The latest public affairs and politics news, opinion and features.
Got a story? Contact Ian Griggs on 020 8267 4893 or ian.griggs@haymarket.com.

News and news analysis

Former media and tech minister Ed Vaizey joins consultancy

Former media and tech minister Ed Vaizey joins consultancy

Former minister for culture, communications and creative industries minister Ed Vaizey will join FTI Consulting as a full-time senior advisor to its technology, media and telecoms practice.

Ex-Daily Mail comms boss joins challenger bank in top corporate affairs role

Ex-Daily Mail comms boss joins challenger bank in top corporate affairs role

Challenger bank Cashplus has appointed Alex Moorhouse as corporate affairs director.

Don't mislead voters on Twitter again, Conservative social-media chiefs warned

Don't mislead voters on Twitter again, Conservative social-media chiefs warned

Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) misled voters by rebranding its Twitter profile to resemble an independent fact-checking organisation during the first general election leaders debate, the social-media platform said last night.

Snapchat fact-checks political ads, CEO says

Snapchat fact-checks political ads, CEO says

Co-founder Evan Spiegel weighs in on debate over accountability of social networks.

Who are the top political 'influencers'? Deadline extended to nominate for PRWeek/PRCA project

Who are the top political 'influencers'? Deadline extended to nominate for PRWeek/PRCA project

PRWeek readers are urged to nominate the individuals they consider to be the most significant social media influencers affecting UK politics, and be included in a major upcoming feature in PRWeek.

UK agencies win global briefs to support carbon offset schemes

UK agencies win global briefs to support carbon offset schemes

Brands2Life and Manifest are providing support to reforestation schemes and offsetting their own carbon footprints.

General Election Panel: Tories energised as Brexit Party blinks first

General Election Panel: Tories energised as Brexit Party blinks first

Each week, our General Election Panel of political communications and public affairs experts from across the spectrum, will pass judgement on the highlights and missteps of the campaigns as the UK marches toward polling day.

Portland appoints director in Singapore

Portland appoints director in Singapore

Georgina Mallory returns to the agency after a government stint in London.

Who are the top political 'influencers'? Nominate now for PRWeek/PRCA project

Who are the top political 'influencers'? Nominate now for PRWeek/PRCA project

PRWeek readers are urged to nominate the individuals they consider to be the most significant social media influencers affecting UK politics.

Former Newington COO Naomi Harris joins public affairs consultancy

Former Newington COO Naomi Harris joins public affairs consultancy

Public affairs and communications consultancy WA Communications has appointed former Newington COO Naomi Harris as a director.

Exclusive: Virgin Media corporate affairs chief exits in restructure

Exclusive: Virgin Media corporate affairs chief exits in restructure

Virgin Media chief corporate affairs officer Brigitte Trafford has left the telecoms giant as part of a wider restructure of the company's executive team, PRWeek can reveal.

Revealed: The industry professionals standing in the general election

Revealed: The industry professionals standing in the general election

A diverse mix of public-affairs and comms professionals, ranging from senior figures to those with relatively little experience, hope to become MPs at next month's general election.

General Election Panel: Conservatives misfire as parties move into full campaign mode

General Election Panel: Conservatives misfire as parties move into full campaign mode

Each week, our General Election Panel of political communications and public affairs experts from across the spectrum, will pass judgement on the highlights and missteps of the campaigns as the UK marches toward polling day.

Former Vote Leave campaigner and education specialist to join Public First

Former Vote Leave campaigner and education specialist to join Public First

Campaigns and policy consultancy Public First is adding two senior people, from the CBI and Crown Estates, to its senior team.

Google names new VP of comms and public affairs

Google names new VP of comms and public affairs

Google has promoted Lily Lin to VP of communications and public affairs.

Exclusive: Portland founder Tim Allan steps down

Exclusive: Portland founder Tim Allan steps down

One of the UK's most successful political-corporate advisors, Tim Allan, is leaving the agency, Portland, he founded 18 years ago to pursue other interests.

People's Vote campaign staff strike back against Finsbury's Roland Rudd following sackings

People's Vote campaign staff strike back against Finsbury's Roland Rudd following sackings

Angry staff within the People's Vote campaign group have retaliated against the sacking of two of the organisation's key employees by its chairman, Finsbury founder Roland Rudd, by writing letters to his agency's clients and parent company.

Opinion and features

The Election Diaries: leaders deadlocked following debate and voters view them as 'weasel, fox, snake, or sloth'

The Election Diaries: leaders deadlocked following debate and voters view them as 'weasel, fox, snake, or sloth'

The turning point for me in the 2017 campaign was when a focus group participant told me that she'd trust Theresa May to look after her house when she went on holiday - but not to look after her pet cat.

