Flack: Financial abyss for Labour party

The Labour Party may be staring into a financial abyss, but one public affairs professional is happily helping out.

Flack's mole at last week's Labour fundraiser informs us that Weber Shandwick's head of public affairs Jo-Anne Robertson stumped up a whopping £500 for a signed copy of Tony Blair's autobiography, A Journey. Now that's what we call a Labour of love ... Meanwhile, word reaches Flack that life as a Whitehall PRO has become so grim, gallows humour has set in. A unit has been set up under cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell to use the ideas of behaviour economists to change public behaviour. It's been dubbed the Nudge unit, after the book that inspired the approach. But the cuts have seen insiders dub it the 'Shove-and-Shaft unit' ... There were bleary eyes in Edinburgh on Friday morning after the CIPR Scotland awards but some had an excuse for their sleepiness: a 5am fire alarm at the venue hotel kept chilly guests outside for an hour. At least that was their excuse for being semi-naked in the car park in the small hours ...

Finally, proof that people on social media have real lives too. Paratus Communications consultant Adam Vincenzini and Ash Communications' head of social media Beth Carroll have got engaged after meeting on Twitter 12 months ago. 'Beth even semi-crowdsourced my proposal on Twitter,' said Adam. And they say romance is dead ...

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