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BMA and Government engaged in 'attritional war', says DH director of comms

BMA and Government engaged in 'attritional war', says DH director of comms

The Government is engaged in an "attritional war" with the British Medical Association in the long-running junior doctors' dispute, according to Sam Lister, director of comms at the Department of Health.

PR 'blighted by case studies' and not strategic enough, says UK government comms chief

PR 'blighted by case studies' and not strategic enough, says UK government comms chief

The PR profession is suffering from an over-reliance on case studies showcased at industry awards events and should be taking a more strategic approach, the UK Government's top comms executive has warned PR360 attendees.

New government comms framework to allow more open dialogue with agencies

New government comms framework to allow more open dialogue with agencies

The UK Government is to make it easier for PR agencies to bid for lucrative contracts with a new procurement system set to be announced in the near future, according to Alex Aiken, executive director for government comms.

Government must not exploit patient deaths during junior doctor strikes, PRs warn

Government must not exploit patient deaths during junior doctor strikes, PRs warn

The Government should steer clear of exploiting any incidents such as patient deaths during the ongoing doctors' strike called by the British Medical Association (BMA), PR professionals have warned.

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Former Number 10 adviser takes senior comms role at Amazon UK

Ruwan Kodikara will join Amazon UK as its senior manager of corporate comms next month.

Gove steps up Brexit rhetoric with 'Soviet-style control freaks' piece in Times

Gove steps up Brexit rhetoric with 'Soviet-style control freaks' piece in Times

Writing in The Times today, Justice Secretary Michael Gove has described the European Union as "an economic sinkhole" and a "failing Soviet system", and says that the UK's continued membership of it would constitute a "direct and serious threat" to public services including the NHS.

Daily Express assistant editor to be head of news at Number 10

Daily Express assistant editor to be head of news at Number 10

Greg Swift, a journalist who has worked at the Daily Express for nearly 20 years, will join the press team at Number 10 on 3 May.

Vote Leave named official Brexit campaign and Stronger In confirmed as pro-EU group

Vote Leave named official Brexit campaign and Stronger In confirmed as pro-EU group

Vote Leave has been designated as the main campaign for a UK exit from the EU, the Electoral Commission has announced.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Panama Papers, tax and the EU

PMQs Twitter round-up: Panama Papers, tax and the EU

In the first PMQs session since MPs returned after the Easter break, the Panama Papers dominated the questions, but wider issues around tax were also discussed along with the omnipresent issue of the EU.

Khan leads Goldsmith on Twitter as London Mayor candidates clash over housing and business

Khan leads Goldsmith on Twitter as London Mayor candidates clash over housing and business

Labour candidate Sadiq Khan dominated the conversation on Twitter last week, triumphing over his mayoral rivals, according to new research.

RBS appoints Blue Rubicon for wide-ranging reputation turnaround brief

RBS appoints Blue Rubicon for wide-ranging reputation turnaround brief

RBS Group has appointed Blue Rubicon to lead a reputation turnaround, in a wide-ranging brief covering all of the group's brands.

Politicians publish tax returns in transparency drive after Panama Papers

Politicians publish tax returns in transparency drive after Panama Papers

David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, George Osborne and Boris Johnson have all published details of tax they have paid in recent years, as one Conservative MP suggests all MPs will have to do so in future.

Doctors' strikes: Twitter interest drops since start of year - but support grows

Doctors' strikes: Twitter interest drops since start of year - but support grows

The number of tweets about the strikes by junior doctors plummeted between January and March this year, although it has rebounded in April thus far - with the balance of pro-strike tweets steadily increasing through 2016.

Brexit voices winning out in the battle for media share

Brexit voices winning out in the battle for media share

Brexit voices in the EU debate have left the 'remain' camp in their wake for media share since January, according to an analysis of coverage.

Opinion and features

Does the ban on McDonald's show Labour as red in tooth and claw?

Does the ban on McDonald's show Labour as red in tooth and claw?

