About the Event
The transformation of the political landscape, particularly over the last decade, has great ramifications for Scottish Politics. Politics Explained 2020 will ask two key questions - What is next for Scotland? And how you can be part of shaping that?
This event has been a fixture on the Scottish political events calendar since the onset of the 2007 Global Financial Crisis. Since then, spanning two UK referendums and the current health crisis, Scottish politics has been pulled in a multitude of different directions.
As Scotland's award-winning current affairs publication, Holyrood is in a unique position to provide a forum where we can examine the current political climate in Scotland - including the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on politics, which currently remains unknown.
We've organised two days for you on politics in Scotland and how it operates. The first day will focus on the Scottish Parliament, giving you an in-depth look behind the scenes of our legislature and how you can lobby and engage with law makers.
We will examine Scottish politics has been, where it is and where it's going, and teach you how to be part of shaping the agenda in Scotland going forward. You’ll learn the key ways you can engage with the Scottish political system, gaining an understanding of successful communications and media engagement as well as how to lobby and influence.
The second day will centre on the executive branch, giving you everything you need to know to understand and engage with the Government here in Scotland.
Our high-profile speakers come from politics, media, academia, private and third sectors. Their guidance will prove invaluable as you engage with politics.
Previous year's speakers have included:
- Mark Brough, Head of Legislation & Delegated Powers Team, Scottish Parliament
- Dougie Wands, Acting Lobbying Registrar, Scottish Parliament
- Robert McGeachy and Mark Ballard, Joint Authors, The Public Affairs Guide to Scotland
- Angela Haggerty, Editor, Common Space and Sunday Herald Columnist
- Gina Davidson, Communications Director, Scottish Labour
- Margaret Smith, Director, Caledonia Public Affairs
- Linda Fabiani MSP, SNP, Deputy Presiding Officer and former Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture
- Jackie Ballie MSP, Scottish Labour, former Minister for Social Justice in Labour/Liberal Democrat Scottish Executive
- Liam McArthur MSP, Liberal Democrat, former Special Advisor to the former Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace in the Labour/Liberal Democrat Scottish Executive
- John Edward, Director, Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS)
Our events are CPD certified. Each event is equivalent to 5 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.