Dates to be confirmed
Delivering the sessions will be a senior former MP who has recently vacated their seat, experienced political correspondent Andy McSmith and Fleet Street journalist turned Director of Communications James Robinson.
For these courses we always provide someone with direct experience of the job! This person will change from course to course.
Andy will cover the different ways MPs can raise issues in Parliament, including intervening in debates,initiating debates, asking written or oral questions, or presenting bills. Andy was a Lobby Correspondent for a range of national newspapers for more than 25 years. He has written about and met every serving Prime Minister from Margaret Thatcher onward.
Dealing with journalists will form an important part of your political career. James, who spent over 20 years on Fleet Street and worked as a Director of Communications for a senior Member of Parliament, will provide invaluable advice on working with the media.
This course is open to all new MPs, from any political party, and we anticipate a politically mixed audience.The day will focus on parliamentary work. No advice will be offered on political campaigning, and there will be no political debate.
The Scheme of MP's Business Costs and Expenses recognises courses that focus on a Member's parliamentary work as a 'claimable cost', which can be reclaimed from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).
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