8th February 2008
Scottish Labour Leader Cleared over Donation
The Electoral Commission concluded it would not be "appropriate or in the public interest" to refer Scottish Labour Leader Wendy Alexander to the Procurator Fiscal after its "investigation into the acceptance by Wendy Alexander MSP of a donation of £950 from Paul Green, an individual not registered to vote in the UK, and the recording of that donation as having been received from a UK registered company. The Electoral Commission has decided not to make a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service." Read the full press release.
7th February 2008
ComKnow Announces Relaunch
ComKnow has announced a major relaunch of its professional development programme, together with unveiling a new Advisory Panel comprising senior public affairs and communications practitioners. The relaunch has been overseen by ComKnow’s new Managing Director Rebecca Smith who has introduced a new suite of events and professional development courses for 2008.
7th February 2008
Phone-tap Evidence in Criminal Cases
Read the Prime Minister's Statement to Parliament on the potential use of intercept material (phone-tapped conversations) as evidence in criminal cases. Gordon Brown accepted the recommendations of the independent report by Sir John Chilcot. The Liberal Democrats said the use of intercept evidence is overdue.
6th February 2008
US Presidential Nomination Race
Provisional results for states won on Super Tuesday in the US Presidential nomination race.
Hillary Clinton: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona, California.
Barack Obama: Georgia, Illinois, Delaware, Alabama, Utah, North Dakota, Kansas, Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado, Missouri, Idaho, Alaska.
John McCain: Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Oklahoma, Arizona, Missouri, California.
Mitt Romney: Massachusetts, Utah, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota.
Mike Huckabee: West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee
5th February 2008
Government Skills Shifts from Cabinet Office
In a written ministerial statement to Parliament, Gordon Brown announced that the sector skills council for central government, Government Skills, will move to the Department for Innovation, University and Skills from the Cabinet Office on 1 April.
4th February 2008
Straw Statement on HMP Woodhill Inquiry
Read the oral statement made by Jack Straw, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, to the House of Commons on an inquiry into the alleged events at Woodhill Prison.
4th February 2008
PASC 2nd Session Lobbying Inquiry: Uncorrected Oral Evidence Transcript
Read the uncorrected transcript of oral evidence from the second hearing of the Public Administration Select Committee Inquiry into the lobbying industry. Evidence from witnesses Dr William Dinan, Spinwatch, Professor David Miller, Spinwatch and Peter Facey, Unlock Democracy. [Note: neither witnesses nor Members have had the opportunity to correct the record. The transcript is not yet an approved formal record of these proceedings]
The third evidence session with John Greenway MP, Nick Harvey MP and Rt Hon Ian McCartney MP that had originally been due to take place on 31 January is to be rescheduled.
4th February 2008
Launch of 'PubAffairs Pitch' service: ASDA PUBLIC AFFAIRS
ASDA PUBLIC AFFAIRS
We are inviting tenders for our public affairs work. As part of our normal advisor review process we are benchmarking the service we receive from our current agency. The account is a combination of intelligence gathering, analysis of issues and monitoring of Westminster and Whitehall. The current incumbent - or their replacement - will report into Bernard Hughes, Head of Public Affairs and Guy Mason, Public Affairs Manager. Presentations of the successful short listed agencies will take place on 13th February in central London. The presentation will be to Bernard, Guy and to Paul Kelly, Director of Corporate Affairs for ASDA.
We would be happy to hear from agencies that are not conflicted and feel able to add value to our current in house operations. The deadline for receipt of credentials is 9am on Friday 8th February. Short listed agencies will be informed the next day and will be invited to meet us on 13th Feb.
The 'PubAffairs Pitch' service provides clients with an efficient and effective mechanism for publishing details of tendering information to public affairs consultancies and the wider public affairs industry. For details about circulating your invitation to tender please contact Phil Murphy phil@PubAffairs.org
1st February 2008
Home Office Consults on UK Visa System
Immigration Minister Liam Byrne has launched a national, and international, consultation on updating Britain's visa system. Questions raised include the creation of a separate category for people wanting to visit family in the UK and visa sponsors facing penalties if family members do not comply with visa conditions. Byrne said: "I'm clear our visit visa system is out of date".
31st January 2008
Tory MP's 10 Day Commons Suspension
MPs have agreed to suspend Conservative MP Derek Conway from the Commons for 10 days over the misuse of public funds to pay his son. He has also been ordered to return up to £13,161 of the money paid out. After having the Tory whip removed on Tuesday, Conway has since confirmed he will not seek to be selected to contest his seat in the next General Election.