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Concise, thrice: Vote Leave plays it cool after attacks from rival Brexit group

Concise, thrice: Vote Leave plays it cool after attacks from rival Brexit group

Vote Leave, one of the groups campaigning for a British exit from the EU, has three times responded with curt statements following public attacks from fellow campaign group Leave.EU in recent days.

Watch: Saving the world isn't just for the movies, says Scottish Government climate campaign

Watch: Saving the world isn't just for the movies, says Scottish Government climate campaign

The Scottish Government has launched an integrated campaign with the strapline 'Saving the world isn't just for the movies', to encourage Scottish households to help fight climate change.

Former Blair adviser John McTernan joins public affairs agency

Former Blair adviser John McTernan joins public affairs agency

Tony Blair's former director of political operations, John McTernan, has joined Westminster Policy Institute as an associate.

Are UK PR agencies ageist?

Are UK PR agencies ageist?

New research shows that the chief executives of the UK's top PR agencies are predominantly under the age of 50, and the dearth of older practitioners at all levels across the agency industry serves to underline PR's ongoing problem with retaining senior talent.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Cancer targets, PFI and a reluctant foray into the EU

PMQs Twitter round-up: Cancer targets, PFI and a reluctant foray into the EU

There were several bad-tempered exchanges between David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn in this week's PMQs but it took the intervention of SNP and Tory backbenchers before the elephant in the room - the new deal with the EU - was discussed.

Late payment: PRCA calls for clarity on Government's Enterprise Bill

Late payment: PRCA calls for clarity on Government's Enterprise Bill

The PRCA has welcomed the scope of the Government's new Enterprise Bill, but has also called for more clarity on how its provisions will be enforced.

Cameron's deputy spokesman Christian Cubitt to take comms role in NHS

Cameron's deputy spokesman Christian Cubitt to take comms role in NHS

Christian Cubitt will leave Downing Street at the end of this month for a new role in the NHS.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Google tax, bedroom tax and the refugee crisis

PMQs Twitter round-up: Google tax, bedroom tax and the refugee crisis

In a lively session of PMQs, the issues of corporate tax, the bedroom tax and Zac Goldsmith's mayoral ambitions were discussed.

Support for junior doctors' strike on Twitter was high, analysis finds

Support for junior doctors' strike on Twitter was high, analysis finds

Support for the junior doctors' strike earlier in January outweighed opposition by more than 50 percentage points on Twitter, according to analysis by Blue Rubicon.

DWP beefs up stats processes after breach by 'unnamed comms officer'

DWP beefs up stats processes after breach by 'unnamed comms officer'

The Department for Work and Pensions says it has put "additional measures in place" to prevent a repeat of an apparently accidental release of information relating to jobs data, which earned the department a telling off from the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA).

Find your inner peace: HMRC PR team in drive to get tax returns in on time

Find your inner peace: HMRC PR team in drive to get tax returns in on time

Inner Peace, HM Revenue & Customs' annual integrated campaign to encourage people to file their Self Assessment (SA) tax return on time, is prioritising lower-cost PR methods over paid-for advertising, according to the agency's comms chief.

Irish trade body hails success of lobbying act

Irish trade body hails success of lobbying act

The trade association for Irish lobbying has hailed the success of the country's new lobbying register after more than 500 organisations registered their activities in the final quarter of 2015.

UK general election spend by largest parties up in 2015, but less money allocated to ads

UK general election spend by largest parties up in 2015, but less money allocated to ads

Campaign spending by the biggest political parties in the fortnight ahead of the 2015 general election was 19 per cent higher than the 2010 figure at nearly £37m, according to new figures released by the Electoral Commission.

PRWeek's PMQs roundup: Grants, Middle East & Trident

PRWeek's PMQs roundup: Grants, Middle East & Trident

The third Prime Ministers' Questions of the year was a boisterous session with topics of student grants, the war in Yemen and Trident discussed in the House of Commons.

Opinion and features

Temporary workers are not to blame for the NHS deficit

Temporary workers are not to blame for the NHS deficit

The use of temporary workers in the NHS, including PR practitioners, has been blamed for the deficit - but this smacks of scapegoating.

