public affairs

The Public Affairs Guide to Westminster

January 2019







Influencing policy and legislation

Robert McGeachy

The Public Affairs Guide to Westminster is the essential handbook for   organisations seeking to influence legislation and shape policy development in the UK Parliament and at UK Government level, and is packed with invaluable advice on devising cost effective public affairs strategies and campaigns that achieve success on a limited budget.

Robert McGeachy’s step-by-step guide - for private, public and third sector organisations - expertly strips away the mysteries and misconceptions of engaging with the UK Government, Opposition parties, as well as with individual MPs, Peers and the civil service. 

The Public Affairs Guide to Westminster will empower campaigners to maximise their influence and to ensure their voice is heard at Westminster by comprehensively explaining:

· What your organisation could achieve by developing its own in-house public affairs capacity and activities

· How to develop a public affairs strategy to influence key policy makers at UK Government level, and in the UK Parliament

· How to identify the correct policy and legislative context via effective parliamentary monitoring and by developing good relations with key policy   makers 

· How to fully engage with the legislative processes in the House of Commons and in the House of Lords

· What  action your organisation can take to influence Parliamentary Committees, and All-Party Parliamentary Groups

· How to make the most of Parliamentary Motions and Debates, Private Members’ Bills and Public Petitions

· How to create, organise and undertake a public affairs programme most appropriate for your organisation including hosting parliamentary receptions, attending party conferences and joint-working with partner organisations.


1.           The Westminster Dynamic

2.           Developing a Public Affairs Strategy

3.           The Impact of Devolution

4.           Exploiting Parliamentary Monitoring and Political Intelligence Gathering

5.           Influencing Key Policy Makers

6.           Engaging with MPs and Peers

7.           Influencing the Political Parties

8.           Making the Most of Consultation Responses

9.           Engaging with Parliamentary Committees

10.          Legislation: Influencing the Pre-legislative Stage

11.          Legislation: Overview of the Parliamentary Process

12.          Legislation: Influencing the Parliamentary Process

13.          Private Members’ Bills

14.          Parliamentary Questions

15.          Parliamentary Debates

16.          Early Day Motions

17.          Petitions

18.          All-Party Parliamentary Groups

19.          Maximising the Impact of Parliamentary Events

20.          Making the Most of Party Conferences

21.          Developing Effective Partnership Working

22.          Maximising Media Impact


Robert McGeachy is an award winning public affairs professional - who worked for many years as a Senior Research Officer in the House of Lords - with a proven track record in helping to shape and influence legislation and policy development in the Scottish and UK parliaments. He is the co-author of The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland, published by Welsh Academic Press in 2017.





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