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Theresa May's press secretary departs days after comms chief resigns

Theresa May's press secretary departs days after comms chief resigns

Another press aide to Theresa May has departed in the wake of her decision to call a snap general election - and her party's appointment of Lynton Crosby to run its campaign.

Don't use law as 'convenient cloak' to stop staff getting involved in general election

Don't use law as 'convenient cloak' to stop staff getting involved in general election

PR firms should encourage staff to be involved in the general election campaign because it is "a great way to develop skills" - with one public affairs professional arguing that firms should not hide behind laws under which this may sometimes count as a political donation.

Property developer British Land reviewing Quiller-held public affairs account

Property developer British Land reviewing Quiller-held public affairs account

British Land, one of the UK's largest property developers, is reviewing its public affairs account, PRWeek has learned.

PR firms should 'go all in' to embrace election opportunities - but also be wary of blips in business

PR firms should 'go all in' to embrace election opportunities - but also be wary of blips in business

Theresa May's decision to hold a snap general election presents a "huge opportunity" for creative work by consumer PR agencies and their clients - but may also present some with the prospect of a temporary blip, according to agency professionals.

There is no debate - Theresa May is right to reject TV showdowns, comms pros agree

There is no debate - Theresa May is right to reject TV showdowns, comms pros agree

Theresa May's decision not to participate in televised debates ahead of June's snap general election is "strategically sound", political communicators agree - but they are divided on how influential Lynton Crosby will be in the election.

Katie Perrior resigns as Downing Street comms chief after PM announces snap election

Katie Perrior resigns as Downing Street comms chief after PM announces snap election

Katie Perrior, Theresa May's director of comms, today announced her resignation after the Prime Minister called a snap general election.

Portland MD Oliver Pauley leaves to set up new agency

Portland MD Oliver Pauley leaves to set up new agency

Oliver Pauley has resigned from Portland and is to set up his own agency, PRWeek has learned.

Burson-Marsteller UK appointed by Govia and British Sugar for public affairs briefs

Burson-Marsteller UK appointed by Govia and British Sugar for public affairs briefs

Burson-Marsteller's UK public affairs team has been appointed by Govia, which owns the troubled Southern train service, as well as British Sugar, according to the APPC register.

Government gender pay gap rules come into force - and PRCA launches reporting requirement for members

Government gender pay gap rules come into force - and PRCA launches reporting requirement for members

Government regulations that require companies with more than 250 staff to report their gender pay gap came into force today (6 April) - the same day the PRCA launches its own scheme under which members must begin gathering data.

Aaron Sherinian joins Aga Khan Development Network as global comms head

Aaron Sherinian joins Aga Khan Development Network as global comms head

Sherinian is departing the U.N. Foundation on June 1.

In brief: PPS folded into Newgate, new wins for Talker Tailor and davies tanner

PPS brand folded into Newgate, Talker Tailor checks in with St Giles, ICC Wales hires davies tanner, and more from PRWeek UK.

Lobbying register and APPC chair question agencies using 'other' codes of conduct

Lobbying register and APPC chair question agencies using 'other' codes of conduct

The Westminster lobbying regulator has promised to scrutinise agencies declaring compliance to 'other' codes of conduct - while the chair of public affairs body the APPC says he is disappointed the regulator continues to accept such declarations.

Instinctif Partners acquires public affairs consultancy Champollion

Instinctif Partners acquires public affairs consultancy Champollion

Instinctif Partners has acquired London-based public affairs consultancy Champollion to strengthen its public policy offering in the UK.

Five-way battle as EDF consolidates corporate and public affairs briefs

Five-way battle as EDF consolidates corporate and public affairs briefs

EDF Energy is sizing up long-time incumbents Brunswick and MHP, as well as three other agencies as it looks to consolidate two lucrative briefs into a single account, PRWeek has learned.

In brief: ex-Hammond spad joins Newgate, Cow wins Micro Scooters, Mercieca has its Weetabix, energy briefs for FTI

Newgate hires another ex-spad, Cow wins Micro Scooters brief, trio of energy briefs for FTI, Mercieca has its Weetabix as a new client and more from PRWeek UK.

Did the Chancellor drop the ball with NICs u-turn? PR pros give their view

Did the Chancellor drop the ball with NICs u-turn? PR pros give their view

Philip Hammond's embarrassing climb down over National Insurance Contributions has harmed his credibility and shows the government's wariness about angering its own MPs during a critical period, comms pros have told PRWeek.

Headland wins expanded PepsiCo UK brief as client ends FleishmanHillard Fishburn relationship

Headland wins expanded PepsiCo UK brief as client ends FleishmanHillard Fishburn relationship

Headland has won an expanded PepsiCo UK public affairs and corporate PR brief, following the food and drink firm's decision to replace FleishmanHillard Fishburn.

