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Edelman Capital Staffers Index 2011

Edelman Capital Staffers Index 2011

Edelman and StrategyOne, its global public affairs team, has just released the 2011 Capital Staffers Index which ‘analyses top trends in global public affairs and communications.’ It’s the third such annual report and is based on interviews with more than 500 senior staffers (legislative directors and above – not sure what job title this translates […]

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Bell Pottinger Uzbekistan: a maelstrom in a teacup?

Bell Pottinger Uzbekistan: a maelstrom in a teacup?

It seems a month can’t go by without Bell Pottinger, the UK’s self-styled ‘leading’ lobbying company, embroiling itself in a scandal. Today’s Independent article has certainly sparked off a plethora of criticism and commentary, much of it ill-informed and ill-conceived. It’s important to try and separate fact from fiction and cut through the spin on […]

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Social media campaigning in Westminster

Social media campaigning in Westminster

Building an effective social media campaign was the theme of a Hansard Society and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) roundtable I attended in Portcullis House at Westminster last week. It was a two part event with the first half consisting of campaign ‘insiders’ and the second of campaign ‘observers’. The first half was chaired […]

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Liam Fox and Adam Werritty put lobbying back on the agenda

Liam Fox and Adam Werritty put lobbying back on the agenda

The Liam Fox and Adam Werritty saga has absolutely nothing to do with legitimate public affairs practice, but unfortunately it has served to put lobbying firmly back in the media and political spotlight. Today’s Guardian has an interesting article that analyses the coalition government’s meetings with external representatives in the first 10 months of coming […]

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Russian Embassy digital barbecue

Russian Embassy digital barbecue

On Thursday I was a guest of Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the Russian Embassy in London. The embassy was hosting an invite only reception for ‘top British bloggers‘. The event kicked off with two lively and informative panel discussions. Both discussions were chaired by Mark Flanagan, the former Head of Strategic and Digital Communications in […]

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PDF General Election 2010 – Action Replay

I’m looking forward to tonight’s Personal Democracy Forum General Election 2010 – Action Replay at the Royal Society of the Arts. Speakers include two the leading political strategists in the USA – Mindy Finn and Joe Trippi, along with PDF’s founder Andrew Rasiej. From the UK there is Stella Creasy MP, Labour’s new MP in […]

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Social media and YouTube to get you voting

Iain Dale and Total Politics magazine have released a cracking YouTube video of Bucks Fizz’s Eurovison winner ‘Making Your Mind Up’ to encourage people to vote. It features a host of famous political figures and celebrities including Alastair Campbell, Ann Widdicombe, Nigel Farage, Chris Mullin, Phil Willis, Peter Tatchell, Lynne Featherstone, all-party band MP4 and […]

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