Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to resign if he is fined by Durham police for breaking lockdown rules. It’s risky, but from a PR perspective, has he done the right thing?
‘Neither party has done enough to convince voters’ – public affairs pros digest local election results
As the Conservatives lose 11 councils across the UK, including previous flagship London boroughs Wandsworth and Westminster, what are the implications of last week’s local election results?
'Partygate’ is firmly back in the news after Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were fined this week for breaking lockdown rules. What does the fallout mean for the domestic political agenda and for public affairs professionals?
Bill Browder, the activist investor and prominent critic of Vladimir Putin, has hinted that he plans to name PR firms that have helped the Russian President, describing it as a ‘huge problem that no one talks about’.
Public affairs pros have a crucial role to play to square off government desire for a smaller state with greater expectations from the public, according to a senior figure at WA Communications.
The consultation on a revised Code of Conduct for MPs has ended, with new rules on lobbying expected before the House of Commons after Easter.
The Liberal Democrat deputy leader Daisy Cooper has been named the most influential backbench MP following a public vote based on a 20-strong shortlist of politicians compiled by Pagefield.
Labour in Communications, the networking group for comms professionals who support the political party, has made former Labour leader Lord Neil Kinnock its first chair, alongside other senior appointments to its leadership team.
Collision of politics, business and ethics intensifies public affairs role in Russia-Ukraine invasion
Organisations must act holistically to navigate the policy, regulatory and reputational aspects of the Russian war in Ukraine as resolution and refugee support take centre stage, urge public affairs professionals.
Former Met Police director of comms James Helm has been appointed to lead the University of Cambridge’s comms operation.
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations has written to the Government calling for urgent changes to lobbying legislation in light of the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Data and digital political campaigning is coming of age but there is still very little understanding of how parties collect and use this data to target traditional canvassing and online advertising.
Underrepresentation of women in the public affairs sector must be challenged.
Downing Street communications director Jack Doyle was among four senior aides to resign yesterday as the Johnson administration moved from crisis to abject disarray.
PRWeek looks at some of the biggest appointments and departures in public affairs over the past year, from major agency shake-ups to senior hires by some of Britain’s biggest companies.
The absence of a proper ‘spin doctor’ in Downing Street - following the departure of Dominic Cummings a year ago - leaves the Prime Minister vulnerable to attack from all sides.
The recent bout of panic-buying at the petrol pumps is a reminder of how important good communication is in a crisis.
First it was non-essential shops, then restaurants, bars and sports stadiums, as nature began to heal and venues were able to reopen after the lifting of restrictions, but this autumn - to the excitement of political wonks - it will be the turn of party conferences, at least in part.
As the dust settles on last week’s reshuffle, I’ve been thinking about how the regular moving around of the ministerial deckchairs impacts those of us with the professional responsibility to help our clients understand and navigate the ever-shifting sands of government relations.
The BBC’s response to the Martin Bashir scandal has been to announce a “Review of Editorial Policies” and an investigation into the re-hiring of Bashir by the Corporation in 2016.
Whether it's been badged as "rebalancing the economy", or as Theresa May's short-lived "industrial strategy", the concept of 'levelling up' has been at the centre of political and economic thinking for years.
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