Understanding the UK Parliament

For those working in or with government, a detailed knowledge of the constitutional role and importance of Parliament is absolutely vital.

Whether delegates have recently entered the Civil Service or Public Sector and require a thorough introduction to the workings of Parliament in their new roles, or simply require a refresh or update of their current knowledge, this course will provide a comprehensive insight into the systems and workings of the UK Parliament.

Understanding the UK Parliament is an introductory course featured in our Knowledge series. At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  


Key features of the course include:

  • The job of Parliament - what it actually does
  • The work of the Commons, Lords and Westminster Hall
  • How Parliament holds government to account via parliamentary questions, the legislative process and Select Committees

Designed for:

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to understand how Parliament works; whether they're new to the Civil Service or more experienced, but lacking in detailed knowledge.


Learning outcomes:

Delegates will gain a detailed understanding of Parliament's constitutional and practical role, as well as how it affects the work of civil servants and those in the Public Sector.

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Summary

Duration

10:00 - 16:00

Price

Price on request

Location

Available to be delivered In-House

Dates

In-House Option

This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.

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Lead Trainer

Andrew Dismore

Andrew Dismore

Andrew was the Leader of the Labour Group in 1990, and then MP for Hendon from 1997 to 2010. In a varied parliamentary career, Andrew built a reputation as an expert in private members’ legislation and chaired the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights

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Andrew Dismore

Andrew Dismore

Andrew was the MP for Hendon from 1997 to 2010. In a varied parliamentary career, Andrew built a reputation as an expert in private members’ legislation and chaired the Joint Select Committee on Human Rights. He also served on the Standards and Privileges Committee for nine years, the Work and Pensions Committee for seven years and the powerful Liaison Committee for five years.

Growing up in a political family, Andrew began his career in politics in 1982, as the then youngest ever councillor on Westminster City Council, becoming Leader of the Labour Group in 1990. Prior to entering Parliament, Andrew had been a partner at Thompsons and at Russell Jones and Walker, specialising in personal injury and trades union law. Andrew now works as a consultant specialising in legal affairs. Andrew is also the co-ordinator of the Access to Justice Group.

Lead Trainer

Bridget Prentice

Bridget Prentice

With over 27 years’ experience of leadership in the public sector and almost two decades spent in Parliament, Bridget has an insider’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face public bodies and third sector organisations.

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Bridget Prentice

Bridget Prentice

With over 27 years’ experience of leadership in the public sector and almost two decades spent in Parliament, Bridget has an insider’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face public bodies and third sector organisations.

 

Bridget has served 18 years as MP for Lewisham East, was a Government Whip and a Minister in the Ministry of Justice with responsibility for 14 policy areas. This ranges from legal services, the courts and tribunals, youth engagement to electoral administration etc. She has piloted major pieces of legislation through parliamentary process and has negotiated financial packages to support key groups such as Coroners’ Courts Support Staff. She has also played a key role in designing and implementation of policy.

 

Prior to taking on ministerial positions, Bridget was a member of the Home Affairs Committee, Court of Referees and Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. She is presently a Trustee on the Jimmy Mizen Foundation and on Age Exchange, the Chair of Governors of Trinity Lewisham School and Electoral Commissioner at the Electoral Commission. 

Tailored in-house training

Civil Service College can deliver In-House training within your organisation that is exactly tailored to meet your individual training requirements.

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