Archive | Government

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 […]

Continue Reading ·
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 […]

Continue Reading ·
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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

Labour manifesto launch

Labour’s manifesto launch is a bit different to what a lot of people were expecting. Usually general election manifestos are only bought and read by real political junkies*. But the problem with that is that most people just see what the media chooses to report, they don’t actually get to see the real policies free […]

Continue Reading ·