LONDON—Ken Livingstone, London’s Mayor, has appointed Bell Pottinger Public Affairs to help push through the proposed Greater London Authority Bill, which would give broader powers to the Mayor and the London assembly in areas including housing, climate change, planning, waste, health and culture as the city prepared to host the 2012 Olympics. According to a spokeswoman for Livingstone: “The Mayor will engage constructively during the passage of this bill to help ensure the successful adoption of the proposed new measures, in particular the important new powers relating to housing and planning.”
MANCHESTER—LateRooms.com, a late availability hotel database, has appointed Lewis Manchester to run its national media relations program. Lewis will promote LateRooms to two key audiences: heavy business bookers, including PAs who use the site to arrange all business accommodation; and leisure users who are looking for a discounted hotel for the weekend. The campaign will be led by office head, Katie Colledge, who opened Lewis Manchester in March of 2006.
LONDON—Virgo Health PR has added three new account directors, hiring Catherine Hartley from Shire Health and Ceri Richards from MS&L, and promoting Tim Geldard.