6th April 2010
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6th April 2010
Leaders Set Out Election Stalls as 6 May Date Confirmed
Gordon Brown has announced that the General Election will take place on Thursday 6 May, with Parliament dissolved on Monday 12 April. Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, flanked by his Cabinet, the Prime Minister said he will "go round the country, the length and breadth of our land. and I will take to the people a very straightforward and clear message: Britain is on the road to recovery and nothing we do should put that recovery at risk". Conservative Leader David Cameron took the timed opportunity between the Prime Minster leaving his audience with the Queen and his journey back to Number 10 to address the party faithful on the South Bank to launch his election-credentials proper, to fight for "the great ignored" and "take the case to the country, to the people of this country, about hope, optimism and change". Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg said "This isn't the old politics of a two-horse race between Labour and the Conservative Party. The real choice is between the old politics of Labour and Conservatives and something different, something new and that is what we offer". All three are fighting their first General Elections campaigns as Party Leaders.
30th March 2010
Diplomat PR acquires Stenström Consulting in Brussels
Diplomat PR, one of the leading Swedish public affairs and public relations companies, acquires Stenström Consulting in Brussels. Kajsa Stenström, Founder of Stenström Consulting, will become Partner and Managing Director of Diplomat PR’s Brussels office. Kajsa Stenström commented: “I am delighted to be joining forces with Diplomat PR – we have high ambitions for our Brussels development. The merger will benefit our customers and make future service offerings even more interesting”. The merger takes immediate effect.
29th March 2010
UK Public Affairs Council Launched by Lobbying Bodies
The Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC), the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) have announced the formal creation of the UK Public Affairs Council (UK PAC), which is expected to be fully operational by June 2010 and will be led by an independent Chairman.
UK PAC will be an independent body that will create and oversee a register of all who interact professionally with the institutions of government, or who advise on those interactions, underpinned by a set of Guiding Principles outlining appropriate ethical standards for all who lobby, the UKPAC will also monitor the detailed codes of conduct and disciplinary procedures held and enforced by its founding members. The terms of reference note that "The UK PAC will publish a register showing all organisations and individuals engaged in offering public affairs services that are members of one of the member bodies participating in the UK PAC. The Register will record the names of the organisations, the individuals working within them and, where relevant, any clients for whom public affairs services are provided. The Register will be completed quarterly". The terms of reference can be read here.
24th March 2010
Read Labour's final Budget before the General Election, Budget 2010: Securing the recovery text, stating the "Government’s objective to build a strong economy and a fair society, where there is opportunity and security for all". David Cameron said Labour "have made a complete mess of the British economy and they are totally failing to clean it up".
Following today’s Budget, the Insight Public Affairs team of political and media consultants have published a Budget summary, covering the key announcements and reaction. You can download it here from the Insight website.
23rd March 2010
Insight Public Affairs Election 2010 Briefing: Conservatives & the Third Sector
The issue of third sector commissioning of public services is high on the political agenda. Last week, ACEVO hosted a summit with the Conservative Party attended by several Shadow Cabinet Members and Shadow Ministers. Please find below your downbloadable Insight Public Affairs briefing which sets out the opportunity, and analyses some of the key questions and challenges, entitled 'From rhetoric to reality: Conservative plans for delivering an increased role for the third sector'.
5th March 2010
hanover opens Brussels office with Hierholzer hire
London-based agency hanover communications international has hired the head of Weber Shandwick’s Brussels public affairs practice, Christian Hierholzer, to lead hanover’s new Brussels office as Managing Director from April. hanover international Managing Director Charles Lewington said: “It is the right time for us to be launching our Brussels office, building a genuinely pan-European team to offer our integrated communications solutions to clients. We have talked to a number of senior figures in the Brussels scene and were flattered by the interest of so many in our plans. Christian has a strong intellectual grasp of the key issues affecting our major corporate clients and a brilliant understanding of the strategic drivers of business. We are expecting great things from him”.
23rd February 2010
Westminster Lobbyists RFC vs CSSC Barbarians 28 February
Westminster Lobbyists RFC has a return fixture against the BaaBaas on Sunday 28 February. The first game between the clubs was a hotly contested, high-scoring draw so this is a must-win game. Details are as follows:
Match Details: Westminster Lobbyists RFC vs. CSSC Barbarians
Date: Sunday 28 February
Meeting time: 1300 (kick off at 1400)
Address: Kilburn Cosmos, Gladstone Park, Anson Road, NW2 (map)
Nearest Tubes are Dollis Hill and Willesden Green (Jubilee line, no engineering works are planned). Also close to A5 and A406.
Those who played in the first fixture will recall that CSSC Barbarians are a friendly bunch so it should be a fun day out in Gladstone Park with some decent banter. If you haven't played in a while (however long or short a while that may be) or are a newcomer, this is a great opportunity to get back on the pitch. New players are always welcome so if you’d like to join us get in touch with Karan Chadda at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07866 423 638. Don't forget that there's a small match fee of £5 for all players to cover pitch hire, kit washing, etc.
19th February 2010
Purnell to Quit Parliament
James Purnell, former minister and MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, has announced he is to quit Parliament at the General Election. An MP since 2001, Purnell previously held the positions of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and dramatically quit the Cabinet at the close of the ballot boxes in 2009's local and European elections. He said “I have today told the executive committee of my local Party that I do not wish to be the candidate for Stalybridge and Hyde at the next General Election. I have been proud to represent the people of Stalybridge and Hyde. And this has been an extremely difficult decision to make. But I have decided that I no longer wish to be an MP. I have spent all my working life in or about Westminster. And while this has been a huge privilege, I've realised I don’t want to have spent all my life in frontline politics". Purnell will continue as Director of the Open Left project at the think-tank Demos, the aim of which is "about rediscovering the Left’s idealism, pluralism and appetite for radical ideas".
9th February 2010
Insight Public Affairs: Parliamentary Candidates to Watch - Volume 2
More MPs are standing down at the coming general election than at any time since 1945 (138 and counting). That’s why Insight have published the second volume of our ‘Parliamentary Candidates to Watch’.
Profiling an additional 32 candidates who are likely to be key players during the next parliament, we have identified the individuals who should not only win their seats but who have the background and experience that suggests they have the makings of ministers, future party leaders or influential backbenchers. The new publication is available for direct download below - alternatively you can download it from our homepage. If you didn’t see Volume 1 of our PPC Guide you can also download it here.