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Three million more Britons will gain the right to vote

The Elections Bill is at committee stage in the House of Commons. It has the potential to have major impacts on voter numbers and the characteristics of the UK electorate, giving 3 million British citizens overseas the right to vote for life. What impact will this have on democracy and the Electoral Commission?

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Why Facebook advertising should be part of your local campaigning

I am sure many of us have sat in association meetings and been told at least once that we don’t need traditional literature anymore and “everything can be done via social media”. In truth, all forms of media provide a way of communicating with the electorate and all have value if used sensibly at the right time. Social media is no different. So, what is the best way to use it?

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So, you want to become a Conservative MP?

The list of Approved Conservative Candidates is being refreshed, with all those previously on the list being asked to complete a new application and attend a ‘Re-list Assessment Centre’, if they still want to pursue a Parliamentary career.

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The Boundary Review is Here. What Now?

As MPs and constituency officers pore over the details of the review released publicly this morning, there may well be some fulminating and harrumphing about some of the changes.

Whilst overall the review is seen by many commentators as consolidating or improving the Conservative position, there are places where sitting Conservative MPs might be feeling more vulnerable this morning.

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Digital campaigning must be constant. Not just for a few weeks before an election.

Maintaining a high level of contact with electors is proven to deliver results at council level, and where turnout is low, this can mean the difference between winning and losing. Historically this took the form of leafleting and canvassing, door-to-door or by phone, but increasingly leaflets go straight in the recycling and fewer people are willing to engage with canvassers. This is where digital tools become game changers.

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Why Businesses Benefit from Understanding the Political Environment in Which They Operate

As businesses emerge from the storm of the last 12 months they will no doubt be seeking every advantage possible to get back on their feet and recoup lost profits. At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the environment in which a business operates is becoming ever more politicised. The effect of recent trade wars still reverberates and the UK’s policy on new trade deals remains heavily influenced by Brexit. Rather than fight against it, businesses should embrace this new reality, to leverage it and improve the post-pandemic health of their balance sheet.

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Are you ready to be an MP?

Lots of people want to be MPs and the Conservative Party is about to begin creating its “approved list” by inviting all those who were previously on it to re-apply. This is the first step of the journey, to being an MP and must be done, long before the stage of being considered by actual constituencies.

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Research as a College Green Group Service

Scientia potentia est or ‘knowledge is power’ is a term often attributed to British philosopher Sir Francis Bacon, although the exact origin of the words in his work is unknown. Regardless, at College Green group we are firm believers that knowledge is indeed power, and ensure that this focus on being as informed as humanly possible is evident in everything we do for our clients.

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Commission Based Fundraising for Campaigns

Campaigning, whether it be for a political party, candidate or single issue campaign, is second nature to the team at College Green Group. We cut our teeth working on globally relevant political campaigns like Vote Leave, and have since run or supported various parties, candidates and single issue campaigns to raise awareness and achieve electoral and legislative goals.

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China: Threat or Opportunity?

Last week, our team worked with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Foreign Affairs, to host a webinar discussion entitled China: Threat or Opportunity. College Green Group Campaign Manager John Moss shares his thoughts below.

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Helping MPs to run “Unsung Hero” campaigns

MPs have been working hard for their constituents and businesses throughout the pandemic, sorting out business grants, joining in with deliveries of food and medicines to those who were shielding and generally rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in across the board, irrespective of party.

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