Parliament: A guide for newly elected MPs

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Online event

Audience:

New MPs

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About the course

For newly elected MPs, arriving in the Commons is sure to be exhilarating, but may also be daunting. New MPs are often surprised to find no formal training or advice offered, and are left to find their own way around Parliament’s labyrinthine rules and customs.

This course will cover

• Setting up your office and hiring staff

• Navigating the strict expenses rules

• How to raise issues in Parliament

• Dealing with the media

• Making the most of your time in Westminster

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.

Our expert trainer(s)

Former MP:

For these courses we always provide someone with direct experience of the job! This person will change from course to course.

Andy McSmith:

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.

James Robinson:

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. 

Who this course is for

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).

To be the first to know when the next course is taking place, email us at contact@westminsterskills.com and we will be in touch.

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