Corn, granite and momentum: The view from the Iowa caucuses

Corn, granite and momentum: The view from the Iowa caucuses

Let's be clear: I'm glad that the Iowa caucus - as we say in New Jersey - "is in the rear view mirror", writes Nick DeLuca of Open Road

Crisis comms: The power of preparedness

Crisis comms: The power of preparedness

Time is of the essence, they say. I don't know who 'they' are, but 'they' may well have worked in PR; a sector that has had crisis response and issues management at its foundation since it began, says Four Consulting's Alun James.

The Labour Party needs to modernise - or it risks disappearing altogether

The Labour Party needs to modernise - or it risks disappearing altogether

The Labour Party needs to remodel itself and become relevant to the electorate if it is not to be superseded, writes Ketchum's Jo-ann Robertson.

24 hours in Davos

24 hours in Davos

Day one in Davos has come to an end and I can say with certainty that I've walked away with some important learnings - some that make me optimistic for the future, others that are more concerning, writes Barri Rafferty at Ketchum.

Be more Bowie: Lessons for the PR industry from the master of reinvention

Be more Bowie: Lessons for the PR industry from the master of reinvention

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." Boring is not a word you would ever associate with David Bowie, writes Tony Garner of Viva PR.

Floods furore highlights why we must be honest with the public

Floods furore highlights why we must be honest with the public

The recent floods and the way they have been handled has brought to the fore the importance of ethical comms, writes Greater Manchester Police's Amanda Coleman

PR winners and losers of 2015

PR winners and losers of 2015

It has been another tumultuous year in the world of PR. But who were the biggest PR winners and losers of the year? Here are my top three in each category, writes Phil Hall of PHA Media.

Let 'Diversity' be part of your everyday vocabulary in 2016

Let 'Diversity' be part of your everyday vocabulary in 2016

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Diversity to Inclusion seminar, writes Mavis Amankwah.

The 17 opinion pieces that shook 2015

The 17 opinion pieces that shook 2015

If there is something the PR and comms industry is never short of, it's an opinion. Here are the opinion pieces which floated your boat, rattled your cage and flipped your pancake in 2015.

The ten most testing questions facing PR in 2015

The ten most testing questions facing PR in 2015

From the trouble with Tesco's brand to the underlying causes of the gender pay gap, the industry faced some testing questions in 2015, writes Ian Griggs.

Recent public sector people moves

Weber's Colin Byrne and government deputy comms chief Keith Coni join CIPR board

Weber's Colin Byrne and government deputy comms chief Keith Coni join CIPR board

Weber Shandwick UK and EMEA CEO Colin Byrne and Keith Coni, deputy director of government comms, have been appointed by new CIPR president Rob Brown to the professional body's board.

In brief: Hangzhou Tourism appoints McCluskey, Threepipe wins FSA work, Consilium appointed by Sanofi, Burger & Lobster brings in Manifest London

In brief: Hangzhou Tourism appoints McCluskey, Threepipe wins FSA work, Consilium appointed by Sanofi, Burger & Lobster brings in Manifest London

Hangzhou Tourism appoints McCluskey, Threepipe wins FSA work, Consilium appointed by Sanofi, Burger & Lobster brings in Manifest London and more from PRWeek UK

Google hires Weber's David Skelton to head public policy

Google hires Weber's David Skelton to head public policy

Google has appointed David Skelton from Weber Shandwick in the role of public policy manager, based in London.

PR battle begins ahead of May election for London Mayor

PR battle begins ahead of May election for London Mayor

The PR battle in the election of the next Mayor of London has heated up, with the first Monday of the new year seeing coverage of the impact on commuters of train fare rises.

Former Ed Miliband health adviser moves to The Health Foundation

Former Ed Miliband health adviser moves to The Health Foundation

Tim Horton, former health policy adviser to Ed Miliband and head of public services at the Labour Party, has joined charity The Health Foundation.

Leave.EU campaign appoints former MSP Brian Monteith as head of press

Leave.EU campaign appoints former MSP Brian Monteith as head of press

One of the campaign groups working towards a British exit from the European Union has hired former Conservative member of the Scottish Parliament Brian Monteith as its head of press.

Corbyn's comms man Kevin Slocombe takes permanent role, new spokesperson to be hired

Corbyn's comms man Kevin Slocombe takes permanent role, new spokesperson to be hired

Kevin Slocombe has taken a new permanent job as head of media for the leader of the Labour Party.