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Listen: PR 'drags off' new Lib Dem Richmond MP Sarah Olney during Talk Radio interview

Listen: PR 'drags off' new Lib Dem Richmond MP Sarah Olney during Talk Radio interview

An interview with Richmond's new Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer was halted by a member of her press team following questions about the EU Referendum and democracy.

Watch: Video for anti-hate crime campaign #BetterThanThat gets cross-party and celebrity support

Watch: Video for anti-hate crime campaign #BetterThanThat gets cross-party and celebrity support

APCO worked with the Polish Cultural Institute for the #BetterThanThat national anti-hate crime campaign, which included support from senior politicians including Theresa May, high-profile sports stars and several NGOs and community groups.

Brexit, Blair and Balls to the fore and the cyber-mafia: Predictions for 2017 from Edelman's Crystal Ball

Brexit, Blair and Balls to the fore and the cyber-mafia: Predictions for 2017 from Edelman's Crystal Ball

Rising prices and Brexit uncertainty, the political significance of 'Strictly' and the cyber-mafia were among predictions for 2017 made by an all-female panel chaired by Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark, at Edelman's Crystal Ball yesterday (1 December).

PRCA launches enquiry into why political polling is now so wide of the mark

PRCA launches enquiry into why political polling is now so wide of the mark

The PRCA has launched an enquiry into political polling and predictions to assess why these industries got the result wrong after recent election results in the US and the UK.

Scrapping of Autumn Statement signals return to 'pre-Blair comms' for Government

Scrapping of Autumn Statement signals return to 'pre-Blair comms' for Government

Yesterday's announcement that the Treasury will no longer deliver an Autumn Statement may be a sign of a more formal, even Thatcherite way of Government communication - or it may just be that the Chancellor has no desire to give himself a platform.

Autumn Statement: Business should communicate its 'red lines' to the Government now

Autumn Statement: Business should communicate its 'red lines' to the Government now

Three issues are critical to any engagement: understanding the Brexit process; ensuring Government knows your business red lines; and recognising that domestic policy still continues.

Ex-Downing Street broadcast chief Caroline Preston joins comms agency Stonehaven

Ex-Downing Street broadcast chief Caroline Preston joins comms agency Stonehaven

Caroline Preston, former head of broadcasting for David Cameron at Number 10, has joined Stonehaven, the comms agency founded by Peter Lyburn, a former associate of Sir Lynton Crosby.

'Master of Twitter' Donald Trump shows up Downing Street's comms weakness

'Master of Twitter' Donald Trump shows up Downing Street's comms weakness

Donald Trump's suggestion that his ally Nigel Farage should become the UK's ambassador to the US shows up a weakness of PM Theresa May's comms team, according to political comms experts.

PM delivers mixed messages over public confidence at CBI conference

PM delivers mixed messages over public confidence at CBI conference

Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry conference yesterday (21 November), the Prime Minister delivered mixed messages on how business and government must build public confidence - and did not explain in any detail what Brexit will actually mean.

Hilton books Katie Beirne Fallon as global head of corporate affairs

Hilton books Katie Beirne Fallon as global head of corporate affairs

The former Obama aide will fill the top comms role at the hospitality giant amid its plans to split its business.

PRCA welcomes Lords' rejection of new statutory code of conduct for lobbying

PRCA welcomes Lords' rejection of new statutory code of conduct for lobbying

The PRCA has welcomed peers' rejection of the potential creation of a new statutory code of conduct for lobbyists, saying that the existing set of voluntary codes are "more appropriate and flexible".

In brief: Headland's new offer, Dentons creates public affairs network, Aspectus

Headland joins with Deloitte partner for risk offer, Dentons to launch public affairs network, Aspectus to rep Swiss fintech body and more from PRWeek UK.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Brexit, Brexit, Brexit

PMQs Twitter round-up: Brexit, Brexit, Brexit

It was fractious session of PMQs in which a confident Jeremy Corbyn exposed the Government's difficulties over Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May appeared under pressure and Speaker John Bercow was forced to bellow at the Chamber to restore order.

MHP handed Adobe corporate affairs brief for UK

MHP handed Adobe corporate affairs brief for UK

Integrated communications agency MHP has been appointed by computer software firm Adobe to handle its corporate affairs in the UK, PRWeek has learned.

National Grid brings in new UK corporate affairs chief from drug giant Lilly

Thom Thorp will join the National Grid on 9 January as its new UK corporate affairs director after nearly a decade at global pharmaceuticals company Lilly.

Trump's victory: The night a machine predicted humans better than the humans

Trump's victory: The night a machine predicted humans better than the humans

Havas built an AI tool for ITV News that predicted Donald Trump would win the U.S. election. The machine wasn't affected by political bias.

Change and authenticity: The messages that won over American voters

Change and authenticity: The messages that won over American voters

How did Donald Trump pull off the biggest upset in recent electoral history? A mix of change, authenticity, and social media.

Opinion and features

PR and comms face the perfect verbal storm

PR and comms face the perfect verbal storm

Leave and Trump campaigns can herald a new verbal dawn for communications, at the expense of 'arrogant network agencies' and their visual bias.

