Portland has appointed the director of comms for the UK's Department for International Development as a partner, as well as another new hire to boost the agency's new Brexit Unit.
Former Liberal Democrat senior press officer Debbie Gore and ex-campaign and membership chief Austin Rathe are two key figures supporting MoreUnited.uk, the new group promoting progressive and centrist voices in UK politics, PRWeek has learned.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby has interrupted a press conference to check the progress of a journalist who was playing Pokémon Go.
Three senior former press aides to David Cameron have been named by The Times today among a list of his close allies that the Cabinet Office could reportedly block from receiving honours.
In her inaugural PMQs appearance, Prime Minister Theresa May gave what some commentators described as an "assured" and "competent" performance while Jeremy Corbyn failed to land any serious blows.
PRWeek's editor-in-chief, Danny Rogers, participated in a Lansons podcast to discuss the findings from the 2016 UK RepTrak rankings and the impact of Brexit.
Almost half of PR professionals believe client budgets will be reduced in the next 12 months following the EU referendum result, according to an exclusive PRWeek/PRCA survey.
The EU referendum did not go the way most in the UK PR industry hoped. So, as the resulting uncertainty rolls on, what now for public relations in the UK and Europe?
Theresa May could find that communicating her compassion is a "weak spot", and the new PM must be prepared for her response to a terrorist attack in the south of France last night to be scrutinised tightly, comms experts have argued.
Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street comms and special adviser team began to take shape last night with several key appointments, including head of comms Katie Perrior and PRWeek UK Power Book entrant John Godfrey.
Phil Reilly, Nick Clegg's former head of government comms and his chief speechwriter during the coalition government, has been appointed director of comms for the Lib Dems.
Finsbury partner and former BAA public affairs chief Scott Colvin has been appointed to oversee the London-based agency's public affairs arm, following the departure of longstanding head of public affairs Will Tanner.
The European Commission is undertaking a public consultation to check up on the "fitness" of the current EU consumer and marketing legislation - and the PRCA has warned that UK PRs should keep tabs on the laws despite the impending Brexit.
The movement for Britain to leave the European Union did everything a successful PR campaign should.
"I will miss the roar of the crowd and I will miss the barbs from the opposition... but I will be willing all of you on," David Cameron told the House of Commons at the end of his 147th - and final - appearance at Prime Minister's Questions.
She was the great hope of many pro-Brexit Conservatives, but Andrea Leadsom's disastrous handling of a press interview and its aftermath brought her plan to be the next Tory leader and Prime Minister to a grinding halt.
Out of her depth, error-prone... but far from terminal? PR pros react to Andrea Leadsom 'mothergate' row
Andrea Leadsom's "error-prone" handling of this weekend's 'mothergate' episode has been criticised sharply by PR professionals, although some argue her 'straight talking' approach could be a benefit ahead of the Conservative Party leadership election.
Boris Johnson and media training don't seem like the most obvious words you'd find in the same sentence.
Has there ever been a more tumultuous month in the UK comms business?
There was talk of 'cause fatigue' at Cannes this year, but that doesn't mean the industry should move on - it's simply that purpose has evolved.
Which?'s head of news says that having central objectives for the whole organisation - and its 'fewer clearer louder' strategy - help it maintain a coherent image and gives it a stronger platform to challenge consumer injustices.
It is only three weeks after the EU referendum, but more has happened politically than we might see in three normal years.
Two specialists, from Burson-Marsteller UK and Connect Communications, give their take on (another) eventful 24 hours in British politics.
So, now the Westminster combat is done, Generals Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom move to a new battlefield - the heartlands of the Tory membership.
Conservative MPs have begun the process of electing a new leader. Based on my experience of leadership contests - including one as campaign manager - I think there are some smart steps to take and pitfalls to avoid.
What can campaigners learn from the Brexit referendum battle, where the 'remain' camp got it so very wrong?
The rejected Stronger In posters were dreadful - but honesty is the best policy in EU vote post-mortem
Were you pro-'remain'? I was. Now, we've all got to be straight with ourselves: we failed massively. Monumentally.
Now we are set to leave the EU we need to be practical and ensure any opportunities outweigh the losses we might experience.
The campaign has hired Jason Miller and Michael Abboud in communications roles and digital strategist Vincent Harris.
Donald Trump's campaign may have divided the opinions of people the world over but, if we can separate the politics from PR, there are elements of Team Trump's strategy that serve as a useful lesson to the comms industry.
PRWeek EU Referendum Panel: As the nightmare begins for Gill Morris, the 'remain' supporter and public affairs chief says lessons must be learnt from the EU referendum campaign.
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James Clark, a director at corporate, financial and public affairs agency The Cardew Group, will move into automotive PR in August when he takes a role for Toyota and Lexus in the UK.
Jane Lawrie will join retail giant Tesco on 10 October as group comms director.
In brief: Lewis launches Observa, Sompo appoints Newgate, Westco's Ogilvy partnership and Rayner launches PRInABox.com
Lewis launches analytics service Observa, Japanese insurance firm Sompo appoints Newgate and Máquina Cohn & Wolfe's Vestas victory.
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) will welcome a new director of brand and corporate reputation in October, joining from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
In brief: Michael Murphy joins Interel, Brandnation wins American Golf, John Doe hires, Olaogun launches Walex
Michael Murphy joins Interel, new business for Honda's Olawale Olaogun, John Doe hires Rik Salmon, American Golf tees up Brandnation and more from PRWeek UK.
Robert Hoopes will succeed him as GM of the firm's Washington, D.C. office.