The Political Dimension

A three-hour seminar explaining how law-making and government works in the UK

For those PR people seeking to influence law-makers and government, it’s crucial to understand the political and law-making process in the UK. How is regulation and legislation developed, drafted, passed and enforced? And who are the key decision makers and opinion formers in Westminster and Whitehall, and elsewhere in UK politics? This seminar covers all the basics.


• The separation of political powers – in principle and in the UK.

• The history and peculiarities of the constitution of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

• How Westminster works, the make-up of the House Of Commons and House Of Lords, and how they are elected and appointed.

• The role of Parliament – including the law-making process, select committees and APPGs.

• The role of Government – including key ministers, the cabinet and government departments.

• The key influencers in the political community – including civil servants, special advisers, media and think tanks.

• Devolved powers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

• Where public affairs fits in.


• Junior public affairs executives looking for a concise but comprehensive overview of the UK political system.

• Any PR or media practitioner seeking an understanding of how government and law-making works in the UK.

This course is led by Chris Cooke, a business journalist, media entrepreneur and communications expert who has been writing about and advising on the media industries for two decades. Chris provides training and consultancy via Media Insights and is also a key trainer for the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

We run our training courses in-house for companies and organisations. Each course can be delivered as either an interactive seminar or webinar for a small group or a lecture for a larger group. We can also adapt courses to suit a client’s specific requirements.

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