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1 PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE Public Affairs Campaigning Richard Jarman, Head of Government & Community Relations Wednesday 15 February 2012

2 What do I mean by public affairs campaigning?  Government: Westminster/ Whitehall; EU  Community: City & County Councils and the people they represent

3 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

4 University of Oxford: Research income breakdown 2009-10 (Total £486.4 million)

5 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

6 Make contact:   Call Parliament: 0207 219 3000  Consult Dods  email or write  House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA  House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW  Write to ministerial office

7 Events in Parliament

8 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

9 Visits

10 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

11 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

12 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?

13 EXAMPLE OF AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE: 3 May 2011 1.30-2.00 - 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

14 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.

15 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

16 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.

17 ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUPS:  Informal groups  By subject or country DEPARTMENTAL GROUPS:  By party, mirroring Government departments

18 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



21 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

22 Communicate what you do to local councillors and the community

23 Take part in …

24 Promote the benefits Oxford students bring to the community …

25 Review of Engagement with Wider Society as part of University’s draft Strategic Plan 2012-2016

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