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Public affairs pros: 'Wining and dining no longer acceptable way to make policy'

Public affairs pros: 'Wining and dining no longer acceptable way to make policy'

Public affairs professionals discussed how making policy over leisurely lunches was no longer acceptable in an age of ethics and transparency at the PRCA's Public Affairs Conference.

Public affairs census: 'Westminster-centric, male dominated, white, right-leaning'

Public affairs census: 'Westminster-centric, male dominated, white, right-leaning'

The public affairs industry is London-centric, overwhelmingly white, is far more likely to be privately educated and leans Conservative, the first PRWeek and PRCA Public Affairs Census has revealed.

Saudi Arabia turns to influencers to give nation's image a makeover

Saudi Arabia turns to influencers to give nation's image a makeover

As war in Yemen rages on and controversy around Jamal Khashoggi's murder lingers, Saudi Arabia is turning to influencers to shed a positive light on the kingdom as it slowly opens up to tourism. The tactic is part of a broader PR offensive to improve perceptions in line with Mohammad bin Salman's 2030 Vision.

Pagoda PR chair Ian Coldwell dies

Pagoda PR chair Ian Coldwell dies

Ian Coldwell, 60, has passed away after battling a long illness.

Iran's 'token' effort to allow women into football 'a cynical publicity stunt'

Iran's 'token' effort to allow women into football 'a cynical publicity stunt'

Iran's highly-publicised effort to allow women to watch live football has been slammed as a 'cynical publicity stunt' by Amnesty International.

Watch: Everton Football Club praised for immersive technology use in public consultation

Watch: Everton Football Club praised for immersive technology use in public consultation

Senior academics have joined the boss of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in praising the club for its "innovative" approach to a public consultation for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool.

US comms agency adopts Lansons brand

US comms agency adopts Lansons brand

New York-based strategic communications consultancy Intermarket has changed its brand name, following its recent acquisition by reputation management consultancy Lansons.

Cascade Communications makes trio of senior hires

Cascade Communications makes trio of senior hires

Public policy, campaigning, development and planning specialist Cascade Communications has created a new senior advisory consulting team.

Exclusive: Robbie Gibb on the Downing Street years, Johnson's Brexit strategy and Naga Munchetty

Exclusive: Robbie Gibb on the Downing Street years, Johnson's Brexit strategy and Naga Munchetty

In his first major interview since leaving his government role to join Kekst CNC, Sir Robbie Gibb - Theresa May's former official spokesman - talks exclusively to PRWeek's public affairs bulletin about his comms legacy, the row over the BBC's Naga Munchetty and his advice to Boris.

Exclusive: Former CCHQ chief of staff returns to APCO Worldwide

Exclusive: Former CCHQ chief of staff returns to APCO Worldwide

Former CCHQ director of external relations and chief of staff to the chairman of the Conservative Party, Zoe Thorogood, is to return to APCO Worldwide as a senior director later this month, PRWeek can reveal.

Field Consulting wins major trade body account

Field Consulting wins major trade body account

The Home Builders Federation has appointed Field Consulting to deliver an integrated public affairs and corporate affairs brief to promote the interests of house-builders in the UK, and focusing on the essential role they play.

Unilabs hires comms director from global travel company

Unilabs hires comms director from global travel company

European diagnostic services provider Unilabs has appointed Alistair Hammond as its new director of communications.

Google hires Portland's Brexit head

Google hires Portland's Brexit head

Former Portland partner Victoria Dean has joined Google's public policy team.

'It was horrific': Exclusive interview with Thomas Cook comms chief Alice Macandrew

'It was horrific': Exclusive interview with Thomas Cook comms chief Alice Macandrew

Thomas Cook group comms director chief Alice Macandrew talks exclusively to PRWeek about her team's efforts to maintain confidence in consumers and suppliers until a last-ditch failure to secure government support scuppered rescue plans.

Crosby's firm CTF Partners 'investigated' for unregistered lobbying

Crosby's firm CTF Partners 'investigated' for unregistered lobbying

Sir Lynton Crosby's firm CTF Partners is under investigation over allegations its staff worked on Boris Johnson's campaign for PM without registering with the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.

Former London Labour Party director joins BECG

Former London Labour Party director joins BECG

Communications consultancy BECG has appointed Ali Craft as an associate director working from its London office.

