Show Hide image

Elle and Farmer's Weekly awarded for being top consumer and business magazines

PPA Awards 2010 ceremony took place on Wednesday night.

Elle and Farmer's Weekly were named the Customer Direct Magazines of the Year in the consumer and business categories respectively at the PPA Awards 2010 ceremony on Wednesday night.

The event recognised and rewarded editorial and publishing excellence in the consumer magazines and business media sector.

Hachette's Elle was conferred the award for forging collaborations and partnerships with the London Underground, The White Ribbon Alliance, The National Portrait Gallery and The Whitechapel Gallery over the past year.

Earlier, Elle's editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy was named Best Editor for Women's Magazines (monthly or less frequent) and creative director, Marissa Bourke, won the Art Director of the Year category at the British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Awards 2010 on November 8.

At the PPA Customer Direct 2010 ceremony, Reed Business Information's Farmer's Weekly bagged the award for the Customer Direct Magazine of the Year in the business category.

Dennis Publishing and IPC Media each won an impressive five prizes at the glittering awards ceremony held at The Brewery in London on Wednesday night.

Future Publishing, the National Magazine Company and TSL Education also picked up a few prizes at the PPA constituted to showcase the most innovative magazine marketing practices in the UK.

Show Hide image

Geoffrey Howe dies, aged 88

Howe was Margaret Thatcher's longest serving Cabinet minister – and the man credited with precipitating her downfall.

The former Conservative chancellor Lord Howe, a key figure in the Thatcher government, has died of a suspected heart attack, his family has said. He was 88.

Geoffrey Howe was the longest-serving member of Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet, playing a key role in both her government and her downfall. Born in Port Talbot in 1926, he began his career as a lawyer, and was first elected to parliament in 1964, but lost his seat just 18 months later.

Returning as MP for Reigate in the Conservative election victory of 1970, he served in the government of Edward Heath, first as Solicitor General for England & Wales, then as a Minister of State for Trade. When Margaret Thatcher became opposition leader in 1975, she named Howe as her shadow chancellor.

He retained this brief when the party returned to government in 1979. In the controversial budget of 1981, he outlined a radical monetarist programme, abandoning then-mainstream economic thinking by attempting to rapidly tackle the deficit at a time of recession and unemployment. Following the 1983 election, he was appointed as foreign secretary, in which post he negotiated the return of Hong Kong to China.

In 1989, Thatcher demoted Howe to the position of leader of the house and deputy prime minister. And on 1 November 1990, following disagreements over Britain's relationship with Europe, he resigned from the Cabinet altogether. 

Twelve days later, in a powerful speech explaining his resignation, he attacked the prime minister's attitude to Brussels, and called on his former colleagues to "consider their own response to the tragic conflict of loyalties with which I have myself wrestled for perhaps too long".

Labour Chancellor Denis Healey once described an attack from Howe as "like being savaged by a dead sheep" - but his resignation speech is widely credited for triggering the process that led to Thatcher's downfall. Nine days later, her premiership was over.

Howe retired from the Commons in 1992, and was made a life peer as Baron Howe of Aberavon. He later said that his resignation speech "was not intended as a challenge, it was intended as a way of summarising the importance of Europe". 

Nonetheless, he added: "I am sure that, without [Thatcher's] resignation, we would not have won the 1992 election... If there had been a Labour government from 1992 onwards, New Labour would never have been born."

Jonn Elledge is the editor of the New Statesman's sister site CityMetric. He is on Twitter, far too much, as @JonnElledge.