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Transparency row over Tory MP's role with lobbying agency

Transparency row over Tory MP's role with lobbying agency

The former Liberal Democrat leader of Kingston Council, Liz Green, and her Conservative successor Kevin Davis are in a war of words over the transparency of local government lobbying agency Cratus' relationship with Tory MP Bob Neill.

Burson-Marsteller to represent Islamist party in Tunisia ahead of elections

Burson-Marsteller has been hired by the Ennahda party in Tunisia, a moderate Islamist political movement.

Portland linked to site attacking critics of client Qatar's World Cup

Portland linked to site attacking critics of client Qatar's World Cup

Portland has admitted its digital team helped set up a blog that has attacked critics of the Qatar World Cup but has insisted it does not run the site and it is not part of its work for the Government of Qatar.

PLMR snaps up Oliver Lane from Department for Education

PLMR snaps up Oliver Lane from Department for Education

Political Lobbying and Media Relations (PLMR) has hired Oliver Lane from the Department for Education (DfE) as an account director in Westminster.

Kate and Wills comms secretary joins Portland

Kate and Wills comms secretary joins Portland

Ed Perkins, the comms secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is joining Portland next month as a senior adviser.

Bell Pottinger hires former diplomat Mark Canning to boost growth in Asia

Bell Pottinger hires former diplomat Mark Canning to boost growth in Asia

Bell Pottinger has recruited a former British diplomat, Mark Canning, in Asia to help expand the company's client base in the region.

Channel 4 announces Paxman to anchor 2015 general election night

Channel 4 announces Paxman to anchor 2015 general election night

Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman will cover the 2015 general election results night for Channel 4.

MHP takes on MoneySuperMarket public affairs work

Price comparison website MoneySuperMarket has appointed MHP Communications to handle its public affairs following a competitive pitch.

Conservative Party loses deputy comms chief to Barratt

Conservative Party loses deputy comms chief to Barratt

The Tory Party has moved to hire the Transport Secretary's special adviser Ben Mascall as deputy director of communications to replace Tim Collins, who is joining the housebuilder Barratt.

Former Whitehouse Consultancy director returns as MD

Former Whitehouse Consultancy director returns as MD

The former director of The Whitehouse Consultancy, Helen Munro, is returning after eight years to take up the role of managing director.

Weber Shandwick boosts public affairs team with Wendy Mitchell hire

Weber Shandwick boosts public affairs team with Wendy Mitchell hire

Weber Shandwick has hired Wendy Mitchell, former deputy CEO of the Charity Retail Association, to join its public affairs team in London as Tamora Langley steps up to become acting head of public affairs.

Lobbying Act proposals show "disregard for expert views" says NUJ PR & Comms council chair

Lobbying Act proposals show "disregard for expert views" says NUJ PR & Comms council chair

Members of the PR & Comms council at the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) voted on Friday to condemn the proposals set out by the Government regarding the Lobbying Act.

Westbourne sets up cities practice to capitalise on more local spending

Westbourne sets up cities practice to capitalise on more local spending

Westbourne Communications has launched a cities practice to help comms professionals take advantage of £2bn of spending that has been diverted from central government control to Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Ex-Times Educational Supplement editor launches education PR consultancy

Ex-Times Educational Supplement editor launches education PR consultancy

Former TES editor Gerard Kelly has launched a specialist education PR consultancy, called Gerard Kelly & Partners (GKP).

Labour Party conference: policy pledge for the Grass Roots which has business twitching

Labour Party conference: policy pledge for the Grass Roots which has business twitching

Political Lobbying and Media Relations MD, Kevin Craig has put himself on the frontline of the Labour Party conference, Sunday 21 September.

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Stephanie Lvovich, most recently global chair of the food and consumer products practice at APCO Worldwide, was named global chair of Edelman's public affairs practice. She starts next month.

Government's stance on lobbying labelled "flawed" as Alison White gets the nod

Government's stance on lobbying labelled "flawed" as Alison White gets the nod

A key parliamentary committee has taken a swipe at the Government as it approves the choice of former Royal Mail commercial director Alison White to oversee the lobbying register.

Opinion and features

Dispatch from the Tory conference: Osborne challenges NIMBYs and tech companies

Dispatch from the Tory conference: Osborne challenges NIMBYs and tech companies

Despite a tricky start to conference with poor polling, Mark Reckless' defection and the Sunday Mirror's sting involving Brooks Newmark, the feel at conference is one of bullishness.

