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PR bosses may be pro-EU, but they are advising clients to stay neutral

PR bosses may be pro-EU, but they are advising clients to stay neutral

Four weeks ahead of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, research shows that despite being generally pro-EU, most PR agencies are advising corporate clients to remain publicly neutral.

The Stig backs Brexit: Leave.EU to unveil new sporting supporters

The Stig backs Brexit: Leave.EU to unveil new sporting supporters

Perry McCarthy, formerly The Stig on TV motoring show Top Gear, is among sports stars who will be unveiled as supporters of Brexit campaign group Leave.EU at a fun run next month.

How the junior doctors' strike played out on Twitter

How the junior doctors' strike played out on Twitter

Twitter was a key battleground in the protracted contract dispute between the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, which came to a conclusion on 18 May.

Communicating EU benefits at heart of new Government Communication Service plan

Communicating EU benefits at heart of new Government Communication Service plan

The Government Communication Service has set out its priorities for the coming year in a plan that includes communicating economic and national security, as well as the benefits of staying in the EU.

BBC Charter Review white paper: what you need to know

BBC Charter Review white paper: what you need to know

The sensitive political process of renewing the BBC's Royal Charter is entering its closing stages with the publication yesterday of the Government's white paper, which will be debated by Parliament in the autumn.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Wages, anti-corruption summit and women's refuges

PMQs Twitter round-up: Wages, anti-corruption summit and women's refuges

In a lengthy session of Prime Minister's Questions, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn quizzed David Cameron on an obscure EU directive concerning workers' rights but it took backbench MPs to raise Sadiq Khan's victory in last week's London mayoral elections, while Labour's Jess Phillips made an electrifying plea halfway in.

Farage, Hopkins and IDS expected on red carpet for Brexit: The Movie premiere

Farage, Hopkins and IDS expected on red carpet for Brexit: The Movie premiere

Production company WAGTV is hoping to reach out to undecided voters with an 80-minute documentary Brexit: The Movie, which has its premiere in Leicester Square tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

Four Communications account manager wins London Assembly seat

Four Communications account manager wins London Assembly seat

A public affairs account manager at Four Communications has won a place in City Hall as a Member of the London Assembly (MLA) in Thursday's London elections.

London chooses 'hope over fear' as Goldsmith's negative campaign criticised

London chooses 'hope over fear' as Goldsmith's negative campaign criticised

Labour's Sadiq Khan won a convincing victory over Zac Goldsmith to become Mayor or London on Friday night, taking 57 per cent of the vote, following a contest in which his chief rival paid the price for a negative campaign and accusations of Islamophobia.

Trio of PR and comms pros newly elected to Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly

Trio of PR and comms pros newly elected to Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly

A number of PR and comms professionals have enjoyed success in the elections for the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament.

London Elects: These PR and comms professionals are standing for City Hall

London Elects: These PR and comms professionals are standing for City Hall

A number of PR, public affairs and marcoms professionals are among the candidates seeking election to the London Assembly today.

Government not collecting data on deaths during junior doctors' strikes

Government not collecting data on deaths during junior doctors' strikes

The Government has no plans to report figures of any deaths of patients occurring during last week's walkouts by junior doctors, PRWeek can reveal.

PMQs Twitter round-up: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and child refugees

PMQs Twitter round-up: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and child refugees

In a savage PMQs session ahead of polling day tomorrow for the mayoral and council elections, the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn traded blows over Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

Home Office 'deception' in anti-extremism comms work 'like Cold War', says academic

Home Office 'deception' in anti-extremism comms work 'like Cold War', says academic

Revelations by The Guardian that the UK Government has run a covert anti-extremism and counter-terror strategy raise serious questions about the "ways in which our governments communicate and the role of propaganda and deception in our society", according to a University of Sheffield academic.

Opinion and features

'Remain' and 'leave' need a head-to-head debate to change the electorate's minds

'Remain' and 'leave' need a head-to-head debate to change the electorate's minds

Faced with trying to move debate beyond the fear of change, the 'leave' campaign for the EU referendum looks like it's got its work cut out.

The Rolling Stones won't get no satisfaction from Donald Trump

The Rolling Stones won't get no satisfaction from Donald Trump

Donald Trump recently saw his musical options dwindle yet again, as The Rolling Stones joined Adele and Steven Tyler in requesting that he cease using their songs on his campaign trail.

Why there is a different rule book for pitching to broadcast

Why there is a different rule book for pitching to broadcast

As experts we are constantly striving for new and better ways of engaging people; that and delivering greater reach, greater influence and greater returns on investment of course.

Jeremy Corbyn needs 'stable equilibrium' to perfect his speaking style (thinks Yoda)

Jeremy Corbyn needs 'stable equilibrium' to perfect his speaking style (thinks Yoda)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's low-key, unflashy and seemingly un-politician-like style is arguably what originally endeared him to Labour supporters in the leadership ballot nearly eight months ago.

Brexit: The Movie shows the power of simplifying the story

Brexit: The Movie shows the power of simplifying the story

The most common criticism of your opponent's campaign is that it represents nothing more than a "chaotic talking shop". This is something aimed levelly and squarely at the Brexit campaign on a daily basis.

Mind the gap - how to gain the trust of senior clients as a young PR consultant

Mind the gap - how to gain the trust of senior clients as a young PR consultant

PRWeek's 2013 PR Census showed that 46 per cent of all PR agency employees were aged between 25 and 34. So how can today's generation of great young PR people be confident in the boardroom?

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.

Recent public sector people moves

Portland pushes into new disciplines with 10 advisory council hires

Portland pushes into new disciplines with 10 advisory council hires

London-headquartered agency Portland has announced 10 new appointments to its advisory council, including Facebook's EMEA international affairs specialist, former ministers in the Polish and Indian governments and the founder of UK parenting website Mumsnet.

Cabinet Office head of media joins peer-to-peer health network

Cabinet Office head of media joins peer-to-peer health network

The Cabinet Office's Alexa Chaffer has joined HealthUnlocked, a social network enabling peer-to-peer discussion of healthcare issues, as head of comms.

Daily Express assistant editor to join press team at Number 10

Daily Express assistant editor to join press team 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.

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.