Finding time to blog is an eternal challenge but I couldn’t let news of the government’s latest attempt to silence charities pass without comment.
Let’s be clear: the ban on charities using government grants to lobby government and Parliament is, in terms of ill-thought out, heavy-handed and short-sighted policymaking, a fine example of the genre. . . . → Read More: Fight for your right to speak truth to power
Two weeks on from the election we’re all taking stock of who’s in, who’s out and what the new Conservative majority government in Westminster means for our influencing work.
In the midst of drawing up contact lists and securing early meetings with the newly elected MPs you wish to convert to your cause, don’t forget . . . → Read More: There’s a threat to charity campaigning – and it’s not the Lobbying Act
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
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
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?