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Digital Democracy Commission adopts key PRCA recommendations for final report

Digital Democracy Commission adopts key PRCA recommendations for final report

Parliamentarians from the Digital Democracy Commission have adopted suggestions by PRCA members as "key targets" in their final report.

Green Party mocks male-dominated debates with new campaign poster

Green Party mocks male-dominated debates with new campaign poster

The Green Party has released a campaign poster that mocks the four male party leaders who could take part in the general election debates.

Scout Association director of comms promoted to chief executive of carers charity

Scout Association director of comms promoted to chief executive of carers charity

Gail Scott-Spicer, the director of comms for The Scout Association, has been appointed chief executive of the Carers Trust.

Edelman appoints Ryan Heath as it bolsters UK public affairs arm

Edelman has appointed Ryan Heath, former speechwriter to European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and media adviser to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, to its UK public affairs team as it bolsters the division.

How can British Islam overturn the upsurge in negative sentiment towards it?

How can British Islam overturn the upsurge in negative sentiment towards it?

It could be argued that it has never been more important for the representatives of Islam in the UK to communicate the religion's true purpose to both Muslims and non-Muslims, against a backdrop of negative media coverage and a hostile public using social media to criticise it. Three leading figures from the Islamic community in the UK have spoken to PRWeek about the comms challenge of how to improve the reputation of the religion.

Nigel Farage is top tweeter among senior UK politicians, says Talkwalker report

Nigel Farage is top tweeter among senior UK politicians, says Talkwalker report

The UK's top political leaders are far more active on social media than the leaders of the UK's top listed companies, says new research that found Nigel Farage is by far the most active high-profile UK politician on Twitter.

Conservatives to outspend Labour three to one on general election campaign

Conservatives to outspend Labour three to one on general election campaign

The Conservatives are to spend up to three times more than the Labour Party on their general election campaign, as Labour focuses more on direct engagement with the public, according to Labour's election co-ordinator Douglas Alexander.

Portland's former royal comms chief Ed Perkins recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours

Portland's former royal comms chief Ed Perkins recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours

Ed Perkins, the former comms secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who recently joined Portland as a senior adviser, has been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

Blue Rubicon to work with Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Blue Rubicon to work with Cystic Fibrosis Trust

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has asked Blue Rubicon to help it launch a new project to help transform the care of people who suffer from the condition.

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts, breastfeeding and immigrants on the M4: Lambert has a job on his hands with UKIP's comms role

Sluts not cleaning behind fridges, women breastfeeding in the corner and immigrants clogging up the M4. Every time Nigel Farage or members of his party make such statements, the 'Metropolitan elite' they deride throws up its hands in horror with a look of disbelief. But what sounds like a gaffe to some is music to the ears of UKIP's supporters and plays straight into the anti-politics 'everyman' image of Farage and his party. So why has UKIP chosen this moment to up its game with the appointment of BBC veteran Paul Lambert as director of communications?

Claremont to deliver comms for pan-European project led by Design Council

Claremont to deliver comms for pan-European project led by Design Council

Claremont Social Communications has been appointed by the Design Council to promote a pan-European programme, following a three-way pitch.

Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt among six new recruits at FTI Consulting

Former health secretary Patricia Hewitt among six new recruits at FTI Consulting

FTI Consulting has recruited former Labour health secretary Patricia Hewitt as part of six new appointments to its UK Public Affairs practice.

Councils take part in local government #OurDay campaign

Councils take part in local government #OurDay campaign

The Local Government Association (LGA) is launching its annual Twitter campaign on Wednesday for councillors and council employees across England and Wales.

M&C Saatchi and Freuds partnership wins government health contract pitch

M&C Saatchi and Freuds partnership wins government health contract pitch

Public Health England (PHE) has awarded its consumer engagement brief to M&C Saatchi with Freuds, which was unable to pitch directly, as a sub-contractor.

Opinion and features

EY unveils campaign to freeze out workplace gender inequality

EY unveils campaign to freeze out workplace gender inequality

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.

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

Davos: A comms opportunity or hot air from the magic mountain?

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.

Fifteen steps to great communications in 2015

The PRCA has launched recommendations for great comms in 2015, following an in-depth consultation with the PRCA's senior members and PR Council.

Cameron would be mad to agree to any televised debate

Cameron would be mad to agree to any televised debate

There is still no consensus as to precisely how long Alastair Campbell said a scandal can swirl before it consumes its victim.

Predictions for 2015: A year of pitfalls or possibilities?

Predictions for 2015: A year of pitfalls or possibilities?

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!

Research data is a golden opportunity for university PR teams

Research data is a golden opportunity for university PR teams

UK universities have this week found out how they have fared in the Research Excellence Framework (REF), a long process that has had a profound influence over every aspect of higher education for the past few years.

Mixed forecast for sector but PR has proved its worth

Mixed forecast for sector but PR has proved its worth

The outlook is mixed as cuts start to bite, but the public sector is hiring again as bodies accept the key role strategic comms plays.

The public and private sectors are brothers in comms

The public and private sectors are brothers in comms

Working in comms for private or public sector bodies is more similar, and useful, than you might think.

How we adapted our comms contingency plans for Ebola scenario

How we adapted our comms contingency plans for Ebola scenario

Last month's high-profile Ebola simulation was routine for public health dangers, writes the Department of Health's director of comms.

Running an agency: Six legal questions to answer

Running an agency: Six legal questions to answer

Running an agency is exciting but it is easy to forget to make provisions for when things go wrong. Follow this guide to avoid a legal minefield.

Integration report: one vision

Integration report: one vision

A new report identifies the emergence of the chief comms and marketing officer (CCMO) and predicts greater convergence between disciplines.

Recent public sector people moves

Karma's Charles Watson to chair Teneo International and eyeing major London expansion

Karma's Charles Watson to chair Teneo International and eyeing major London expansion

Former Karma Communications chairman Charles Watson has been appointed to chair Teneo International, the international division of Teneo Holdings, and is targeting major growth in London as a priority.

Mayor's PR agency hires former Newgate director Martin Greig

Mayor's PR agency hires former Newgate director Martin Greig

London & Partners, the Mayor's official promotional company for London, has appointed Martin Greig as head of media and PR.

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

Fenton CEO sells firm; former Billboard editorial director Werde appointed as new chief exec

After nearly 33 years as CEO of his eponymous firm, David Fenton has sold the agency and appointed a new chief exec, as he shifts to the role of chairman, effective immediately.

Conservative political adviser Ewan Livingston joins Cicero

Conservative political adviser Ewan Livingston joins Cicero

Cicero Group has expanded its corporate communications team by hiring Ewan Livingston as its energy sector leader.

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger appoints Julie Minns of Three to its political team

Bell Pottinger has appointed Julie Minns, head of public policy and corporate responsibility at mobile operator Three, as a partner in its political team.

Portland launches place branding practice under Jonathan McClory

Portland launches place branding practice under Jonathan McClory

Portland has appointed Jonathan McClory as director of its new place branding practice, which aims to help countries and governments to build a stronger global brand.

Bell Pottinger hires Harvey Smith and former Michael Gove spad Beth Armstrong

Bell Pottinger hires Harvey Smith and former Michael Gove spad Beth Armstrong

Bell Pottinger has hired digital specialist Harvey Smith as an associate partner and former Department for Education special adviser Beth Armstrong as a senior consultant.