Public First pounces for Whitehall comms chief Milland

21 June 2017

New consultancy Public First has signalled its intention to be a major player in UK public affairs by hiring "the best media relations operative in Whitehall".

The agency set up by former...

Changing of the guard at APPC as Bristow takes over from Glover

20 June 2017

PB Consulting founder Paul Bristow has set out his priorities for the Association of Professional Political Consultants after being elected as the new chair as last night's AGM.

Bristow is...

Cicero launches consumer practice as clients demand ‘creativity’

16 June 2017

Corporate and public affairs agency Cicero Group is taking the radical step of opening a consumer division.

The agency was set up by Iain Anderson in 2001 and has established itself as a...

John Lehal: Real power once again resides on the backbenches

26 June 2017

British politics has moved at an astounding pace since 2015, but the days since the 2017 general election seem to have passed by at a snail’s pace. The inconclusive election result, punctuated on...

Giles Kenningham: It's time for third parties to grab the Brexit agenda

19 June 2017

We are in a new world. The political landscape has dramatically changed. And no one is all powerful. In the current state of political flux third parties can make the political weather.

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Carl Thomson: Seven tips for moving into public affairs

2 June 2017

An election campaign is often a time when parliamentary researchers start to think about moving on to their next role. For some, an election can be a milestone that prompts them to consider their...

Lunch with...Nikki da Costa

19 May 2017

Some of my PAN lunches are fun. Some of my PAN lunches are serious. Happily, my lunch with Nikki da Costa was both. She takes things seriously, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously....

How Brexit fears have shaken the foundations of UK public affairs

13 April 2017

"It’s more like therapy than consultancy,” says one leading lobbyist of his work advising clients on Brexit. "They all think: Oh my God what's next?"

The leap from lobbying to therapy may...

Lunch with... Robert Khan

12 April 2017

In an industry where people tend to switch jobs more frequently than Douglas Carswell switches parties, it’s gratifying to find someone with loyalty to an organisation. Or to two organisations in...