Why Corbyn is winning and what it means for public affairs

Why Corbyn is winning and what it means for public affairs

A number of factors are propelling Jeremy Corbyn towards success in his Labour leadership bid.  So what started as an attempt to shake up Labour’s policy orthodoxy – an accommodation with austerity – looks increasingly likely to result in outright victory for Corbyn’s anti-austerity pitch.   Read more

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A momentous decision has been made, or has it?

A momentous decision has been made, or has it?

When David Cameron commissioned Sir Howard Davies in 2012 he must have thought that 2015 seemed a long way away, and he may have imagined that it would be Ed Miliband making the decision on Heathrow expansion or he would at least have Liberal Democrats in his Government to blame for his hands being tied. Read more

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Connect swoops for Sawford

Connect swoops for Sawford

Connect Communications owner Gill Morris has appointed former Corby MP, Andy Sawford, as the agency’s new Chief Executive.

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Sweet Chinese dreams

Sweet Chinese dreams

The 6th PAA Government Affairs Forum in Beijing saw 100 Chinese Government Relations professionals grappling with President Xi Jinping’s plans for global economic dominance. Read more

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Manifestos, posters, debates – it’s almost like there’s an election soon

Manifestos, posters, debates – it’s almost like there’s an election soon

Connect Account Manager David Button writes for PubAffairs on the week’s developments as manifestos are published, interviews and debates take place, and we learn that Geography isn’t some people’s strong suit. The original article can be found here.

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Proud to be a lobbyist

Proud to be a lobbyist

Our Chief Executive Gill Morris writes for the Public Relations Institute of Australia after giving a webinar on lobbying. This is her article on why she is proud to be a lobbyist which can be found here.

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Apprenticeships: Beyond the ‘oily rag’

Apprenticeships: Beyond the ‘oily rag’

Ahead of National Apprenticeships Week this week, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, for which Connect provides the secretariat, launched the results of the second annual Industry Apprentice Council (IAC) survey of industry apprentices, which made for worrying reading.

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A look down under reveals a flawed register

A look down under reveals a flawed register

The UK is seeking to emulate Australia on lobbying regulation, but my Australian journey showed me that we are already light years ahead.

Read Gill Morris’ opinion piece published on the Public Affairs News website today.

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Six months into public affairs

Six months into public affairs

Now in its tenth year of formal graduate recruitment, Connect Communications is delighted to welcome new Graduate Trainee Charlotte Wells to the team. To help Charlotte on her way, our two most recent graduates Melanie Pope and Leonie Blakeway reflect on their first six months in public affairs.

Full blog published on the PubAffairs website.

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In other news – the Lobbying Act goes live tomorrow!

In other news – the Lobbying Act goes live tomorrow!

Part 2 of the Lobbying Act goes live on September 19th. In danger of being entirely swamped out in the media by the referendum result this is in fact extremely important for public, third and indeed private sector organisations who now have to try and comply with a law which seeks to regulate their campaigning activity.

The all important question is what is and what is not a campaign according to the new Act, which was described as both messy and pernicious when it  passed through Parliament earlier this year. Connect Communications have produced a full briefing paper – available here – but here is the short version!

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