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Home Office top of Twitter list, OECD signs Cowbrough Communications.

The Home Office is the government department to feature most frequently in Twitter conversations, according to a Politics Online 2009 report by Social Media Affairs, a directory of influential political bloggers. The civil service and MI5 are next on the list. The top council to be mentioned is Brighton and Hove City Council, followed by Telford and Wrekin and City of London.

The Forster Company has topped The Sunday Times Green List, published last Sunday. The list revealed the 60 UK companies with the most radically improved environmental performances. Among its activities, Forster undertakes an annual ethical impact review, and prefers to use local suppliers.

The Home Office has appointed Jean Ward to be head of comms for its crime reduction group. Ward was formerly deputy director at Government Communication Network (GCN). Ward replaces Emma Stranack, who has gone to the Department for Transport. Before working at GCN in 2007, Ward was head of news at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has appointed Glasgow-based Cowbrough Communications to handle a pan-European tender to supply a range of communications support for its local economic and employment development programme. The Paris- based OECD brings together the governments of 30 member countries and provides a platform for comparing policy experiences, identifying good practice and co-ordinating international economic policy.

Band & Brown Communications has promoted Simon Francis to the role of head of public sector practice, reporting to managing director Graz Belli. Francis will continue to expand Band & Brown's public and voluntary sector client base. In recent months, Band & Brown has won work from the Department for Work & Pensions.

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