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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  • Public Affairs Briefing 21/19

    This briefing includes an update on National Politics, MP visits to colleges and education questions.
    Published: 

    20 Sep 2019

  • Public Affairs Briefing 20/19

    This briefing includes an update on National Politics, Jeremy Corbyn MP visit to Walsall College and education questions.
    Published: 

    13 Sep 2019

  • Public Affairs Briefing 19/19

    This briefing includes an update on National Politics, Education statement, Chancellor's statement, Children and Families Minister and Education and Treasury Questions.
    Published: 

    06 Sep 2019

  • Love Our Colleges 07/09

    This week's briefing includes an update on how to access the webinar and the launch of the Love Our Colleges website.
    Published: 

    23 Aug 2019

  • Public Affairs Briefing - 18/19

    This week's briefing includes Spending Review announcement, list of Special Advisers and Education Select Committee consultation.
    Published: 

    16 Aug 2019

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