March 22nd 2018 - March 29th 2018 | Crowne Plaza, Edinburgh

About the event

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Never has the political landscape moved so quickly or events been so hard to predict. But if your organisation requires collective knowledge of how government works, what politicians do, how civil servants operate, how the legislative programme is formed, and how you might extend influence in that process, then this is the event for you.

Running over two days, Holyrood’s annual Politics Explained 2018will break into two main themes. 

  • On the 22nd March we will focus on The Scottish Parliament Explained
  • On the 29th March we will focus on The Scottish Government Explained

Join us as we examine the current political landscape in Scotland amid questions surrounding future referenda, the impact of the recent election result and the uncertainties of Brexit.

Our speakers are drawn from across politics, media, academia, private and third sectors, and some will be known to you through their high profile public positions. They are all participating because they recognise the value of speaking directly to professional audiences and offering insights which will assist you, your business, and the wider community.

Key speakers include:

  • 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)

With many more to be announced in the coming weeks…

Places are transferable so if you wish to book a two-day pass and wish for a different colleague to attend on each day then that is fine to do. Simply register one colleague for both days and email us the details of your other colleague. 

The rates are as follows:

Charities and Third Sector: (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)

  • One day: £149 + VAT
  • Both days: £249 + VAT

Public Sector: (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)

  • One day: £199 + VAT
  • Both days: £299 + VAT

Private Sector:(Commercial organisations eg Plc, Ltd, LLP)

  • One day: £299 + VAT
  • Both days: £349 + VAT

For more information, including the agendas and full speaker line-up please visit the event homepage