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23 Feb 2016

Policy@manchester helps you get past the gatekeeper

Want an MP to take part in your event or launch a new report? Or perhaps you’re seeking impact by securing a meeting to bring your latest policy-relevant research to their attention?

Policy@manchester – the University’s policy engagement arm – is running an event called ‘Getting past the gatekeeper: how to work with MPs’ researchers’, in which Rob Dale, author of the book ‘How to be a Parliamentary Researcher’ will give the inside track on life inside the office of a busy politician.

Parliamentary researchers are playing an increasingly important and influential role inside the House of Commons.

Branded bag-carriers while actually performing vital duties like drafting speeches and Parliamentary Questions, handling the media and engaging with constituents online, parliamentary researchers do the dirty work behind the scenes, allowing their bosses to focus on their main job – performing.

In this special session, Rob will explain how the MP’s office has developed over recent decades, imparting practical advice on the dos and don’ts of engaging with an MP’s key personnel, laced with acute personal observations and anecdotes.

Rob Dale ran the parliamentary office of Andy Sawford, former MP for Corby and shadow minister. He now works in a lobbying and public affairs agency and studied journalism at university.

The event takes place on Wednesday 9 March, 3pm-4.30pm in Lecture Room 2B, Simon Building. It is free but booking is essential.

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