How to engage with parliamentary candidates – from the horse’s mouth

Last week I had the pleasure of hearing Andrew Pakes, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) for Milton Keynes South, speak at the NCVO Campaigning Conference. He made some interesting (and, at times, slightly provocative) observations about how voluntary sector campaigners can engage effectively with parliamentary candidates during the election period. In the interests of Andrew’s . . . → Read More: How to engage with parliamentary candidates – from the horse’s mouth

With a General Election on the horizon, charity campaigners have a golden opportunity to influence public policy

In less than a year the country will go to the polls. Now is the time to make sure you’re utilising the months leading up to the election to advance your policy goals. Will you make the most of the opportunity presented by the election? Or will you waste it by taking a ‘tick box’ . . . → Read More: With a General Election on the horizon, charity campaigners have a golden opportunity to influence public policy

Are you making the most of your meetings with MPs?

Last month I got chatting to a Westminster MP at a party. He told me that although he has met some very effective charity lobbyists, he has also been on the receiving end of many unfocused, rambling briefings from people in the sector. Campaigners, he said, often want to “update me on the issues” but . . . → Read More: Are you making the most of your meetings with MPs?

Don’t forget Sir Humphrey

Civil servants can make or break a policy proposal. It is officials who decide what policy advice is given to Ministers. Are you doing enough to influence Whitehall?

Yesterday I interviewed a civil servant as part of a perceptions audit for one of my charity clients. The purpose of the conversation was to understand how . . . → Read More: Don’t forget Sir Humphrey

In praise of quiet campaigners

There’s been much media coverage in recent days commemorating Emily Wilding Davison’s death following her collision with the King’s horse at Epsom in 1913. The centenary of that event has prompted comment about the suffragettes, their role in gaining votes for women and what contemporary campaigners might learn from them.

Like most feminists, I am . . . → Read More: In praise of quiet campaigners

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