The decision by Labour to ban McDonald's from having an exhibition stand at this year's party conference was taken not because of Jeremy Corbyn's vegetarianism but because of the company's refusal to recognise trade unions.

Why should brands go back to school?

Why should brands go back to school?

Last year global businesses were urged to allocate 20 per cent of their philanthropic spending to education by 2020.

Communicating how cutting-edge drug treatments benefit everyone is a tough challenge

Communicating how cutting-edge drug treatments benefit everyone is a tough challenge

One of our most important comms challenges is to convince governments and regulators that costly cutting-edge treatments are worth it.

New Mayors: who cares? Those selling innovation in city services should

New Mayors: who cares? Those selling innovation in city services should

In less than one month there will be a new Mayor in the driving seat of London government.

The Panama Papers - strictly private and confidential?

The Panama Papers - strictly private and confidential?

Anyone following the wall-to-wall media and political coverage of the so-called Panama Papers over the past fortnight might be forgiven for wondering whether she or he had missed a recent Supreme Court decision abolishing the laws of confidence and privacy.

The Irish poll result is a warning to Europe's politicians

The Irish poll result is a warning to Europe's politicians

The dramatic result of the recent general election in Ireland has implications for upcoming European elections and even the Brexit debate.

Engaging women voters is key to victory in the EU Referendum

Engaging women voters is key to victory in the EU Referendum

Brand marketers understand the value and are increasingly masters of engaging women - think the multi-award-winning #Like a Girl and One Billion Rising campaigns.

PR industry should not fear Brexit, says Vote Leave comms chief

PR industry should not fear Brexit, says Vote Leave comms chief

Pro-Brexit campaigners must prioritise economic over immigration arguments, says Paul Stephenson (pictured), comms director of Vote Leave - one of the main groups backing the UK's withdrawal from the EU. He talks to John Harrington about UKIP, Boris Johnson, the BBC - and why the PR industry should not be fearful

The Hodgson Review: PRs must remain vigilant

The Hodgson Review: PRs must remain vigilant

The PRCA rightly gave a "cautious welcome" to the Hodgson Review of Third Party Campaigning. There is much to welcome, but also much to worry about in its 103 pages.

Panama Papers crisis comms: Five steps to protect your reputation

Panama Papers crisis comms: Five steps to protect your reputation

OK, so you have been named in the Panama Papers. This is what you should do next.

Could the UK's geopolitical future really be influenced by toasters and vacuum cleaners?

Could the UK's geopolitical future really be influenced by toasters and vacuum cleaners?

Oh dear, there's been another media storm over the EU's supposed plans to outlaw 'powerful' toasters and kettles.

Recent public sector people moves

In brief: Creston's FY expectations, Porter Novelli's new brief, Ketchum and Field recruit

Creston: FY expectations unchanged, Porter Novelli wins juice association, Ketchum hires Red deputy editor, Field brings in Number 10 adviser and more from PRWeek UK.

Senior corporate comms pair depart Weber Shandwick in London

Senior corporate comms pair depart Weber Shandwick in London

Two senior, London-based leaders of Weber Shandwick's corporate practice have left the firm in recent weeks, PRWeek has learned.

DH seeks head of 100-strong comms team but background in health not necessary

DH seeks head of 100-strong comms team but background in health not necessary

The Department of Health is recruiting for a new director of comms to lead its 100-strong team.

Wal-Mart names Disney's Brian Besanceney as chief communications officer

Wal-Mart names Disney's Brian Besanceney as chief communications officer

He will report to Dan Bartlett, EVP of corporate affairs.

DH's Sam Lister moves to Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

DH's Sam Lister moves to Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Sam Lister, director of comms at the Department of Health (DH), has been appointed as the new group director of comms at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

In brief: Allison acquires, Octopus hires, Ecosystem expands, PR for Right Guard

Allison+Partners enters Japan, senior trio join Octopus, Ecosystem expands and more from PRWeek UK.

APCO hires former David Cameron adviser Zoe Thorogood for DC role

APCO hires former David Cameron adviser Zoe Thorogood for DC role

She is joining the firm as a director in its Washington public affairs practice.