Dispatch from UKIP conference: Time for business to connect

Dispatch from UKIP conference: Time for business to connect

The weekend's bombshells for the Conservative Party conference have set alight the debate over the future direction of that party's policy.

Dispatch from Labour Conference: Ed Miliband speech - not his best but good enough

Dispatch from Labour Conference: Ed Miliband speech - not his best but good enough

Reception of the speeches of leaders at party conferences is always different according to whether one was in the room or watching on television.

Dispatch from Labour Conference: A tale of two Eds

Dispatch from Labour Conference: A tale of two Eds

Yesterday I saw Ed Balls deliver a well crafted speech that was on the whole well received (a few brief boos on retirement age rising), being high in content albeit delivered in a fairly low-key manner by his standards.

Dispatch from Labour Conference: It's (still) the economy, stupid

Dispatch from Labour Conference: It's (still) the economy, stupid

This morning the Midland Hotel is full of leading figures from the UK's PR and Public Affairs community busily preparing for the day ahead.

Lose the wingman

Lose the wingman

All PR people love working a room, right? Not always. Talk Talk's PR manager Clara Biu shares what she has learnt about how to become a more active networker (and even enjoy it).

Political party tie-ups set to continue amid uncertainty of public opinion

Political party tie-ups set to continue amid uncertainty of public opinion

General election polling suggests the era of coalitions and political uncertainty will be with us a while longer.

The problem with climate change? It doesn't exist

The problem with climate change? It doesn't exist

The public's obsession with climate change, a common feature during much of the 1980s and 1990s, has been waning rapidly.

A compelling climate change narrative to defeat the doubters

A compelling climate change narrative to defeat the doubters

We're not failing to communicate climate change; we're failing to communicate what to do about it and to get people to buy into the necessary radical action.

The Scottish Referendum: Has the Yes vote peaked too soon?

The Scottish Referendum: Has the Yes vote peaked too soon?

"Union on a knife edge" cried the Daily Mail at the end of August as its opinion poll showed just six points between a No vote at 53 per cent and Yes at 47 per cent.

Birth of a new body

Birth of a new body

This week the CIPR introduces a new package of measures helping PR women navigate maternity leave. Board member and chair of the Professional Practices Committe Sarah Hall explains why this is so important.

BuzzFeed analysis pegs Clinton press secretaries as most evasive

BuzzFeed analysis pegs Clinton press secretaries as most evasive

Press secretaries during President Bill Clinton's administration used more evasive language than any other White House chief communicator since 1993, according to a BuzzFeed analysis.

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

Do Huntsworth and Engine Group intend to merge?

As Huntsworth's half-year results were looming last week, and as the share price continued to flatline, one suspected the group would pull yet another rabbit from its top hat; few predicted that rabbit would be Lord Chadlington himself.

How the White House used social alongside traditional media to announce action in Iraq

How the White House used social alongside traditional media to announce action in Iraq

The major cable news networks picked up President Obama's 9 pm statement from the White House on new action in Iraq, but the Obama administration also used the full range of social media tools to get its message across.

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Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Advertising body ISBA appoints Helen Nassey as comms lead

Advertising body ISBA appoints Helen Nassey as comms lead

Helen Nassey has been hired by ISBA, the representative body for British advertisers, to lead comms for the organisation.

Aspect Consulting snaps up Edelman's Bas Batelaan

Aspect Consulting snaps up Edelman's Bas Batelaan

Former Edelman Brussels director and climate change specialist Bas Batelaan has been hired by Aspect Consulting.

Cabinet Office names Alison White preferred candidate for lobbying registrar

The Cabinet Office has revealed former Royal Mail commercial director Alison White as its preferred candidate to oversee the introduction of a statutory register of lobbyists.

Hume Brophy snaps up FTI's Simon Elliott to lead international expansion

FTI MD Simon Elliott has been hired by Hume Brophy to lead its new international corporate practice.

PA journalist Martha Linden joins Church of England comms team

PA journalist Martha Linden joins Church of England comms team

The Church of England has hired Martha Linden as senior media officer after 16 years with the Press Association.

Jonathan Oates to head up comms for MAG's four airports

Jonathan Oates to head up comms for MAG's four airports

Jonathan Oates has joined Manchester Airports Group as director of external comms.