is to hold a competitive pitch for its public affairs representation.

How Google and Coca-Cola execs are helping to build Brand Hillary

How Google and Coca-Cola execs are helping to build Brand Hillary

Clinton launched her 2016 campaign on Sunday with a video and a tweet.

Number of organisations signed up to lobbying register reaches 46

Number of organisations signed up to lobbying register reaches 46

The number of organisations to join the lobbying register since it launched a fortnight ago has reached 46, with recent additions including Burson-Marsteller, Westbourne and Bellenden.

Support for Ed Miliband rises as #nondom trends on Twitter

Support for Ed Miliband rises as #nondom trends on Twitter

Labour leader Ed Miliband's plan to scrap the non-domicile tax status has received widespread support on social media, generating 20,000 conversations with the hashtag #nondom used 4,000 times.

Kenya picks Grayling to resurrect tourism numbers

Kenya picks Grayling to resurrect tourism numbers

The country acknowledged it has "suffered serious blows to its tourist industry and global reputation over the past 18 months."

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

It is already received wisdom that the general election result is too close to call, with a host of smaller parties entering the fray and creating havoc for the calculations of the main contenders. But in the end, only David Cameron or Ed Miliband can realistically become Prime Minister and, while the UK electorate votes for parties rather than prime ministers, some argue that personalities will have the largest effect on which party the electorate votes for. On the eve of the hotly anticipated seven-way debate between the party leaders, PRWeek looks at a month in the comms strategies of Cameron and Miliband, how they resonate with voters and, crucially, what they should do next.

Boxed Out PR MD launches FlowAid campaign for homelesss women

Boxed Out PR MD launches FlowAid campaign for homelesss women

Hayley Smith, MD of Boxed Out PR, has launched FlowAid, a campaign to make sanitary products free for all homeless women in the UK.

Bell Pottinger, FleishmanHillard and Good Relations sign up to intern campaign

Bell Pottinger, FleishmanHillard and Good Relations sign up to intern campaign

Bell Pottinger, FleishmanHillard and Good Relations are the latest agencies to commit to paying interns the national minimum wage, by signing up to the PRCA and PRWeek intern campaign.

House Lannister appoints Reyne Communications for reputational brief

House Lannister appoints Reyne Communications for reputational brief

House Lannister has appointed Reyne Communications following a five-way pitched-battle.

Portland hires head of digital comms at No 10 Anthony Simon

Portland hires head of digital comms at No 10 Anthony Simon

Portland has appointed Anthony Simon, who heads up digital comms at the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office, to join the agency's international team.

SNP MP Pete Wishart named 'Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year'

SNP MP Pete Wishart named 'Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year'

The 2015 Political Twitter Awards have named SNP MP Pete Wishart 'Parliamentary Tweeter of the Year', beating Respect MP George Galloway who came second and Green MP Caroline Lucas, who came third.

Lobbying register launched along with publicly accessible link to registrants

Lobbying register launched along with publicly accessible link to registrants

Just over a year after the Lobbying Act became law, the statutory register of consultant lobbyists was launched this morning at 9am.

Labour has biggest share of support on social media

Labour has biggest share of support on social media

Labour has a 35 per cent share of the voice on social media across all key election topics, according to a study by social analytics firm Crimson Hexagon.

Paul Adamson joins King's College London as visiting professor

Paul Adamson joins King's College London as visiting professor

The Policy Institute at King's College London has appointed Paul Adamson as a visiting professor.

Opinion and features

Showcase: The Office for Estimation

Showcase: The Office for Estimation

Smart Energy GB, an independent organisation promoting the use of smart meters, teamed up with Third City, ad agency AMV, PHD and the Daily Mirror to launch an April Fool's campaign to highlight their benefits when it comes to utility bills.

No, no, trust me: the purpose of PR is dead

No, no, trust me: the purpose of PR is dead

Gosh, what a load of hand-wringing fuss about Robert Phillips' book Trust Me, PR is Dead.

How and why to campaign on your organisation's reputation

How and why to campaign on your organisation's reputation

Trust is earned when reputation becomes central to every business decision, but it is a job that requires constant refinement and evolution.

Under the influence

A sure fire way to a strong public profile is being recognised as influential. I've been thinking a lot about the nature of influence lately, mostly through my involvement in putting together a list of the 50 most influential people when it comes to higher education policy.

