The Week

The Labour Party has appointed Kerry McCarthy, junior whip and MP for Bristol East, as its new media campaigns spokesperson.

Wickes, the DIY retailer, is putting its retained consumer account out to pitch. The incumbent is Speed Communications.

Sara Lee, comms manager for shows such as The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent at TalkbackThames, has left to launch a TV programming division at Hackford Jones.

Scottish & Newcastle UK has appointed Smarts to handle trade comms for Singapore's Tiger Beer.

First Public Relations will handle UK and Ireland travel trade PR for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Blue Rubicon has appointed Matthew Hickley as head of media. He was defence and home affairs correspondent for the Daily Mail.

Total Politics editor Sarah MacKinlay has left to start a PR agency called Journalista, which will focus on PR for politicians and other political figures.

Zippo, the cigarette lighter brand, has handed its European account to Slam PR. It is about to launch a range of products including watches and leather goods.

Pulse Home Products has called in Brazen to handle PR for its Breville electrical appliances brand.

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