Dates to be confirmed
Parliamentary staffers for Lords and MPs
Delivering the sessions will be Andy McSmith, an experienced political journalist, James Robinson, a Fleet Street journalist turned Director of Communications.
It is likely that your politician will want your help in drafting speeches, parliamentary questions, or motions to be tabled. Andy will cover the different ways MPs and Lords can raise issues in Parliament, including intervening in debates, initiating debates, asking written and oral questions, presenting bills - and how you can support them to do so. Andy was a Lobby correspondent for a range of national newspapers, and has met and written about every Prime Minister from Margaret Thatcher to Boris Johnson.
You may well be expected to deal with journalists from newspapers, broadcast outlets or social media covering your MP's constituency or, in some cases, national journalists. There is also the possibility that you will have to deal with a media storm involving your employer - even fielding phone calls from journalists can be trickier than it sounds, if you are the first point of contact in the office. James has been on both sides of the phone, first as a senior journalist at the Guardian and the Observer, and then as Director of Communications to the deputy leader of the Labour Party. He will give you practical advice on how to deal with the national and local media and how to ensure you and your employer have a constructive working relationship with journalists.
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