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Ping-Pong and Whips – Strange Words Used in Parliament

Chris Hodder takes a quick look at a handful of odd terms used in parliament. Parliamentary language can be quite impenetrable to those of us on the outside, especially when they take a word that means something else in normal usage. Understanding some of the terms requires a good understanding of how parliament works, but


Why Society Needs Lobbying

Chris Hodder investigates the reasons why lobbying exists and the value it holds for wider society. Lobbying and its related activities (advocacy, public affairs) are all about either trying to change politics or stopping it from changing. As a company, Rowan Public Affairs has done much of this over the decades. However, not everyone appreciates

Advice, Brexit

Why Local Elections Matter

Not all parts of the country will be having local elections this May, but the press are keeping a keen eye on the results regardless. Craig Carey-Clinch examines what impact the polls will have on local and national politics. With the local elections upon us, many will wonder what, if anything, voting in such elections


4 Top Tips for Writing a Policy Document

Writing policy documents is hard. Usually they contain some incontestable facts, but also a lot of narrative and will need to summarise multiple viewpoints from stakeholders who may not always agree on the priorities. And they’re almost always either written by a committee or signed off by one. Here are a few tips to prevent