Where to begin when it comes to politics is tough. Which party should I vote for? How on earth do I navigate how to run for election or campaign on an issue I care about? The following links should help you out.
These resources will also give you a good guide:
If you ever wondered what it was like to stand as a candidate in the General Election you can watch Conservative candidate John Walsh’s experience standing for the Middlesbrough seat. He offers a very candid documentary of his experience with all the highs and more frequent lows. Watch the trailer here.
So You Want To Be A Politician
If you want to know how to put together a good campaign to run for office at any level then this is a comprehensive overview to help you navigate towards a winning election. This will help you to engage with people and let them know that you are on their side. A great book to keep on your bookshelf.
Do you want to work for an MP to get some inside knowledge on how parliament works day-to-day? Being a ‘bag carrier’ will give you real life experience of what the world of politics entails and potentially gain you some great contacts.
This treasure chest of practical advice for winning campaigns will have you getting passionate about strategies in no time. Whether you want to get elected or win support for a hot topic you feel strongly about this book is one that will come in handy over the years.
Written by former Labour minister John Hutton and former Permanent Secretary Sir Leigh Lewis this offers invaluable advice to ambitious politicians on how to survive at the very top. It addresses a Minister’s relationship with the media, their peers, the opposition and civil servants and explores the day-to-day rollercoaster life as a Minister.
The everyday lives of MPs are often considered mysterious. This book through years of interviews with MPs explores what happens backstage away from the cameras and soundbites. What happens in constituencies and committees is focused on and it is an illuminating read for anyone who wants to find out how parliament works.