Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

The UK Public Affairs Council was preparing to relaunch its heavily criticised register of Westminster lobbyists as PRWeek went to press.

The register - online at publicaffairscouncil.org.uk - combines the quarterly registers of the APPC and PRCA, as well as including CIPR lobbyists. UKPAC has admitted 'teething problems' but its chairman Elizabeth France said this week: 'The data has been re-keyed and re-checked ... It will be refreshed any day now.'

Portland has hired senior Department for Culture, Media and Sport official Sam Sharps as associate director. Sharps is currently deputy director, information economy at DCMS.

The Chartered Management Institute has awarded Hanover a three-year contract to handle public affairs. CMI chief executive Ruth Spellman said Hanover had been hired 'to take CMI's engagement on policy to the next level'.

Everything Everywhere, the UK's largest mobile network operator, has selected MHP Communications as its retained public affairs agency. Everything Everywhere combines the T-Mobile UK and Orange UK networks.

MHP was originally hired by T-Mobile in 2010, while Open Road was used by Orange.

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