Inside Nigeria's Twitter election

Inside Nigeria's Twitter election

Like many Western elections, campaign conversation in Nigeria has moved to Twitter - but with some very big differences.

Five devices politicians use to build a winning sound bite

Five devices politicians use to build a winning sound bite

With the general election drawing ever closer, politicians are bombarding the public with speeches on TV, radio, in town halls, on buses and - in the case of Nigel Farage - even in pubs. They are all searching for the killer sound bite that will deliver them victory like Bill Clinton's devastating "it's the economy, stupid" used in the 1992 US presidential campaign. Here are five rhetorical devices politicians will attempt to combine for the sound bite that could win them the election.

A mixed bag for booze and fags

A mixed bag for booze and fags

It has been a fortnight of contrasting fortunes for the UK's two biggest 'sin' industries.

Osborne's sixth Budget defines both him and David Cameron's premiership

Osborne's sixth Budget defines both him and David Cameron's premiership

Budgets come and Budgets go - but this one is significantly different. It is a moment of definition for Chancellor George Osborne, its architect. And his sixth Budget also defines the future of David Cameron's premiership.

TTIP may be a good deal but its supporters need to communicate it more effectively

TTIP may be a good deal but its supporters need to communicate it more effectively

TTIP is not your typical free trade agreement. To be more precise, as one of the primary goals of the agreement is to address a range of regulatory issues between the two blocs, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently being discussed by the US and the European Union is not an entirely traditional free trade agreement.

PRWeek's Mentoring Project: The benefit of experience

PRWeek's Mentoring Project: The benefit of experience

Claire Murphy catches up with PRWeek's Mentoring Project to see how it has helped both the mentors and mentees' careers.

Jacqui Smith: 'I haven't left politics, I've left Parliament'

Jacqui Smith: 'I haven't left politics, I've left Parliament'

In 1997 Jacqui Smith entered Parliament as one of 'Blair's babes' on the back of an all-women shortlist. By 2007 she had become the first female Home Secretary and for two years was the most powerful woman in British politics. But she lost her Redditch seat in the wake of the MPs' expenses scandal. Now she is back as chair of Westbourne Communications' public affairs practice. She discusses politics, PR and passion with Anna Reynolds.

No cracks yet in the glass ceiling

No cracks yet in the glass ceiling

Although the Equal Pay Act was first introduced in 1970, women's salaries in PR still lag well behind that of their male counterparts, particularly at senior level and for those aged over 40.

Six tips for politicians on how to avoid election howlers

Six tips for politicians on how to avoid election howlers

The challenge is on to stick to the manifesto script and for campaigners to watch what they eat - and tweet.

Public bodies must lead the way in promoting women

Public bodies must lead the way in promoting women

Boardroom quotas imposed by the Government could give women a chance to change the industry for the better.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Cohn & Wolfe promotes Andrew Escott to head global corporate practice

Cohn & Wolfe promotes Andrew Escott to head global corporate practice

Cohn & Wolfe (C&W) has announced a reshuffle to its senior corporate team, with UK corporate MD Andrew Escott appointed to head the agency's global corporate practice.

Flybe comms director Andrew McConnell leaves after one year in role

Flybe comms director Andrew McConnell leaves after one year in role

Andrew McConnell has left his role as director of communications and public affairs at regional airline group Flybe, a year after he was hired from easyJet to turn the company around.

William Hague's former adviser Chris White joins Bellenden

William Hague's former adviser Chris White joins Bellenden

Bellenden has hired William Hague's former special adviser Chris White to join the senior management team at its public affairs arm.

Westbourne Communications opens Brussels office and makes two hires

Westbourne Communications opens Brussels office and makes two hires

Westbourne Communications has boosted its European operations by hiring two European Union experts and opening an office in Brussels.

Three restructures corporate comms amid senior departures

Three restructures corporate comms amid senior departures

Mobile phone group Three has made major changes to its PR structure, with the corporate comms team now reporting to director of legal for marketing, consumer and sales following the departure of director of corporate affairs Hugh Davies and head of corporate comms Guy Middleton.

GE's Gary Sheffer to step down

GE's Gary Sheffer to step down

He will be replaced by Deirdre Latour, senior director of external communications.