Don't Wait to Have a Say; Behindtheheadlines Elections Tend to Pique the Public's Political Interest but Even Though This Year's Is over, People Do Not Need to Wait until 2022 before Making Their Voice Heard Again. Ros Taylor, the Editor of Democratic Audit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Provides Some Tips for Those Who Wish to Remain Politically Involved between Now and the Next Election

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Don't Wait to Have a Say; Behindtheheadlines Elections Tend to Pique the Public's Political Interest but Even Though This Year's Is over, People Do Not Need to Wait until 2022 before Making Their Voice Heard Again. Ros Taylor, the Editor of Democratic Audit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Provides Some Tips for Those Who Wish to Remain Politically Involved between Now and the Next Election


THINK ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED IN A PARTY "You need to think about whether you want to get involved in a party," Ms Taylor said.

"Just after an election is the perfect time to join because if you get involved, if we do have an election in 2022 you could be running as an MP - that's about the time it takes to work your way through the party mechanism and find out how it works.

"Now is the time to get involved if you feel identification with a party and if you want to go out there and make a difference."

JOIN OR START A CAMPAIGNING GROUP Political parties are not to everyone's tastes. If none align with your views then finding a group campaigning on issues that matter most to you is the next step, Ms Taylor said.

"If it's a national issue there will almost certainly be an organisation that's campaigning about it. If it's a local issue there might be, and if there isn't then that's something that you could start yourself," she suggested.

It can be hard to know where to start a campaign, or imagine the power it can have, but a book like Lobbying For Change is a very practical toolkit, she said.

"I'd really recommend that. There's nothing else like it out there."

Otherwise, joining a pre-existing organisation can be cathartic.

Ms Taylor said: "It's amazing how powerful it feels if you really care about something and find an organisation out there that is campaigning on that issue. Just joining an organisation will make you feel that you are doing something.

"You don't even have to give money to them to make a difference, you can just give your time, or get their updates and donate your skills in other ways to them.

"There are all kinds of weird ways you might not expect to do that. For example I occasionally do a bit of editing for a hospital in London which I've been treated at in the past. That's quite a specific thing because it's using a skill that I have and which otherwise it would have to pay for, so it makes a big difference. …

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