The Cabinet Office today published its regulations for the Lobbying Act's statutory register, including annual fees of around £750.
Lobbying registrar Alison White has confirmed that MPs and peers who accept money to influence ministers will need to register as lobbyists.
The CIPR has asked the new lobbying registrar to clarify whether MPs who act as consultant lobbyists are required to register with her.
Westbourne Communications has hired former Labour Party Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to chair its public affairs practice.
Houston PR has updated its "automatic political jargon removal tool", known as 'Polifiller', ahead of the coming general election.
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.
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PLMR has withdrawn its bid to represent the Durand Academy, blaming "mischievous suggestions" about the transparency of the bid process.
The PRCA has highlighted "limitations" in Scotland's lobbying register proposals.
Lilly UK, the UK arm of the global pharmaceutical company, is seeking a new public affairs agency.
A committee of MSPs has called for the establishment of a Scottish lobbying register, distinct from that planned for the UK.
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.
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.
Following our analysis on whether this will be the first integrated election campaign, we want to hear your views on the debate.
This week, the starting pistol was fired on the 100-day countdown to the general election on 7 May. The field is clear for an extraordinary pitched battle that is both wide open and likely to see the smaller parties, such as UKIP, the Scottish Nationalist Party and the Green Party, take a greater share of the popular vote than at any time in history. But what are the tools that the parties need to win?
UKIP has been the most talked about UK political party on Twitter over the past three months, new research shows.
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.
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 is in danger of being left behind as the party system changes.
I am genuinely convinced, more than ever before, that professional comms people are positioned at the point where businesses and politicians yearn to be.
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?
The campaign to keep Britain in Europe needs to take heed of the Scottish referendum and stay positive.
Any public affairs consultant who wants to further their career needs to think carefully about how to get personally involved in the general election.
My children are avid fans of Peter Pan.
Alex Benady looks at the main parties' general election comms strategies and the race to stay at the forefront of social media.
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.
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.
The PRCA has launched recommendations for great comms in 2015, following an in-depth consultation with the PRCA's senior members and PR Council.
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.
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!
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The Co-op is to undergo 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 learnt.
Tonic Life Communications, part of Huntsworth Health, has made three new hires following the recent appointment of global CEO Mary Smiddy.
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 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.
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.
Public affairs specialist Hanover Communications has appointed former Daily Express health editor Jo Willey as a senior adviser.