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Keir Starmer’s performance praised by public affairs figures

Keir Starmer’s performance praised by public affairs figures

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, in his biggest speech to date, presented his case for being the next Labour Prime Minister at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool this afternoon.

News & analysis

Sir Keir Starmer at this year’s Labour Party conference in Liverpool (Pic credit: Getty Images)

Labour press office needs to improve, warns new report

The Labour Party press office needs to become quicker and more skilful, according to a report by professional comms networking group Labour in Communications.

Liz Truss (Future Publishing/Getty Images)

CIPR calls for greater Government transparency following Mark Fullbrook revelation

The CIPR has spoken out on the new No. 10 chief of staff’s ‘highly unusual arrangement’, after it was reported that he is being paid through his private lobbying firm to serve in the Government role.

Liz Truss (Getty Images)

What can public affairs pros expect from the Conservative Party Conference?

Prime Minister Liz Truss is under pressure to perform at next month’s Conservative Party Conference, amid a cost of living crisis and resurgent Labour Party, according to public affairs experts.

Sir Keir Starmer 'risks playing it too safely' (pic credit: Getty)

What can public affairs pros expect from the Labour Party Conference?

The Labour Party conference in Liverpool will see a break in tradition this weekend when delegates will sing the national anthem. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will pay tribute to the Queen before kicking off several days that will see the party make its case for being the next government.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at a press conference (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Hanbury to launch ‘Labour Unit’ as party leads polls

Hanbury Strategy is creating a dedicated unit with the aim of ‘helping clients engage with the Opposition and prepare for the prospect of a Labour government’.

Asra Shakoor

Fourtold hires ex-government affairs adviser

Asra Shakoor joins Fourtold’s London office, bringing a wealth of UK political communications and policy experience.

HFSS foods: pre-watershed TV ad ban already delayed (Getty Images/carlosgaw)

Government to review HFSS ad watershed plans

Liz Truss could reverse interventionist course set by Boris Johnson.

Dominic Cummings

Cabinet Office admits Dominic Cummings breached lobbying rules

The Cabinet Office has said that Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser failed to seek permission from the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) before launching a blog and promoting himself as a consultant.

Alex Wild, Simon McGee, Ruth Porter

Team Truss taking shape with raft of comms hires

The new Prime Minister has appointed her core communications team, which is dominated by individuals with links to several PR agencies.

Guto Harri

Guto Harri fires parting shot at Conservative Party

Boris Johnson’s director of comms, Guto Harri, launched a thinly veiled attack on the Conservative Party when he left his role yesterday.

Opinion & features

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.

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‘End of the Boris era’ – what next for Downing Street comms as Doyle resigns?

Downing Street communications director Jack Doyle was among four senior aides to resign yesterday as the Johnson administration moved from crisis to abject disarray.

Sarah Brown; Jeremy Swan; Nick Williams and Leila Ager; Josh Hardie

Biggest public affairs and political comms hires – and senior departures of 2021

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.

Where is Boris Johnson's equivalent of Bernard Ingham? asks Julian Henry

Boris Johnson is a sitting duck without a real PR guru in No.10

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.

(L-R) Alison Goldsworthy, Laura Osborne and Alex Chesterfield say that comms can move us towards 'thinking slow'

In a polarised world, comms must be used to counter ‘certainty’ of people's beliefs

The recent bout of panic-buying at the petrol pumps is a reminder of how important good communication is in a crisis.

Tensions between the Treasury and  No. 10 are likely as politics returns closer  to normal, warns Paddy Hennessey

Autumn brings a sense of foreboding for public affairs and political comms people

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.

A reshuffle is an opportunity for public affairs professionals to shine, argues Marc Woolfson

I love a reshuffle and, as a public affairs professional, so should you

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.