Powerscourt
Helping you
NAVIGATE
the complex worlds of policy and regulation


POLITICAL AFFAIRS

Powerscourt Political is highly knowledgeable, with years of parliamentary media, policy advisory, and election experience. The team uses that understanding and an extensive network of contacts to make sure our clients have the access to Westminster they need at all times.

OUR SPECIALIST SERVICES

  1. Select Committee and political media training
  2. Briefings for MPs
  3. Setting up APPGs
  4. Stakeholder and political risk mapping
  5. Bill monitoring and progress briefings
  6. Drafting letters to ministers and senior officials

Political campaigns

Political campaigns

  • We specialise in long-term campaigns to guide or alter legislation and policy. Our decades of experience in and with political media is particularly effective in making the case for change.
  • We are currently working with senior lawyers from Matrix Chambers and Mishcon de Reya for the introduction of a statutory public interest defence in the forthcoming Espionage Bill.

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Crisis lobbying

Crisis lobbying

    • Often speed of contact is the only way to avert a political or Whitehall decision that can cause disastrous unintended consequences. Our thick contacts book means we know who to go to and when.
    • During the pandemic, we helped overturn a technical change that could have caused a huge backlog of operations for the NHS in a matter of days.

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Government contract reputation management

Government contract reputation management

  • Government contracts can be tricky – every problem is magnified a hundredfold by the political press and MPs after a headline. We make sure contracts are properly understood and successes are highlighted in the media.

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Political and broadcast media training

Political and broadcast media training

  • We tailor our training to draw out the strengths of senior executives, helping them gain the confidence to land their messages in the media. Our team has prepared business and political figures for some of the country’s most testing programmes, including Question Time, The Andrew Marr Show and Today.

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Select committee training

Select committee training

  • Whether being called as an expert commentator or eye witness to a failure, facing a select committee is a daunting experience. We work with senior former MPs to help witnesses prepare for hearings, helping them through tough questioning and to express themselves fluently.
  • Our clients have successfully given evidence before the Public Accounts, Transport, and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy committees, among many others.

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Political event planning

Political event planning

  • Our experienced team has been at the heart of running largescale events for political leaders and parties, from setting conference agendas to keynote speaking engagement. We arrange events that range from closed roundtables to open panel discussions that are heavily trailed by the media.
  • At Conservative Party Conference last year, we secured ministerial and senior political attendance at fringe events we ran for Halfords and Primary Health Properties.

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Political media and select committee training

With former senior media advisors, Powerscourt is well-placed to help you navigate political risk, including engaging with the political media and parliamentary select committees.

Political Affairs

Powerscourt understands the need for continuous strategic and proactive engagement with political and governmental decision-makers, at both EU and domestic levels. We offer in-depth expertise, trusted counsel and extensive contact networks.

“The team have superb political contacts books. Their experience was instrumental in setting up our APPG and advising us through the general election and pandemic”

Sean O’Reilly, Director, The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

“Powerscourt Political sets adaptable public affairs strategies according to the situation in Westminster. The team clearly love their jobs and we enjoy working with them”

Harry Hyman, Managing Director, Primary Health Properties

“The team works quickly and gets things done. If we have a significant political issue, I know I can rely on them to overcome it.” 

Angus Blundell, Marketing Director, Certas Energy 

“With Powerscourt Political you can be assured that you’re in safe hands. The team has a wealth of public affairs knowledge and really understands the tricky world of Westminster”

-Harriet Green, Former Chair and Chief Executive, IBM Asia Pacific

“Well connected and outstanding at preparation for political media and hearings” 

Cath Possamai, Chief Executive, RPP (British Army recruitment)

“Powerscourt’s political team have provided great insight and routes into government. They really helped us understand Whitehall through the early stages of the pandemic. Their experience and knowledge continues to be invaluable for us.”

Graham Stapleton, Chief Executive, Halfords

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