Work in Parliament

AoC’s public affairs team has over 25 years experience of working with MPs in Westminster and with Government departments in Whitehall. Liaising with all political parties (not just the party or parties in Government), we lobby to make sure they create policies that are beneficial to member colleges and suggest amendments to legislation. We undertake our work with the help of college principals and sometimes with chairs of governors.

As well as maintaining good contacts with key MPs, regular activities include suggesting Parliamentary Questions, submitting written evidence to select committees and producing briefings for MPs to inform debates in both Houses. We brief principals on how to manage their relationship with their local MPs and advise on opportunities to speak directly to MPs on issues that concern them. We also put principals forward to provide spoken evidence to select committees. We are delighted whenever an MP pays tribute to the work their local college is doing or a Minister speaks highly of the sector.

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  • Update from Westminster 02/12/21

    This week in our update from Westminster, we welcome the new Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson MP, give an update on the Skills and Post-16 Education and the latest Education Committee Season, talk about the House of Lords Youth Unemployment Report and advise on some key dates coming up.
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    02 Dec 2021

  • Update from Westminster 25/11/21

    This week the Update from Westminster we give an update on the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, a new inquiry from the Education select committee and the end of the House of Lords Unemployment Committee
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    25 Nov 2021

  • Update from Westminster 18/11/2021

    This week in our update from Westminster, we summarise the important second reading of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill and outline some key upcoming dates.
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    18 Nov 2021

  • Update from Westminster 11/11/21

    This week in our Update from Westminster, we feature an update on the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, a summary of DwP departmental questions and some key upcoming dates.
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    11 Nov 2021

  • Update from Westminster 04/11/2021

    In this week's update from Westminster, an update from the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, Education Departmental Questions, Education Select Committee, Treasury Budget Debates, Treasury Departmental Questions, AoC Annual Conference and Key Upcoming Events
    Published: 

    04 Nov 2021

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