TikTok bans political ads

TikTok bans political ads

Blanket ban comes at time when China's influence over social app is coming to light.

Opinion and features

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.

Flack on Friday: Labour's speech impediment, Trump trumped, pub-lic affairs, mystery client

Flack on Friday: Labour's speech impediment, Trump trumped, pub-lic affairs, mystery client

In Flack this week: Corbyn v Watson, Trump v Thunberg, man v mountain, cheeky chap's coverage, and the burning question for John Lennon.

Cummings tenure characterised by self-harm, hubris and Pyrrhic victories, but general election will decide his fate

Cummings tenure characterised by self-harm, hubris and Pyrrhic victories, but general election will decide his fate

Dominic Cummings masterminded the Vote Leave campaign to victory in the 2016 EU membership referendum by creating the 'Vote Leave, take back control' slogan.

Local government faces unprecedented comms challenge amid political chaos of Brexit

Local government faces unprecedented comms challenge amid political chaos of Brexit

Whatever happens on 31 October, local government comms professionals will have an essential role in dealing with the wide-ranging impact of Brexit.

Asking journalists to sign NDAs before you give them a story is illogical - and has wider implications for news

Asking journalists to sign NDAs before you give them a story is illogical - and has wider implications for news

Have you heard the one about a PR who asked a journalist to sign an NDA? It made a good story...

Are we still spending £100m to get ready for Brexit?

Are we still spending £100m to get ready for Brexit?

It's more complicated than it seems.

Brace yourself for a bumpy ride in public affairs this autumn

Brace yourself for a bumpy ride in public affairs this autumn

Most new Prime Ministers can expect a honeymoon period, but Boris Johnson will spend his first months in office focused on the UK's divorce from the EU.

The secrets of work-life balance at virtual agencies

The secrets of work-life balance at virtual agencies

Today, the notion of trust is constantly questioned in multiple ways and this lack of trust, in people and eco-systems, is seeping into the workforce - cue 'the crisis of confidence'.

There is so much more to public affairs than Brexit

There is so much more to public affairs than Brexit

The ongoing saga of leaving the EU may have stolen the spotlight, but a raft of other drivers mean the discipline is busier than ever.

Six ways PM Boris Johnson can recalibrate his message to business

Six ways PM Boris Johnson can recalibrate his message to business

In normal times a new Prime Minister would now be able to indulge in a honeymoon period, but these are not normal times. The UK is in the midst of its greatest peacetime political crisis in modern history and time is of the essence.

When PM Theresa May's PR flopped - and when her comms triumphed

When PM Theresa May's PR flopped - and when her comms triumphed

As she prepares to bow out, PRWeek rounds up the best and worst PR moments of Theresa May's Premiership.

Boris brings political uncertainty but his effect on public affairs will be minimal

Boris brings political uncertainty but his effect on public affairs will be minimal

Barring a miracle, Boris Johnson will be announced as the new Conservative leader - and our next Prime Minister - by lunchtime, but what will his premiership hold for public affairs, politics and Brexit?

Recent public/corporate affairs people moves

Edelman hires Wunderman Thompson exec as first global head of data, analytics

Edelman hires Wunderman Thompson exec as first global head of data, analytics

"I was like gum under his shoe," Richard Edelman said about efforts to court Yannis Kotziagkiaouridis to his agency.

Theresa May's former comms chief Sir Robbie Gibb joins PR agency

Theresa May's former comms chief Sir Robbie Gibb joins PR agency

Sir Robbie Gibb, former Downing Street comms chief under Theresa May, has joined Kekst CNC as a senior adviser to the agency.

Edelman promotes Matthew Harrington to global president

Edelman promotes Matthew Harrington to global president

'It's too big a job for me to do myself,' Richard Edelman said about handing off the president role to Harrington.

Global CCO Robert Gibbs to leave McDonald's

Global CCO Robert Gibbs to leave McDonald's

The fast-food chain is restructuring its global corporate relations function.

Brexit Secretary's special adviser joins Headland as associate director

Brexit Secretary's special adviser joins Headland as associate director

Consultancy Headland has poached Kenny Ferguson from his role as special adviser to Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay MP.

Brunswick Group hires ex-Treasury special adviser as London partner

Brunswick Group hires ex-Treasury special adviser as London partner

Strategic advisory firm Brunswick Group has appointed Duncan McCourt as a partner in the agency's London office, focusing on financial services clients and public affairs.