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Stuart Thomson, Public Affairs and Communications Consultant at Bircham Dyson Bell, has released his latest e-Book Public Affairs: News, Views and Hullabaloos.

PubAffairs members are entitled to a 50% discount on the £3.99 RRP. To take advantage of this offer, please visit the Urbane Publications website, and enter discount code “pubaff” during checkout.

The book is a series of extracts from Thomson’s unique and compelling blog, and offers valuable tips, hints and thoughts on public affairs and political communications. He covers the length and breadth of key issues and provides compelling arguments for the importance of crisis communications, media relations, social media project developments and local engagement in the political environment.

As blogger for Bircham Dyson Bell’s Public Affairs Blog and the author of Public Affairs in Practice, New Activism and the Corporate Response and The Dictionary of Labour Quotations, Thomsons’s reputation has seen him appear on the BBC and Sky News, judging for the PR Week and Public Affairs News awards. He now also blogs for leading news publisher, The Huffington Post.

Stuart Thomson commented: “My Public Affairs blog gives me the opportunity to highlight the issues that I think matter most and mix in some practical advice as well. Bringing them together in one book makes them more accessible and opens them up to a wider audience. This book will provoke and get people thinking about what we do in public affairs and how we do it.”

Comments about the book

“As someone who knows both the legal sector and the world of politics, Stuart’s blog posts are ideal for me. Lawyers and politicians sometimes have a rocky relationship, and so it’s essential that we have experts like Stuart around to keep both sides talking”.

Richard Messingham, Head of Public Affairs, The Law Society of England and Wales

“In my position I need to have my finger on the pulse of politics, both the official lines and the political gossip. Stuart Thomson’s blog gives me exactly what I need – the right mix of news and analysis on the important issues of the day.”

Kirsty McHugh, CEO, Employment Related Services Association

“Stuart’s postings are always well worth reading. He covers a wide range of different communications and political issues and is always able to bring interesting insights to them.”

Matthew Davies, Head of Communications, Asset Based Finance Association

“Stuart’s blog has established itself as a regular read for me. It provides critical insight and always makes me think twice about what we are doing. It is so good, I even tweet it!”

Ian Harvey, National Director, Civic Voice

“A key feature of my work is understanding the not for profit and public sectors within their wider political and public contexts. Stuart’s blog offers those key insights, often from an angle that I don’t see explored elsewhere.”

James Kirkland, Marketing and Business Development, Not for Profit, Grant Thornton UK LLP

“I always enjoy reading Stuart Thomson’s blog! You never stop learning new ideas about public affairs whatever your level of experience; and Stuart provides excellent insights and suggestions on what a public affairs practitioner needs to be looking out for and how he or she can improve their lobbying of and engagement with policy makers, influencers and officials. His blog is a must-read for anyone seeking to raise their public affairs game, and that of the organisation they represent.”

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association