Politics Explained

Scottish Pol

Holyrood’s annual Politics Explained conference launched in 2007. Since then, we have been helping inform the public sector about Scottish politics so they may engage with our political institutions. 

The COVID-19 outbreak put the Scottish Government’s work front and centre in the lives of every person in Scotland. This is a vital time for devolution, and with the party manifestos about to be written for next year’s Scottish Parliamentary election, our position at the heart of Scottish political life made Politics Explained a unique opportunity to engage with decision makers.

Delegates learnt key ways to engage with the Scottish political system; gained an understanding of successful communications and media engagement campaigns; and learnt how to lobby and influence.

The event was set over two days, with the first day dedicated to how the Scottish Parliament works and the second day focused on the Scottish Government and how best to navigate it. Delegates had the opportunity to network with MSPs and civil servants.

Henry McLeish Headshot
Henry McLeish
Former First Minister of Scotland
Former First Minister of Scotland
Henry McLeish is a Scottish politician, author and academic who served as First Minister of Scotland from 2000 to 2001.
Mike Russell MSP
Michael Russell MSP
Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs
The Scottish Government
Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP
Spokesperson for Health and Sport
Scottish Liberal Democrats
Alex has been Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Edinburgh Western constituency since 2016 and serves as Scottish Liberal Democrats spokesperson for Health.
Anas Sarwar MSP
Anas Sarwar MSP
MSP for Glasgow Region
The Scottish Government
MSP for the Glasgow Region and Scottish Labour's Party Spokesman for Constitutional Affairs and Brexit
Johann Lamont MSP
Johann Lamont MSP
MSP for Glasgow Region
Scottish Parliament
Johann is the Scottish Labour and Co-operative member for the Scottish Parliament region of Glasgow. She has previously served as Leader and Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party and is currently the Convener of the Public Petitions Committee.
Iain Stewart MP
Iain Stewart MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland
UK Government
Iain Stewart was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office on 2 June 2020. He was a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 2019 to 2020.
Gillian Martin
Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, which has been leading on the Climate Change Bill.
Craig Wilson
Craig Wilson
Parliamentary Public Affairs
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
Craig heads up parliamentary engagement for SCVO - the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.
Event Details
  • Start Date
    30 Sep 2020 10:00 am
  • End Date
    1 Oct 2020 4:00 pm
  • Status
  • Location
  • Organizer