Protecting your pitch: to NDA or not to NDA?

Protecting your pitch: to NDA or not to NDA?

So, you've got an opportunity to pitch to a new client and, after a fruitful brainstorming session with your team, you've got it: The concept that's got 'winning pitch' written all over it.

Pitch Witch: PR agencies must re-engineer their offer now or face extinction

Pitch Witch: PR agencies must re-engineer their offer now or face extinction

The survival of PR consultancies will be decided by their ability to re-engineer themselves to provide flexible services that clients want.

Social anxiety: How to manage digital channels in a crisis

Social anxiety: How to manage digital channels in a crisis

In 2017 it is estimated that 2.2 billion people will own a smartphone and, as the world becomes more social, user-generated content will continue to drive the pace of crisis communications.

Public Affairs: Lobbying the Government must now be seen through the prism of Brexit

Public Affairs: Lobbying the Government must now be seen through the prism of Brexit

Brexit has overtaken the economy as the Government's top priority and public affairs practitioners must act fast to make their voices heard

Trump voters have delivered a stunning body blow to the political establishment

Trump voters have delivered a stunning body blow to the political establishment

In the first iteration of this analysis, I spoke in an exhausted voice on the length of this campaign, the divisive nature of the rhetoric and the overwhelming sense of relief that the long, strange cartoon was finally over.

How 9 brands are taking part in the Mannequin Challenge

How 9 brands are taking part in the Mannequin Challenge

Even Hillary Clinton found time on the morning of Election Day to pose for a Mannequin Challenge video, with a get-out-the-vote message, of course.

They're with her: PR execs predict a resounding Clinton victory

They're with her: PR execs predict a resounding Clinton victory

Communications pros reached in an informal survey by PRWeek overwhelmingly predicted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make history on Tuesday and become the first woman elected president of the United States.

Airports campaign shows the power (and limits) of PR

Airports campaign shows the power (and limits) of PR

There have been few bigger PR battles in recent years than the Heathrow v Gatwick face-off that came to a conclusion this week with the Government's decision to support a third runway at the west London airport.

WikiLeaks reveals Teneo's fundraising ties to Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton

WikiLeaks reveals Teneo's fundraising ties to Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton

Teneo president and co-founder Douglas Band has been raising money from the firm's clients for the Clinton Foundation and President Bill Clinton.

Brexit demands a new era of political dialogue and PR can learn from it

Brexit demands a new era of political dialogue and PR can learn from it

It's not just Parliament that needs to be at its best during Brexit, but the PR industry, too.

The Legacy of @POTUS - Obama has changed digital campaigning for ever

The Legacy of @POTUS - Obama has changed digital campaigning for ever

The end of a presidency is a time for reflection on legacies and Barack Obama's Presidency has spanned the era when digital communications grew up.

100 Days of May: Messages playing well with public but internal conflict always at hand

100 Days of May: Messages playing well with public but internal conflict always at hand

Theresa May's premiership is 100 days old on Saturday and numbers can sum up this initial period aptly.

PRWeek UK Awards Winners 2016: Public Affairs

PRWeek UK Awards Winners 2016: Public Affairs

The campaign by the Trades Union Congress against the Trade Union Bill tackled stereotypes, mobilised MPs and, ultimately, proved its worth by contributing to the amendment of the planned legislation.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

In brief: CCgroup wins Mitek, Dole hires Threepipe, Aquila appoints Red Lorry Yellow Lorry

CCgroup handed UK PR brief by Mitek, Threepipe to launch new Dole product range, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry wins Aquila, PRCA members elect new vice chair, and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Houston briefed by Johnson Matthey, British Academy hires comms chief

Houston briefed by Johnson Matthey, British Academy hires comms chief, Positive Marketing partners with US firm and more from PRWeek UK.

Aviva hires former Facebook and Google corporate comms chief in global role

Aviva hires former Facebook and Google corporate comms chief in global role

Insurance provider Aviva has brought in former Facebook and Google comms chief Stefano Hesse as its new global digital communications director.

Teneo UK founder Beck to join Nationwide and aid new CEO's strategic rethink

Teneo UK founder Beck to join Nationwide and aid new CEO's strategic rethink

Richard Beck, who founded Teneo's UK business, is to become the most senior comms professional at Nationwide Building Society, as new CEO Joe Garner looks to stamp his mark on the business.

CBI hires former HSBC PR chief - as its comms head moves in the other direction

CBI hires former HSBC PR chief - as its comms head moves in the other direction

Charles Naylor, who has held comms leadership roles at HSBC, Credit Suisse and Centrica, will join business group the CBI later this month as director of corporate comms, at the same time Mark Hadley leaves the organisation to move to HSBC.

In brief: Alfred hires ex-Grayling CEO, LGBT+ accolade for Cicero boss Anderson, Mason Williams wins Mersey Ferries

In brief: Alfred hires ex-Grayling CEO, LGBT+ accolade for Cicero boss Anderson, Mason Williams wins Mersey Ferries

Alfred hires former Grayling CEO Michael Murphy as non-executive director, Cicero executive chairman named top LGBT+ executive, ferries win for Mason Williams and more from PRWeek UK.