Campaigns

Diary of a Candidate: Maria Miller, dog hair & banana cake

Diary of a Candidate: Maria Miller, dog hair & banana cake

Conservative PPC for Morley & Outwood Andrea Jenkyns praises her volunteer army and the delights of banana cake

How the Big Society has threatened campaigning

How the Big Society has threatened campaigning

by Claire McCarthy / 20 Sep 2013

Charity campaigner Claire McCarthy explains how austerity and the Big Society rhetoric have affected campaigning

Big Society v One Nation: What's the difference?

Big Society v One Nation: What's the difference?

by Alex Smith / 20 Sep 2013

What’s the difference between Cameron’s Big Society and Miliband’s One Nation? Alex Smith explores what the two approaches mean for civil society

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Diary of a candidate: Westward ho!

Diary of a candidate: Westward ho!

by Mike Bell / 17 Sep 2013

Lib Dem hopeful Mike Bell shares family life and campaign stories

How to win friends and influence policy

How to win friends and influence policy

by Duncan O'Leary / 06 Aug 2013

Think tanks churn out thousands of pages of reports and policy ideas every year, but is anyone listening to what they have to say? Duncan O’Leary of Demos explains how wonks can communicate their ideas

Face-to-face or Facebook?

Face-to-face or Facebook?

by Sam Cannicott / 16 Jul 2013

Which is more important, a juicy email or a firm handshake? Sam Cannicott looks at communications between grassroots party members and their leaders

You have one new on-message

You have one new on-message

by Charlotte Henry / 28 Jun 2013

Campaigns expert Charlotte Henry looks back at the local elections to see how effectively each party is using social media

'Yer quite fit for an MP wotsit': Jess Asato on the road

'Yer quite fit for an MP wotsit': Jess Asato on the road

by Jess Asato / 06 Jun 2013

Jess Asato shares the ups and downs of a PPC

Para-parliamentarians

Para-parliamentarians

by Alice Maynard / 22 May 2013

With so few disabled people represented in elected positions, Alice Maynard calls on all parties to act

Diary of a candidate: Bolts from the blue

Diary of a candidate: Bolts from the blue

by Andrea Jenkyns / 27 Sep 2013

Tory PPC Andrea Jenkyns receives a bizarre demand from a constituent

Diary of a candidate: Northern lights

Diary of a candidate: Northern lights

by Jess Asato / 20 Sep 2013

Jess Asato praises street sweepers and the value of a door-step hug

Charities are key in times of austerity

Charities are key in times of austerity

by Sarah Gilbert / 18 Sep 2013

In austere times, campaigners need to present solutions. Charities and voluntary groups are on the front line, says Sarah Gilbert

Nuclear action

Nuclear action

by Kate Hudson / 21 Aug 2013

With Britain’s nuclear capacity under review, CND is stepping up its campaign. While its methods have changed, the organisation’s commitment to grassroots activity endures, writes Kate Hudson

Jess Asato meets fire-fighters, refugees & Borgen

Jess Asato meets fire-fighters, refugees & Borgen

by Jess Asato / 24 Jul 2013

The diary of a Labour PPC on the bumpy campaign trail

No bars to justice

No bars to justice

by Roma Hooper / 10 Jul 2013

As she takes the bold step of closing Make Justice Work, Roma Hooper evaluates her work with the prison v community service campaign organisation

Kick it into the long grassroots

Kick it into the long grassroots

by Andrew Allison / 10 Jun 2013

From taxes on beers to town hall spending, the TaxPayers’ Alliance is engaging its grassroots members to energise its campaigns, says Andrew Allison

Anti-Page 3: A Guiding light

Anti-Page 3: A Guiding light

by Becky Hewitt / 30 May 2013

The Girl Guides are shrugging off their stereotypical image and becoming feisty campaigners prepared to take on The Sun, says Becky Hewitt

How a campaign can fizz or fizzle

How a campaign can fizz or fizzle

by Peter Carroll / 14 May 2013

Peter Carroll, one of the key figures behind the Gurkha campaign, wonders if achieving success is an art or a science

Why is Britain behind on digital campaigning?

Why is Britain behind on digital campaigning?

by Gregor Poynton / 01 May 2013

Britain’s political parties have yet properly to embrace the opportunities presented by digital campaigning, argues Gregor Poynton