The Election Diaries: 'It doesn't matter to me - they're all a bunch of clowns'

The Election Diaries: 'It doesn't matter to me - they're all a bunch of clowns'

PRWeek has partnered strategy and insight consultancy BritainThinks to take the temperature of the nation and its response to politicians' attempts to win their votes in the weeks leading up the general election.

Mental Health First Aiders in PR: on the wellbeing front line

Mental Health First Aiders in PR: on the wellbeing front line

As the stigma around discussing mental-health issues reduces, more firms are taking steps to ensure their employees' wellbeing. PRWeek meets four people trained in Mental Health First Aid.

The Election Diaries: Mood of the nation is 'divided, angry and broken'

The Election Diaries: Mood of the nation is 'divided, angry and broken'

PRWeek has partnered strategy and insight consultancy BritainThinks to take the temperature of the nation and its response to politicians' attempts to win their votes in the weeks leading up the general election.

Political messaging: there will be not one general election, but 650 local ones

Political messaging: there will be not one general election, but 650 local ones

One of Labour's leading advisers recently did an audit of the plans for digital campaigning and, after a full presentation, still wasn't satisfied. When asked why, they replied: 'The strategy can't be the right one - I've never seen one of our ads.'

'Increased dark social sharing': What Twitter's ban on political advertising tells us

'Increased dark social sharing': What Twitter's ban on political advertising tells us

Twitter's ban on political advertising plays to its strengths, but what does it say about Facebook's position and the and the future of political advertising on social media platforms?

Four ways not to do diversity comms

Four ways not to do diversity comms

At most large corporates, the idea that diversity and inclusion isn't just the right thing to do, but 'makes business sense too', has become a mantra, with 'D&I' getting dedicated channel and comms space.

Tulchan's hiring of Ruth Davidson does a disservice to our industry

Tulchan's hiring of Ruth Davidson does a disservice to our industry

I respect Andrew Grant. He runs a successful company, and in my dealings with him, he has always been a clever, insightful man who doesn't take himself too seriously.

Public spat over Tulchan hiring Ruth Davidson MSP is unfortunate and unnecessary

Public spat over Tulchan hiring Ruth Davidson MSP is unfortunate and unnecessary

This was supposed to be a good week.

Public affairs' continuing failure to attract and retain women is a dispiriting lost opportunity

Public affairs' continuing failure to attract and retain women is a dispiriting lost opportunity

The public affairs industry needs to change; that much is clear from the polling we've done of women working across the sector.

Three pieces of friendly comms advice for Extinction Rebellion

Three pieces of friendly comms advice for Extinction Rebellion

During the past 10 days Extinction Rebellion has taken over our capital city and conducted a sustained, high-profile, high-impact campaign, that I think few of us have ever seen in London before (apart from the last one!).

Once again, a sitting MP has brought the lobbying industry into disrepute

Once again, a sitting MP has brought the lobbying industry into disrepute

The allegations reported in The Guardian that a sitting MP lobbied for firms he was paid to advise has a depressingly familiar ring to it and unfairly tarnishes the reputation of the lobbying industry.

PRs should encourage think tanks to say who funds them

PRs should encourage think tanks to say who funds them

Policy Exchange's senior fellow Richard Walton was interviewed on Radio 4's Today Programme on Monday morning.

We are in an attention recession and only communications can rescue us

We are in an attention recession and only communications can rescue us

The faster the better, we've always been told: faster-moving queues are definitely good, faster delivery of your online purchase, even better.

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

FTI hires ex-Times leader writer and private equity trade body chief

FTI hires ex-Times leader writer and private equity trade body chief

FTI Consulting has hired Tim Hames, former director general of the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA), as a senior advisor in its strategic communications arm in London.

Landsec names new corporate affairs and sustainability chief as incumbent steps down

Landsec names new corporate affairs and sustainability chief as incumbent steps down

Landsec, the UK's biggest commercial property development and investment firm, has promoted Caroline Hill to group corporate affairs and sustainability director on the retirement of Miles Webber, PRWeek has learned.

Just briefly: Account wins and people moves

Just briefly: Account wins and people moves

A roundup of the latest industry news.

Nationwide's campaigns and public policy manager to step down

Nationwide's campaigns and public policy manager to step down

Tanya Joseph, who was behind Sport England's highly acclaimed This Girl Can campaign, will step down from her role at the end of the month.

Charity Commission's comms chief to become CEO of youth foundation

Charity Commission's comms chief to become CEO of youth foundation

Sarah Atkinson, executive director for strategy, policy and communications at the Charity Commission, has been appointed chief executive of the Social Mobility Foundation. She will take up her new role in January.

Nissan appoints global corporate comms head

Nissan appoints global corporate comms head

Lavanya Wadgaonkar will be based in Japan and will report directly to the CCO.