Presentation on theme: "PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE Public Affairs Campaigning Richard Jarman, Head of Government & Community Relations Wednesday 15 February 2012."— Presentation transcript:
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE Public Affairs Campaigning Richard Jarman, Head of Government & Community Relations Wednesday 15 February 2012
What do I mean by public affairs campaigning? Government: Westminster/ Whitehall; EU Community: City & County Councils and the people they represent
Why engage with national politicians? Can be a useful foundation for a press release/ news story/ newsletter/ social media campaign Stimulate debate/ inform public opinion Influence decisions/ affect change Impact agenda Donor relations: UK Government & EU are major funders
University of Oxford: Research income breakdown (Total £486.4 million)
Campaigning in Westminster/ Whitehall 1. Contacting ministers and parliamentarians – and ongoing engagement 2. Events in Parliament 3. Visits to Oxford 4. Using parliamentary devices 5. Party conferences
Make contact: Call Parliament: Consult Dods or write House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW Write to ministerial office
Events in Parliament
BASICS: Ask MP or peer to book room No room hire cost only cost of catering/ drinks/ AV/ staff Tuesdays and Wednesdays best days Can invite non-parliamentarians Theme: –Show & tell –Launch research/ report –Celebrate anniversary Format: –reception with speeches –theatre-style lecture or panel discussion –roundtable –sit-down dinner or lunch –briefing Exhibition display
BASICS: See and do things they cannot do in Westminster/ Whitehall office Give a speech or lecture Roundtable Take part in experiment/ demonstration …or invite somewhere other than Oxford Must be concerned with their brief Need at least 3-6months advance notice Courteous to inform Vice-Chancellor’s Office & relevant Pro- Vice-Chancellor(s)/ Divisional Head Advisable to inform University Marshal Security issues: confidentiality & press Possibility of cancellation/ curtailment - and at last minute! You have to lead and control internally
TABLE DEBATES & PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS: Ask a PQ of a minister – written or oral Apply for an Adjournment Debate/ Westminster Hall debate In the Lords: ask a starred question Introduce a Private Member’s Bill/ Ten- Minute Rule Bill
EXAMPLE OF A PQ: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of research supported by the charity, Natural Justice, on the impact of diet with supplements containing omega 3 fish oils and whether there are any plans to incorporate these findings into guidelines for dietary requirements for the prison population?
EXAMPLE OF AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE: 3 May Medical students Andrew Smith, Labour MP for Oxford East moved a debate on funding for medical students which received an answer from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Anne Milton
TABLE OR SIGN AN EDM DIABETES RESEARCH: That this House recognises that type 2 diabetes represents one of the most significant global challenges to health; notes that in the UK alone 2.6 million people have diabetes and that 95 per cent. of these have type 2 diabetes; congratulates Professor Mark McCarthy of the University of Oxford and his group of international scientists who have identified 12 new genes associated with type 2 diabetes; believes that a better understanding of type 2 diabetes will help to prevent people from developing the condition; and calls on the Government to encourage and support further research in this field.
Select Committees Concentrate on Government departments Run inquiries and reports You can respond to a call for evidence You can draw your campaign to their attention Invite to Oxford
The Backbench Committee Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 1pm to hear representations from MPs for debates in backbench time. The committee can consider any subject for debate, including those raised in e-petitions or national campaigns but an MP must make the case for their consideration.
ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUPS: Informal groups By subject or country DEPARTMENTAL GROUPS: By party, mirroring Government departments
ANNUAL PARTY CONFERENCES Attend and raise your messages in meetings and debate Host your own fringe meeting or with a partner (e.g. a think tank) MPs/ ministers on your platform Listing in conference guide Get one of your academics onto someone else’s fringe meeting
Findings of 2009 community consultation : Those already engaged are broadly positive; those who are not tend to be negative ‘Disengaged’, ‘aloof’ and ‘closed’ Internal awareness of activity is low No overall coherence Business links ‘appear to work very well’ Local authority links ‘could be improved’ Engagement ‘high brow’ and ‘passive’ Impact of students seen negatively in specific areas of the city
Communicate what you do to local councillors and the community
Take part in …
Promote the benefits Oxford students bring to the community …
Review of Engagement with Wider Society as part of University’s draft Strategic Plan