Party Conferences and Communication part 1; the Liberal Democrats

In the first in a mini-series, Paula Keaveney MCIPR explores the importance of the Party Conference season in communicating with party members and the wider electorate.   Party political conferences are about more than a get together. They are opportunities for a party to communicate to a wider world as well as to some of …

The Politics of Infrastructure Has Changed… For The Worse

The announcement of Crossrail’s delay and cost overruns have been accompanied by ongoing media stories about similar issues with HS2. Such failures will undermine political and community support for infrastructure projects and something has to be done. It has to be remembered that both projects built on the hope and optimism generated by the Olympics.  …

What Makes A Good CEO In A Crisis?

We have all seen CEOs perform in times of a crisis for their organisation. But what are the main traits that help them to perform well? What makes a good CEO in a crisis? The type of pressure faced in times of a crisis is different from other forms. The time available to think and …

Reputation above all else? International Development Select Committee’s damning report

The publication of the International Development Select Committee report into “sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector” suggested that there had been “more concern for reputations than victims”. This approach from organisations is not just wrong but also inflicts more reputational damage.  Sometimes organisations need to inflict early reputational damage on themselves if they …

The Post Brexit Future Is All About Engagement

With key decisions about Brexit looming, many have focused on the personalities and political implications. They should instead be thinking about their future communications and political engagement. UK organisations need to think about Brussels and EU organisations need to think about Westminster. In the general vacuum that has been the Brexit negotiation process, the media …

Campaigners mustn’t feel chilled by the Lobbying Act

The turmoil in British politics increases daily – and with it the possibility of a General Election within the next 12 months. Such an election would mean that any activity currently underway which could be seen as influencing the way people vote would be covered by the Lobbying Act and Electoral Commission’s regulations. Recent research from the Sheila …

CIPR visits friends in the north

“How do you prepare for the unexpected and are you really ready if the very worst happens?” England had just gone out of the World Cup, the Prime Minister was under extreme pressure, two leading cabinet ministers had just resigned, Donald Trump was visiting the UK and it was Friday the 13th. The perfect day …

Wiltshire Council on Novichok crisis response

Wiltshire Council communication chief Laurie Bell told the story of the unfolding Novichok crisis in Salisbury at the CIPR Northern Conference in Newcastle. In March the UK government reported that Novichok, a Russian nerve agent, had been used in a poisoning attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Skripal is a …