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The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency has appointed Rachel Bosworth as director of comms. The government agency is responsible for ensuring medicines and medical devices work and are safe. She joins from the East of England Development Agency, where she was executive director of comms and external relations, and deputy chief executive.

Two foreign embassies have paid tens of thousands of pounds owed from unpaid parking fines, following a media campaign by Westminster City Council. Kazakhstan paid £37,160 for outstanding fines from 627 parking tickets, while the Nigerian embassy settled its bill of £3,450 for 78 parking tickets.

Transport Initiatives Edinburgh, the firm set up to deliver the Scottish capital's over-budget tram project, has spent more than £900,000 on PR with Burt Greener Communications, Weber Shandwick, Media House International and Fan Hitter PR, Scotland on Sunday has reported.

Peterborough City Council has come under fire for creating three comms jobs at a cost of £103,415 a year. Council chiefs want to employ a marketing manager, a comms specialist and an e-comms officer. Lib Dem councillor Nick Sandford said: 'We already have an overblown comms department.'

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