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How to Influence Whitehall and Westminster

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Essential to understand who the people are that have power and influence, in the new Government and Parliament and how to influence and communicate effectively with them. Understanding pinch-points in a coalition government and how to use them to your advantage

Learning Objectives

  • Learn tried and tested techniques to increase influence
  • Understand when is the most effective time to try and influence policy – using formal and informal channels
  • Understand how to engage in the policy process at an early stage
  • Learn the importance of the media and how try and use it to your advantage
  • Understand which people are most important to speak to, and how to gain access and communicate with them- both within the Government and Parliament and any Party bodies
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with MPs, Lords & Ministers at pre-legislative and during the Bill
  • Understand how to access Parliament and influence its work, including APPGs, PQs, Select Committees, and Private members Bills
  • Understand how to take different approaches for communicating with the Lords and the Commons
  • Understand the different parts of the legislative process and how to interact and influence them

Programme

9:15
Registration
9:45
Chair's Introduction
10:00
How to Influence Policy in its Early Stages
Timeline of policy development and how to influence early on, Influencing Party policy, Manifestos, consultations, the role of the Civil Service & Special Advisers, No 10 & the Treasury, Party Structures.
11:00
Refreshments
11:15
Case Study of an Effective Campaigning Organisation
12:10
How to Communicate with the Media
Who to speak to, when to speak, how to access and communicate effectively with the media, structure and range of media outlets
13:10
Lunch
14:10
How to Influence a Piece of Legislation
Stages of a bill and when is most effective to influence, The Commons & Lords
15:10
Refreshments
15:25
How to Access Parliament Effectively and Influence its Work
Communicating effectively with Lords, MPs and Ministers, Select Committees, All-Party Parliamentary Groups, Parliamentary Questions, Private Members Bills
16:15
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Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

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