Hume Brophy hits up ‘formidable’ former Labour MP Iain Wright

13 November 2017

Former Labour MP and business select committee chair Iain Wright has joined PR and public affairs firm Hume Brophy as a senior adviser.

Wright becomes the latest ex-MP to enter the public...

Hanover hits up former aide to shadow defence secretary

10 November 2017

Hanover has appointed former Labour adviser Kelly-Anne Thomas as an account director.

Thomas joins Hanover from industry trade association ADS, where she served as defence policy adviser...

Crick to chase down winners of 2017 Public Affairs Awards

9 November 2017

Six public affairs agencies are in the running to be named Consultancy of the Year at the 2017 Public Affairs Awards, to be hosted by the intrepid Channel 4 News political correspondent Michael...

Philip Brooks: Opportunities lie in the uncertainties of Brexit

20 October 2017

Never has a quote by Donald Rumsfeld, which at the time was somewhat mocked, been so apt.

"There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns;...

Giles Kenningham: Political mines await the PM at Tory conference

28 September 2017

My old boss Eric Pickles used to say that no one ever remembered successful conferences. And he was right. To some extent you have everything to lose and not a lot to gain.

Events are...

Mark Flanagan: The perils of predictions in public affairs

1 September 2017

When you hear the names Dogger, Fisher, German Bight you immediately think of the Shipping Forecast, which has just celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Met Office claims the forecast is accurate...

Lunch with... Burhan Al-Gailani

14 November 2017

Burhan Al-Gailani and I met up for lunch as one of the craziest party conference seasons in years was making its impact felt. So. How did he see the political scene?

"There’s a new reality...

Getting cosy with Corbyn: how lobbyists are ‘doing Labour again’

4 September 2017

If the 2017 general election was a political earthquake, then few professions in the UK have felt the reverberations more than lobbyists.

When Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader in...

Lunch with... Elin De Zoete

29 August 2017

Elin and I met for lunch with the lobbying world still quaking from the general election. I was intrigued to discover if she was one of those Labour lobbyists who were shocked and pleased with...