Opinion and features

Flack on Friday: #digitaldetox, sector's irreverent response to election, Arron Banks goes for jugular

Flack on Friday: #digitaldetox, sector's irreverent response to election, Arron Banks goes for jugular

In Flack this week: digital detox rudely disrupted by election, Arron Banks hones his inner Trump, and PR footy fun.

'The social (media) party will win' - why are big comms agencies in France staying out of the presidential elections?

'The social (media) party will win' - why are big comms agencies in France staying out of the presidential elections?

For a long time in France, major communication agencies loved to display their support to presidential candidates. All the key industry names used to commit to our political wannabes.

To be nice or not to be nice? That is the question

To be nice or not to be nice? That is the question

If you ever find yourself in a meeting with ad guys, policy wonks, media buyers and, of course, PR consultants, wait until the client cracks a joke. In fact, wait until the client says anything remotely amusing.

Are you ready for Brexit? It's time to get your head out of the sand

Are you ready for Brexit? It's time to get your head out of the sand

When I woke up at 4.30am on 23 June 2016 I was stunned to learn that the UK was well on the way to voting to leave the European Union.

The devolution agenda calls for a new approach to public sector comms and lobbying

The devolution agenda calls for a new approach to public sector comms and lobbying

Politics is changing, which means that the way we think about and "do" public affairs needs to change, too.

Why PR needs planners - and what we still have to learn from ad agencies

Why PR needs planners - and what we still have to learn from ad agencies

Once upon a time, PR agencies didn't see the need for planners: whereas ad agencies employed them to ground their creative ideas in genuine insights about their audience, the PR industry took a different route.

Industry Voice: The PR industry wants to be held to the most rigorous professional expectations

Industry Voice: The PR industry wants to be held to the most rigorous professional expectations

I have always been struck by the fact that the PR and comms industry is our fiercest driver in demanding higher and higher standards.

Consultancy pitching is sometimes like the proverbial cobbler's children

Consultancy pitching is sometimes like the proverbial cobbler's children

Consultancy pitching is sometimes like the proverbial cobbler's children - all too often comms agencies fail to communicate effectively to the prospect.

Mental Wealth: Spring clean your mental health with these five tips

Mental Wealth: Spring clean your mental health with these five tips

Spring cleaning is not just a good exercise for your home, it can also be a useful tool for maintaining your mental health

Brexit opens the door to a policy 'Narnia' where all things are possible

Brexit opens the door to a policy 'Narnia' where all things are possible

A global Britain will need global public affairs. This is the time for the UK industry to broaden its horizons and help clients embrace new opportunities

Corporates find their voice on diversity in the age of Trump

Corporates find their voice on diversity in the age of Trump

The Trump era should help end 'diversity fatigue' and be the catalyst for value-driven corporate communication.

Press reacts to White House barring news outlets from briefing

Press reacts to White House barring news outlets from briefing

Several prominent news organizations were blocked from a press briefing with Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon.

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

Do you send unsolicited emails to journalists? You could have a big problem

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not a subject that will get hearts racing, but the PR industry had better take notice.

Do you speak human? The best corporate comms in the post-truth world will be B2H

Do you speak human? The best corporate comms in the post-truth world will be B2H

In this period of political and societal turbulence, the only certainty is uncertainty - that's where 'business to human' communications comes in.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Ketchum global corporate lead Rod Cartwright to leave firm

Ketchum global corporate lead Rod Cartwright to leave firm

Rod Cartwright, who has lead Ketchum's global corporate practice from its London office for nearly six years, is leaving the firm next month.

Burson-Marsteller's big reshuffle continues as it names new EMEA CEO

Burson-Marsteller's big reshuffle continues as it names new EMEA CEO

Latin America boss Ramiro Prudencio has been named CEO of the EMEA region at Burson-Marsteller as the reshuffle of executives at the top 10 global agency continues.

In brief: Incisive Health hires, Pagefield wins Museum of London work, Highland Marketing allies for health IT work

In brief: Incisive Health hires, Pagefield wins Museum of London work, Highland Marketing allies for health IT work

New director at Incisive Health, Pagefield put in the Museum of London, Highland Marketing makes move for health IT and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: new briefs for Skout and W, further advisers join Pagefield, Bethell second in peerage vote

Dreamland Margate picks W, Skout hired by pan-Europe b2b brief, new advisers join Pagefield, Bethell second in race for Lords seat and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: London Film School hires comms head, wins for Spark and Threepipe

London Film School hires comms chief, Spark Communications wins database firm Couchbase, Threepipe in the mix with launch for Lucozade Ribena Suntory and more from PRWeek UK.

Burson-Marsteller EMEA CEO Jeremy Galbraith to leave agency after 22 years

Burson-Marsteller EMEA CEO Jeremy Galbraith to leave agency after 22 years

Jeremy Galbraith has stepped down as Burson-Marsteller EMEA chief executive after 22 years at the agency.