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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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Who is winning the UK political social media battle?

Who is winning the UK political social media battle?

Meltwater and The Holmes Report have created an infographic of the UK’s political social media scene. The report focuses on the volume and sentiment of online buzz for David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, from May to September of this year, searching through more than 200 million sources to provide insight into the popularity […]

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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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Public Affairs: Soap Box | PRWeek

Public Affairs: Soap Box | PRWeek

This week’s PRWeek Public Affairs: Soap Box is a short op-ed by me on the importance of social media to public affairs professionals. This is the original piece, before I edited it down to fit PRWeek’s word count. As party conference season ends we’ve seen how all of the political parties have enthusiastically adopted social […]

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