Mile End Institute

In the thick of it: what it's really like to work for an MP

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24 November 2015

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Venue: Venue: QMUL, Mile End Campus, Skeel Lecture Theatre


About the Speakers

Patrick Diamond is a lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary University. He was a Special Advisor to Lord Mandelson as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and to Alan Milburn as labour’s 2005 General Election co-ordinator. From 2001 to 2005 he worked in the Number 10 Downing Street Policy Unit. Since 2005 he has been Director of the think tank Policy Network, and in 2010 was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Southwark

Janet Walker is Chief of Staff to Tom Tugendhat MP. Following a career working in the publishing industry, Janet ran a pro bono campaigning business working on high-profile miscarriage of justice campaigns. This work put her in touch with a large number of cross-party MPs and Peers including James Arbuthnot She worked as Mr Arbuthnot’s researcher for a number of years before running his office until he stood down in 2015. She then set up the office for his successor, Ranil Jayawardena MP, and now runs the office of Tom Tugendhat MP.

Imran Ahmed is Political Adviser to Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary. He spent seven years in the private sector as a corporate strategist and subsequently a strategy consultant before assisting on Andy Slaughter MP's 2010 election campaign with communications and targeting. After working on Andy's brief as a shadow justice minister, he joined Hilary Benn's office as a political adviser in his initial Shadow Communities and Local Government brief and now Hilary's role as Shadow Foreign Secretary.