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#Milifandom teenager embroiled in Twitter spat with ex-Conservative MP

#Milifandom teenager embroiled in Twitter spat with ex-Conservative MP

The 17-year-old student credited with popularising the #Milifandom hashtag during the 2015 general election has become embroiled in a Twitter spat with former Conservative MP Louise Mensch.

BNP Paribas Real Estate hires Patrick Clift from British Property Federation as UK PR director

BNP Paribas Real Estate hires Patrick Clift from British Property Federation as UK PR director

Property services giant BNP Paribas Real Estate has appointed Patrick Clift from the British Property Federation as its UK PR director.

TV debates and interviews were biggest factors influencing voting intentions, survey finds

TV debates and interviews were biggest factors influencing voting intentions, survey finds

A post-election survey has revealed that the television debates were the biggest factor influencing voting intentions, followed by television interviews, especially for UKIP and SNP voters.

Pyrrhic victory for FOI campaigners as Prince Charles 'black spider memos' published for first time

Pyrrhic victory for FOI campaigners as Prince Charles 'black spider memos' published for first time

David Cameron could spearhead an amendment to the Freedom of Information Act that would strengthen the ability of the Government to veto the publication of sensitive documents, following publication of the so-called 'black spider memos' from Prince Charles to government departments today.

Will a majority Conservative Government be good for the PR industry? Vote in our poll

Will a majority Conservative Government be good for the PR industry? Vote in our poll

Do you think the Tories will provide any benefits for the PR industry? Now is your chance to vote in a PRWeek poll.

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

Coloured cocktails and confounded predictions: PRWeek's night at the election parties

It was a night that began with low expectations of a definitive result but that ended in a shock victory for David Cameron's Conservatives.

Which PR professionals won seats in the 2015 general election?

Which PR professionals won seats in the 2015 general election?

It was a disastrous night for the industry professionals standing for Parliament yesterday.

Twitter 'exit poll' shows four times as many votes for Labour as Conservatives

Twitter 'exit poll' shows four times as many votes for Labour as Conservatives

Nearly four times as many people claim to have voted Labour as Conservative today, according to a snap Twitter 'exit poll' conducted by Talkwalker this afternoon.

Sector thinks Cameron will remain PM but says Labour ran the best campaign

Sector thinks Cameron will remain PM but says Labour ran the best campaign

A majority of public affairs professionals believe David Cameron will end up as Prime Minister following the general election, although PRWeek readers believe Labour conducted the best campaign.

Tesco comms chief contests seat for Parliament against Diane Abbott

Tesco comms chief contests seat for Parliament against Diane Abbott

A senior Tesco comms chief is a parliamentary candidate for Hackney in the general election, PRWeek has learned.

Pagoda PR buys up CM Porter Novelli

Pagoda PR buys up CM Porter Novelli

Two of Scotland's biggest PR firms have merged to create one of Scotland's biggest PR and public affairs agencies, Pagoda Porter Novelli.

Operation Elveden journalists blast 'vindictive prosecution'

Operation Elveden journalists blast 'vindictive prosecution'

Journalists who have had bribery cases against them dropped have spoken out against the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Obama uses 'anger translator' at annual press dinner to tell it like it is

Obama uses 'anger translator' at annual press dinner to tell it like it is

As the President of the United States, you probably have to bite your lip to prevent yourself from speaking your mind a hundred times a day.

Six more industry pros throw their hat in the ring for seat in Parliament

Six more industry pros throw their hat in the ring for seat in Parliament

Six more industry professionals are running as parliamentary candidates in the general election, PRWeek has learned.

Opinion and features

Irish lobbying register offers chance for Westminster rethink

Irish lobbying register offers chance for Westminster rethink

Now that the election is over, attention is turning to the legislative agenda. Lobbying may not have been a hot button election issue but the Government must revisit the flawed lobbying legislation that was passed in haste in 2014.

A handshake is a good start but it's no substitute for truth and reconciliation

A handshake is a good start but it's no substitute for truth and reconciliation

This week in Galway, 17 years after the Good Friday Agreement was signed, the heir to the British throne met with the leader of the provisional republican movement that murdered his great uncle and mentor 35 years ago.

What do we say now? The dilemma for the three losing parties

What do we say now? The dilemma for the three losing parties

For the clear losers at the election - Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP - new leadership and new policies won't be enough to turn the tide without new ways to communicate with the electorate.

David Cameron is sitting pretty, for now

David Cameron is sitting pretty, for now

The new perceived wisdom of the commentariat is to see the parallels between the situation faced by John Major in 1992 and the Prime Minister now as guides to the likely path that this Government will follow. In fact, the situation is entirely different.

Farage has become like any other politician and Carswell could soon be an independent

Farage has become like any other politician and Carswell could soon be an independent

The stats show that when you ask the general public what the most important issue in British politics is, most will reply "trust". Day in, day out, politicians are painted as liars, never able to answer a question directly.

How I called the result of the general election and my prediction for Mayor of London

How I called the result of the general election and my prediction for Mayor of London

Since October I had consistently predicted on TV, national press, radio and social media that the Conservatives would win a majority on 7 May. Here's why:

Cameron's comms challenge now rests on a knife edge

Cameron's comms challenge now rests on a knife edge

It is the first full week of the new Government and after a weekend's rest, following a shock ending, we're now into Cameron - Part II. But will it be more of the same or will the franchise be taken off in a new direction?

Political parties must work harder to win the votes of women

Political parties must work harder to win the votes of women

In the run up to the election, The Equality Movement launched a digital campaign asking political parties to address gender equality as a mainstream economic issue, and here is why: fewer women will vote in this general election than men.

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

Check out our gallery from the PRWeek Global Awards 2015, hosted at the Park Lane Hotel.

Should companies get involved in general elections?

Should companies get involved in general elections?

A few weeks ago, I was with the head of a medium-sized firm when he was asked to sign a letter to a national newspaper in support of a political party.

Showcase: The ManVan

Showcase: The ManVan

Prostate Cancer UK teamed up with fellow charities Tenovus and the Movember Foundation for its innovative ManVan campaign.

Recent public sector people moves

Conservatives' head of broadcast Carrie Symonds hired as John Whittingdale's special adviser

Conservatives' head of broadcast Carrie Symonds hired as John Whittingdale's special adviser

The Conservative Party's head of broadcast, Carrie Symonds, is leaving her role to become Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's media special adviser.

Bellenden hires Balfour Beatty's Laura Fox as director of corporate affairs

Bellenden hires Balfour Beatty's Laura Fox as director of corporate affairs

Bellenden has hired Laura Fox, former director of comms for Balfour Beatty's Services division and external affairs secretary to the Speaker of the House of Commons, as director of corporate affairs.

William Hague's former adviser Chris White joins Bellenden

William Hague's former adviser Chris White joins Bellenden

Bellenden has hired William Hague's former special adviser Chris White to join the senior management team at its public affairs arm.

Portland hires head of digital comms at No 10 Anthony Simon

Portland hires head of digital comms at No 10 Anthony Simon

Portland has appointed Anthony Simon, who heads up digital comms at the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office, to join the agency's international team.

UKIP woos second BBC producer to boost its comms team

UKIP woos second BBC producer to boost its comms team

UKIP has appointed former BBC producer Sarah White as a press officer ahead of the general election in May.

Change.org hires Tom Bage from Pagefield as UK comms director

Change.org hires Tom Bage from Pagefield as UK comms director

Change.org, the petition website, has hired Tom Bage from corporate comms agency Pagefield as UK director of comms.

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith hired by Westbourne Communications

Westbourne Communications has hired former Labour Party Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to chair its public affairs practice.