Jeremy Hunt

By John Kelly, Professor of Industrial Relations, Department of Management, Birkbeck

As somebody who teaches negotiations at the London School of Economics (and whose elder daughter is a junior doctor) I have followed the junior doctors’ dispute very closely. What I have gradually discovered is that one of the key obstacles to the successful resolution of the dispute is that the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has violated almost every basic principle of effective negotiation.

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The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life welcomed author and journalist Polly Toynbee to the Keynes Library yesterday, where she appeared in conversation with Birkbeck Professorial Fellow in Politics Tony Wright.

The wide-ranging talk, which was followed by a Q&A with the audience,
mixed biographical detail with political insight, covering Toynbee’s education, early work experiences and the effort behind writing two columns a week. It also addressed the challenges facing the Labour party in upcoming votes in London and Scotland, and the pitfalls for the Yes campaign in the EU referendum.

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‘Fighting for a Place in Parliament: What is it like to work for an MP?’
An evening with Robert Dale
16 November 2015, 6pm
William Harvey Room, British Medical Association
Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP

Thousands of people apply to work in MPs’ parliamentary offices every year. Why? Because they want to operate at the centre of British politics and are drawn by the sense of power, history and importance of the House of Commons. They want hear words they’ve written read out in the chamber, or see them printed on newspaper front pages. Many want to make a difference to society. Some see the role as the first step to becoming an MP themselves, and others as the beginning of a successful career in lobbying or communications. Robert Dale – author of How to Be a Parliamentary Researcher – will explain all.

Join us on 16 November 2015 for a special event that will explore how to get a job working for an MP in Parliament, how to perform a role that is unique to each MP and, perhaps most importantly, how to survive the long hours, stress and emotional demands.

Admission is free but tickets must be reserved here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fighting-for-a-place-in-parliament-what-is-it-like-to-work-for-an-mp-tickets-19400232618