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ActionAid UK and Weber's #BrutalCut disrupts content to raise awareness of FGM

ActionAid UK and Weber's #BrutalCut disrupts content to raise awareness of FGM

Weber Shandwick and outdoor media partner Clear Channel have launched a campaign with ActionAidUK to draw attention to the risks and dangers surrounding female genital mutilation (FGM).

DfID comms chief joins Portland as agency hires for new 'Brexit Unit'

DfID comms chief joins Portland as agency hires for new 'Brexit Unit'

Portland has appointed the director of comms for the UK's Department for International Development as a partner, as well as another new hire to boost the agency's new Brexit Unit.

Theresa May's first PMQs: Orgreave, Trident and inevitable comparisons with Thatcher

Theresa May's first PMQs: Orgreave, Trident and inevitable comparisons with Thatcher

In her inaugural PMQs appearance, Prime Minister Theresa May gave what some commentators described as an "assured" and "competent" performance while Jeremy Corbyn failed to land any serious blows.

Labour leadership contender's lobbying career raises Labour eyebrows

Labour leadership contender's lobbying career raises Labour eyebrows

The Times has run a front page story examining Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith's previous career as a lobbyist for Pfizer.

Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Half of PRCA members expect client budgets to drop, survey says

Almost half of PR professionals believe client budgets will be reduced in the next 12 months following the EU referendum result, according to an exclusive PRWeek/PRCA survey.

May assembles Downing Street comms and advice team including Perrior and Hill

May assembles Downing Street comms and advice team including Perrior and Hill

Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street comms and special adviser team began to take shape last night with several key appointments, including head of comms Katie Perrior and PRWeek UK Power Book entrant John Godfrey.

Nick Clegg's spokesman appointed director of comms for Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg's spokesman appointed director of comms for Liberal Democrats

Phil Reilly, Nick Clegg's former head of government comms and his chief speechwriter during the coalition government, has been appointed director of comms for the Lib Dems.

Cameron's final PMQs: Leaving day, legacies and Larry the cat

Cameron's final PMQs: Leaving day, legacies and Larry the cat

"I will miss the roar of the crowd and I will miss the barbs from the opposition... but I will be willing all of you on," David Cameron told the House of Commons at the end of his 147th - and final - appearance at Prime Minister's Questions.

Opportunity for small agencies as Government shakes up comms procurement

Opportunity for small agencies as Government shakes up comms procurement

The Government has overhauled its procurement arrangements for comms and campaigns in a move that could see it working with smaller agencies, and those that have never done public sector work in the past.

The 'golden pen' of PR, Blair's media war room and Campbell's role revealed by Chilcot report

The 'golden pen' of PR, Blair's media war room and Campbell's role revealed by Chilcot report

A former senior Cabinet Office employee asked government PR professionals for help in lending their "golden pen" in crafting the intelligence dossier justifying the need to invade Iraq - but the Government underestimated the need for "sustained communication of key strategic messages" prior to the war.

How the huge #wearehere Somme tribute surprised and moved the UK public

How the huge #wearehere Somme tribute surprised and moved the UK public

1,400 volunteers dressed in World War One uniforms, co-ordinated by a group of 27 organisations, created a moving, eerie memorial on Friday (1 July) to mark a century since the bloodiest day in British military history.

Vote Leave comms chief lines up for Gove, while national organiser backs May in race for Number 10

Vote Leave comms chief lines up for Gove, while national organiser backs May in race for Number 10

Paul Stephenson, latterly the PR head of Vote Leave, has joined the team steering Michael Gove's campaign to become Prime Minister.

Revealed: the 'remain' campaign ads that were never used

Revealed: the 'remain' campaign ads that were never used

Three of the agencies involved in the Stronger In campaign for the EU referendum have shared some ad executions that never saw the light of day. Could they have swung the vote?

Comms experts criticise Farage's 'smug' speech to EU as likely to harm negotiations

Comms experts criticise Farage's 'smug' speech to EU as likely to harm negotiations

A typically full-bodied and "rude" speech by Nigel Farage to the European Parliament is more likely to harm the UK's cause in negotiations of its exit from the European Union, senior PR figures have told PRWeek.

Opinion and features

Every PR and comms professional should spend time in a newsroom or magazine office

Every PR and comms professional should spend time in a newsroom or magazine office

I used to be the kind of journalist who grumbled about PRs. Particularly ones who sent irrelevant press releases, rang up 20 times a day (to see if I'd got their irrelevant press releases) and began emails with phrases like "hope you're enjoying the sunshine".

Brexit demands a new approach to internal comms and engagement for UK PLC

Brexit demands a new approach to internal comms and engagement for UK PLC

Throughout the build-up to the referendum, 'take back control' was a beguiling refrain from those who suggested that we were, or soon would be, 'out of control' if we voted to 'remain'.

The day I media trained Boris Johnson

The day I media trained Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson and media training don't seem like the most obvious words you'd find in the same sentence.

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

Purpose is not old news - it has just evolved

There was talk of 'cause fatigue' at Cannes this year, but that doesn't mean the industry should move on - it's simply that purpose has evolved.

What happens after the reshuffle dust has settled?

What happens after the reshuffle dust has settled?

It is only three weeks after the EU referendum, but more has happened politically than we might see in three normal years.

Comms has a key role in getting voter registration system right before next election

Comms has a key role in getting voter registration system right before next election

The new system of Individual Electoral Registration needs to be simplified and clarified before any impending general election.

May needs to find the chink in Leadsom's patriotic armour - the kids

May needs to find the chink in Leadsom's patriotic armour - the kids

So, now the Westminster combat is done, Generals Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom move to a new battlefield - the heartlands of the Tory membership.

Chilcot: Lessons learned from the fall of 'Brand Blair'

Chilcot: Lessons learned from the fall of 'Brand Blair'

"You can't win an argument." The famous line from Dale Carnegie's seminal How to Win Friends and Influence People seems particularly apt in light of the Chilcot report.

Memo: To campaign managers in the Tory leadership election

Memo: To campaign managers in the Tory leadership election

Conservative MPs have begun the process of electing a new leader. Based on my experience of leadership contests - including one as campaign manager - I think there are some smart steps to take and pitfalls to avoid.

The rejected Stronger In posters were dreadful - but honesty is the best policy in EU vote post-mortem

The rejected Stronger In posters were dreadful - but honesty is the best policy in EU vote post-mortem

Were you pro-'remain'? I was. Now, we've all got to be straight with ourselves: we failed massively. Monumentally.

PMQs sketch: Parliament dares not hold Cameron to account

PMQs sketch: Parliament dares not hold Cameron to account

I'm not sure if anyone has ever said this before, but a week is a long time in politics isn't it?

Recent public sector people moves

In brief: ITV wins for Tin Man, DawBell hired by SecondScreen, Freshwater's results

ITV Studios wins for Tin Man, DawBell hired for SecondScreen, Freshwater's profit rise, Social Circle appoints Propeller PR and more from PRWeek UK.

FleishmanHillard ups Kris Balderston to president of global public affairs

FleishmanHillard ups Kris Balderston to president of global public affairs

Robert Hoopes will succeed him as GM of the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

UK Government beefs up Scottish comms team

UK Government beefs up Scottish comms team

The UK Government has expanded its comms team in Scotland with two senior hires in its news and media teams.

In brief: Carlton picks Wild Card, W to launch energy drink, H+K gets DH's Berry

Carlton picks Wild Card, W to launch energy drink, H+K hires Berry from DH and more from PRWeek UK.

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.

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.