Six more industry professionals are running as parliamentary candidates in the general election, PRWeek has learned.
On Thursday, two courts ruled that Whitehall cannot use exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act to protect ministerial diaries from public scrutiny.
Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.
WPP has reported a 1.2 per cent rise in like-for-like sales in its PR and public affairs group in the first quarter of 2015, with growth in all regions except the UK and continental Europe. Net sales in the division grew 1.6 per cent.
Weber Shandwick has hired political consultant and strategist David Skelton to lead its UK public affairs offering.
Bell Pottinger has launched a social media dashboard, which aims to offer daily insight into the general election campaign.
Politicians should rethink outdated campaigning techniques such as billboard advertising, according to a new 'Election Engagement Index' from Weber Shandwick and Research Now.
The Conservative Party's 'Big Society' mantra came out on top after Houston PR ran all available party manifestos through its 'automated political cliché removal tool'.
Research by Golin, in association with the polling organisation Toluna, found that a third of the British electorate trust candidates less when they lapse into buzzwords and "politician-speak".
Labour's plan to end long-term unpaid internships if it wins the election has been welcomed by the PRCA.
Only seven out of 19 European countries have measures in place to regulate lobbying, according to a comprehensive report by Transparency International (TI).
Camelot, the operator of The National Lottery, is to hold a competitive pitch for its public affairs representation.
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".
Clinton launched her 2016 campaign on Sunday with a video and a tweet.
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.
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.
The country acknowledged it has "suffered serious blows to its tourist industry and global reputation over the past 18 months."
When I read the PR Week/PRCA survey on Mental Wellbeing, I did so with a sense of relief.
The historian Simon Schama said in The Guardian recently that we have become the "look down" generation.
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.
Gosh, what a load of hand-wringing fuss about Robert Phillips' book Trust Me, PR is Dead.
Trust is earned when reputation becomes central to every business decision, but it is a job that requires constant refinement and evolution.
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.
Like many Western elections, campaign conversation in Nigeria has moved to Twitter - but with some very big differences.
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.
It has been a fortnight of contrasting fortunes for the UK's two biggest 'sin' industries.
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 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.
Claire Murphy catches up with PRWeek's Mentoring Project to see how it has helped both the mentors and mentees' careers.
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.
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.
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Former director of media at Barclays Bank, Giles Croot, has moved to Balfour Beatty to head up its comms and investor relations team, PRWeek has learned.
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.
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.
Bellenden has hired William Hague's former special adviser Chris White to join the senior management team at its public affairs arm.
Westbourne Communications has boosted its European operations by hiring two European Union experts and opening an office in Brussels.
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.