New pro-Europe group seeks campaign help

Britain in Europe, the cross-party pressure group launched this week to promote British membership of the European single currency, is seeking its first campaigns manager.

Britain in Europe, the cross-party pressure group launched this

week to promote British membership of the European single currency, is

seeking its first campaigns manager.



The campaigns manager will report to Britain in Europe’s board, which is

headed by British Airways chairman Lord Marshall, and will be

responsible for co-ordinating the group’s PR strategy, heading a press

team whose size has yet to be decided.



Shandwick public affairs chief executive Colin Byrne is acting as

part-time campaigns manager until the post is filled. He is also

responsible for recruiting for the post.



Although Britain in Europe formally launched this week, its supporters

have been planning the group’s PR for the past six months, forming a

campaign management team last September.



Members of the team include Byrne, Alan Watson, chairman of

Burson-Marsteller Europe, and former Liberal Democrat communications

head Jane Bonham-Carter.



The team is headed by United News and Media chief executive and Labour

peer Lord Hollick.



Following its launch, the pressure group is planning a local public

information campaign across 125 towns in the UK, which will run from

next month until the European elections in June.



Watson said: ’The real input in PR terms will be through the campaign

management team. It will be a tough argument to win, but we think we

can.’



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