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Campaigning with devolved Governments and the EU Ben McKendrick & Julia Toft – the British Heart Foundation. The theory…. What is devolution? How we campaign (in Scotland and beyond) Why is devolution/ Europe important? One size doesn’t fit all – where it doesn’t work so well

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Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

Campaigning with devolved Governments and the EU

Ben McKendrick & Julia Toft – the British Heart Foundation


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

The theory…

  • What is devolution?

  • How we campaign (in Scotland and beyond)

  • Why is devolution/

    Europe important?

  • One size doesn’t fit all – where it doesn’t work so well

  • Case studies – where it has worked well


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

The theory…

  • Scotland Act 1998, SP 1999

  • Devolved/reserved powers?

  • Education, foreign affairs, local government, health, taxation, energy, the armed forces, criminal justice


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

BHF across the UK


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

What is different at Holyrood to Westminster ?

  • Constituency and list MSPs...

  • Minority govt- so arguments matter

  • Access to MSPs/Ministers is easier

  • They expect you to talk to them - first

  • Effective campaigns less confrontational

  • Civic society more influential (?)


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

What doesn’t work at Holyrood?

  • Saying - England’s done it, why aren’t you?

  • Shouting too loud...

  • Bombarding MSPs with content - when they will listen to YOU anyway

  • Shoehorning Scottish campaigners into an action eg A Fit Choice?


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

Case Study - Headline goes here


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

Case Study - Headline goes here


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

Cigarette vending machines are totally out of order


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

Example from Holyrood – vending machines

  • BHF focus on Vending machines across UK

  • Building consensus- eg via CPG

  • Close working with Ministers, SPADs, other parties

  • Govt and other parties onside....

    Then - Industry lobby + change in Labour ranks =

    a last minute wobble...

  • 2 weeks of intense lobbying to get a u turn...


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

When e-campaigning really worked

  • Parliamentary motion- 26 signatures, 4 party support- campaigners crucial

  • Using the media- eg letters to editors

  • Countering the tobacco industry/small retailers’ arguments - in each constituency

  • Result... Labour vote against own amend

  • So - as a TACTIC - can be very effective


Campaigning with devolved governments and the eu

Case Study - Headline goes here

Campaigning in a 4 nation way can be really hard...


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