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CIPR calls on Labour to go further with lobbying reforms

CIPR calls on Labour to go further with lobbying reforms

The Labour Party’s proposed lobbying reforms are a step in the right direction but do not go far enough, according to The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

News & analysis

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PR agency founder launches London Mayoral bid

Alex Challoner, founder of Cavendish Communications, has announced he is standing to become the Conservative Party’s candidate at next year’s election for Mayor of London.

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Glen Echo Group, BerlinRosen launch joint European office

The Amsterdam location will expand EU outreach for both agencies.

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PRCA and CIPR welcome new lobbying rules for MPs

A new Code of Conduct for MPs, which bans them from acting as paid lobbyists, has been welcomed by the CIPR and PRCA.

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Which MPs have family links to lobbying?

A dozen MPs have relatives or partners who are lobbying the public sector.

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Nicola Sturgeon: ‘The perfect example of the power of comms’

PR professionals have lauded the comms skills of Nicola Sturgeon after yesterday’s shock announcement that she is standing down as Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party after eight years.

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CIPR calls for crackdown on rogue APPGs

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is supporting calls by Lord McFall, speaker of the House of Lords, and his House of Commons counterpart, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, for reform of the regulations governing All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).

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Qorvis completes management buyout, splits from Publicis Groupe

The DC-based firm known for its work with government entities will retain its name, but launch a new brand identity in the coming weeks.

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Kemi Badenoch poaches HS2 media chief as first comms spad

International trade secretary Kemi Badenoch has appointed Dylan Sharpe, ex-head of media at HS2 and a former head of broadcast at Downing Street, as her special adviser on communications.

From left: Duncan Hames, policy director, Transparency International; Rachael Clamp, CIPR's 2024 president; Sam Coates, deputy political editor, Sky News; Paul Bristow MP, at the launch of the Lobbying for Good Lobbying campaign.

CIPR takes the fight for lobbying reform to Westminster

The CIPR is mobilising MPs in a new campaign to build greater transparency and openness in the democratic process by reforming lobbying laws.

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Cicero hires former chair of Labour Party’s governing body

Alice Perry, outgoing chair of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), is set to join H/Advisors Cicero’s UK public affairs team as a director.

Opinion & features

Michelle Donelan and Nadine Dorries

Channel 4 – how PR and public affairs helped stave off privatisation

Rumours about the demise of Channel 4 have surrounded the broadcaster ever since it was launched in 1982. But the Government’s decision to launch a formal consultation over Channel 4’s future, in July 2021, marked the start of a battle for survival.

Hot off the press: PRWeek’s 22 most-read articles of 2022

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From the diary of a Cannes virgin and the newest agencies to watch to the Top 150 consultancies and the biggest people moves of the year.

PRWeek’s 22 most-read comment articles of 2022

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From tips on recruiting working-class talent to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield and all things royal, PRWeek UK reveals its most-read articles of the year.

UK Communicators of the Year 2022 (numbers 10-6) revealed by PRWeek

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Who got their message across most effectively in this chaotic year?

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Starmer can capitalise on recent events if he can be more compelling

The last fortnight has sent Labour rocketing in the polls and the Conservatives spiralling into disunity. How much has communications played a role in these unprecedented two weeks?

Moray Macdonald

The man who would be prime minister

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer made a big impact with his speech at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, but can he go the distance and emerge victorious at the next general election?

Sonia Khan

A Truss premiership is exciting for the comms landscape

Liz Truss has always been a disrupter, and not just in policy – in her communications style, too.

Race for PM - who has the best PR?

The contest for leadership of the Conservative Party is on, and the field is unusually crowded. So how are their campaigns going?

Digital campaigning in 2022 - the hyper-local election

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.

Tanya Joseph

Breaking the bias in public affairs

Underrepresentation of women in the public affairs sector must be challenged.