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 …

Crisis, what crisis?  Hopes for public relations at BledCom25

Ambitiously, the 25th annual BledCom conference set out to take on the problems of a world in crisis, and to find a role for public relations in dealing with these. The conference, concluded a few days ago, in Bled, Slovenia, has not shied away from examining central concerns in public relations practice.  Over the years, …

NHS birthday campaigns shows the power of storytelling

By Lorna Branton,  On the NHS’s 70th birthday I have been reflecting on my time as an NHS communicator. Working in the health service has always been to embrace change – whether a total restructure or a shift in emphasis, change is a key part of what we do. Right now, I think the NHS …

Building a bridge to Westminster

There may be different reasons for wanting to engage with Parliament, policy-makers and officials but outreach needs to be planned. If you want to build bridges into Westminster then follow these practical tips. There may some solid risk management reasons for engaging with Westminster, especially as various rulebooks face being ripped up post-Brexit. That is …

Communicating causes: the new bible for campaigners

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s 2014 prediction that the 21st Century would be the “era of the NGO” is an appropriate starting point for Communicating Causes – an all encompassing new book on the state of campaigning in the charity sector. The book, launched at a PRCA Charity and Not for Profit event last …

Scotland’s PR industry: ‘as distinct as Irn-Bru’

By Ruth MacLeod, chair of the CIPR Scotland group, Scotland has its own distinct way of handling things. We stand apart from the rest of the UK in our politics, education, NHS, legal system and love of Irn-Bru. Our PR sector is no different. More than 3,100 people work in PR in Scotland and around a …

Preparing CEOs for political engagement

Too often CEOs will talk a tough game but put them in front of politicians and they fail to deliver. In an era of Brexit, Trump and tariffs this needs to stop and public affairs can help. Speaking on the Today programme about the warning Airbus has issued about leaving the UK in the event …