11th September 2009
Westminster Lobbyists Rugby
Westminster Lobbyists is a rugby club with fun at its core. We play a series of games against other professions throughout the season and welcome new players of all abilities.
Westminster Lobbyists kick off this season with a game against the Civil Service Barbarians. Those who played last season will recall that CSSC Barbarians hosted the three-way tournament which the Lobbyists won last season, so this a great opportunity to start the season with a big win.
Details of the game are:
CSSC Barbarians vs. Lobbyists RFC
Date: Saturday 19 September.
Kick off: 1400 (so arrive at the ground no later than 1300)
Address: CSSC Sports Ground, Riverside Drive, Dukes Meadow, Chiswick, W4 2SH
Players of all abilities are welcome, so please do put your name down for a fun, social game of rugby. Email Karan Chadda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07866 423 638 for more information.
9th September 2009
Obama's democracy 2.0
A short briefing paper written by Delib on the subject of "Obama's democracy 2.0" detailing how President Obama used web2.0 to facilitate a more open and transparent form of governance.
The paper looks at in particular, the organisational changes Obama set in motion, provides practical examples of different project's' Obama's team have run in the past 8 months, as well as thoughts on what might happen next.
You can read an overview of the briefing paper in the Delib blog along with a full downloadable version here http://www.delib.co.uk/dblog/obamas-democracy-20/
Or, you can read the whole version online direct using Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/19524279/Obamas-democracy-20
7th September 2009
Sponsor the PubAffairs Netball Team
The PubAffairs Netball team is looking for a sponsor to support them in the Winter season.
The Team was established in 2003 and last season came second in the league. The 10 player squad is made up public affairs professionals who work in a range of settings including in-house, consultancy and parliament. The Team also has a growing pool of 'ringers' who are available during the season.
As the Team Sponsor your brand logo will feature prominently on the team playing kit, as well as brand promotion on the PubAffairs website and through the regular email bulletins read by over 3,000 public affairs professionals alongside the weekly match report. The sponsorship fee is £1,500 for the winter season.
To express interest in this opportunity, please contact Heather Marshall, Head of Public Affairs, Eye Health Alliance & Chair of the Health Hotel - email email@example.com or telephone 020 7202 8157 by Friday 11 September.
29th July 2009
Want to Join a Football Winning Side?
Westminster Wanderers are an established South London football club, with three teams in the Southern Sunday League and an occasional midweek side. We're always looking for new players of a good standard, particularly goalkeepers, midfielders or strikers, and welcome players of whatever experience.
Many of our players come from public affairs and public relations backgrounds and the club has always had a strong link with PubAffairs who sponsor one of the sides.
Last season we won the Southern Sunday League Cup, and the first division title. We also went on tour to Madeira on tour to Portugal, playing the ‘Legends’ sides of a number of Portuguese league clubs. This season we are planning to run a fourth team, and so are looking for new players.
The club has a pre-season programme with training sessions and pre-season fixtures, midweek and on Sunday mornings. You are welcome to join us for pre-season training and the club trial session will take place on Sunday 16th August at Battersea Park on the Astroturf from 10am.
If you want to join the club or are simply interested in finding our more, email Club Chairman Alex Aiken at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deputy Chairman Darren Caplan at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
24th July 2009
Conservatives Sweep Labour Aside in Norwich North
Conservative candidate Chloe Smith has won the Norwich North by-election by a majority of 7,348 to become the youngest MP in the Commons at the age of 27. Labour's Chris Ostrowski came second with 6,243 votes, having also been hospitalised due to suspected swine flu earlier in the week. Liberal Democrat April Pond finished third with 4,803. Turnout was just shy of 46%. Former MP Dr Ian Gibson had previously held a majority of 5,459 for the Labour Party.
22nd July 2009
PLMR Policy Digests - Social Care and Low Carbon Transition
PLMR (Political Lobbying and Media Relations) Ltd – industry specialists in the health, social care, life sciences and renewables sectors – cut through the Government’s latest policy offerings on Social Care and Low Carbon Transition to give you succinct digests of what stakeholders need to know about the developments that affect them.
PLMR has produced downloadable briefings on:
- The main points contained in the Department of Health’s Green Paper on the Reform of Adult Care and Support in England (pdf below) and
- The impact on the onshore wind energy sector of the UK Government’s Low Carbon Transition Plan.
17th July 2009
Westminster Cricket League
Download the current League Table standings in the Westminster Cricket League.
16th July 2009
Two UK MEPs Take Chair of Parliamentary Committees
Twelve of the European Parliament’s Committees have elected chairs and vice-chairs. Conservative MEP Malcolm Harbour will chair the influential Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee on behalf of the newly formed European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR). Economic and Monetary Affairs is to be chaired by Sharon Bowles (ALDE), with Labour’s Arlene McCarthy (S&D) as one of four Vice-Chairs; Liberal Democrat Liz Lynne (ALDE) continues as a Vice-Chair of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee; and Robert Sturdy (ECR) sits as a Vice-Chair on International Trade. The remaining Committees will take their decisions on 20 July.
16th July 2009
Get Elected - helping candidates to better reach and engage voters
Today sees the launch of Get Elected, a revolutionary new service offering campaign research and support to Prospective Parliamentary Candidates in the run up to the general election.
Often understaffed and overworked, candidates have to undertake a mountain of tasks in order to run a successful campaign. Get Elected offers the answer, providing quality campaign support on demand - 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
This innovative and fresh approach to campaigning is more cost effective than traditional options, meaning cut backs don’t have to compromise campaign strength. Get Elected ensures that every candidate can better reach out to and engage with voters.
Bringing together a network of young political enthusiasts, Get Elected is a pool of qualified researchers, of all party allegiance and political persuasion, for PPCs to draw upon. The researchers are divided into teams by political affiliation, so every candidate knows they have a researcher on their side.
James Knight, founder of the project, said:
“Too often candidates are under supported by their parties and unable to maximise their potential. This way, they can draw on the help just when and if they need it”
“We’re also trying to make good out of the recession. Cutbacks across all related areas, in political party staff, public affairs and think-tanks mean that well qualified researchers are now more flexible and willing to take out of hours work. We connect those excellent researchers to those who need it most – PPCs”
To find out more visit www.getelected.co.uk
For general and Conservative Party related enquiries contact James Knight on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07791 541409
For Labour Party enquiries contact Stewart Munn on email@example.com or 07733321831
15th July 2009
Buzek Elected President of European Parliament
European Parliamentarians have elected Polish MEP Jerzy Buzek from the EPP political grouping as their President for the first two-and-a-half-years of the Parliamentary session, voting in Strasbourg. The 59 year old is a former Prime Minister (1997-2001) and has been an MEP since 2004. Buzek took 555 of the votes to Eva-Britt Svensson’s 89. The election to the post was a formality, carved out through agreement between the main parties - the Socialists will hold the Presidency for the latter half of the session. Buzek said “it is both an enormous challenge and a great honour”. UK MEP Timothy Kirkhope of the new European Conservative and Reformist Party said that Mr Buzek appears to be "someone who will value the freedoms which this House wishes to have; the freedoms of expression, the freedoms also of looking ahead, of change and reform in Europe, and that this House must change and reform with it….You are someone who can embrace the changes which Europe needs now". Speaking on behalf of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group, Nigel Farage congratulated Mr Buzek, yet condemned the process of electing the new President as a "stitch-up" between the main parties.