‘Ministers Reflect’: new archive project released, collating interviews with government ministers.

The Institute For Government has released a new archive of interviews with former government ministers.

The project, Ministers Reflect, publishes interviews of ministers describing what their work is like – what the challenges are, how they make themselves most effective, and what more is needed to help them work productively towards their policy objectives. The Institute For Government aims to demystify for the public the roles and duties of ministers, in this way ‘promoting effective political leadership’ and helping the government function more effectively.

The archive currently contains interviews from 2010-2015 government with ministers who are no longer in office, and therefore so far has only Conservative and Lib Dem ministers. But this is an ongoing project, and more interviews will be added in the future.

Find the project here.

Other Institute For Government projects:

Contemporary History of Whitehall
The Challenge of Being a Minister

Member Safety Leaflet

The latest version of the Members’ Personal Safety Leaflet is now available on the intranet. This is not just for Members; it’s vital that their staff read it as well. W4MP can’t emphasise strongly enough the importance of your reading this and taking appropriate action.

This 7-page leaflet provides detailed information for Members on personal safety and that of family and staff.


Expect some emails about votes for 16 yr olds..

The Electoral Reform Society is calling on people to write to their MP calling for the extension of the franchise to 16/17 year olds in the EU referendum.

Here’s the email – you might see some correspondence as a result.


On Tuesday, MPs will decide whether to give 16 and 17 year olds a vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

The Scottish independence referendum showed once and for all that 16 and 17 year olds are more than capable of taking important political decisions. Three-quarters of them voted and 97% said they would do so in the future. They accessed more information than any other age group, and registered in their thousands. Find out more about their success.

Now we have the chance to extend that energy to the EU referendum. Please write to your MP today in support of votes at 16.

You may have missed it, but as things stand, 16 and 17 year olds will be able to take part in the EU referendum: last month, the Lords backed votes at 16 in the referendum.

But now the Bill is coming back to the House of Commons, so it’s down to MPs whether to keep or remove that decision. And it could be a close one.

NGO Advocacy Training for Staff

Bond, the UK network of NGOs has some new advocacy training courses that which are taking place in January. They have sent us this note:

Working with experienced campaigner and trainer, Jenny Ross, we’ve totally updated the material to make it as relevant and useful as possible based on feedback from previous trainings, and it’d be great to have any more researchers join us. They’re competitively priced and I’m confident they’ll help researchers help with work they’re doing, as they have in the past.

The Introduction to Advocacy course is taking place on Monday 18 January and is perfect for anyone who is new to advocacy and campaigning or works closely with advocacy colleagues, MPs or civil society. This course takes participants through the process of developing an advocacy strategy and how to make choices about the appropriate approach and tactics.

More information at https://www.bond.org.uk/learning/introduction-advocacy

How change happens: demonstrating the impact of your advocacy is a new 2 day course taking place on 19 and 20 January, and is for those responsible for design and delivery of campaign strategies or leaders of campaigns and advocacy work within an organisation. The course has been developed in response to lots of our members telling us they want to be equipped to develop a theory of change and integrate effective monitoring and evaluation as part of strategy development and planning.

More information at https://www.bond.org.uk/learning/how-change-happens-demonstrating-impact-your-advocacy