Part One: Standing for Election

Part Two: In the States

Part Three: Everything Else

What if I don’t get the role I want?

First up, don’t despair. There are ways you can pursue your interest even if you’re not on the responsible Committee – requetes, amendments and parliamentary questions are all tools to check up on Committee progress, and even to make things happen, from the outside.

Also, think about whether you can be equally effective elsewhere. There are only 40 of you, and a lot of roles to fill – your talents are bound to be needed. If you spend the whole of the Committee Election period licking your wounds because you didn’t get the role you wanted, you’ll miss the chance to get a decent role elsewhere. Swallow your pride, put your ego on ice, and concentrate on finding a place to fit in. You can deal with the hurt afterwards – you’ve got to be pragmatic for now.

Remember, the P&R President and P&R Committee Members are elected first. Then all the other Presidents, in alphabetical order – first of all the Principal Committees, then Scrutiny, then the rest. And finally, the Committee Members, in the same order.

There is at least an overnight break between each of those four elections, so if you’ve been disappointed early on, you’ve got time to get in touch with people and line up your candidacy for something else. But if you’re disappointed during the Committee elections, and decide to seek a seat on a different Committee, you may honestly just have to turn to the people sat to your left and right, and ask “will you propose / second me?”, so you can quickly throw your hat in the ring.

Be as flexible and adaptable as you can be about your Committee preferences, because there will be so much change during the elections. If you’re certain that having a seat on a Committee is something you want out of this term, then try to have two or three options lined up – but make sure they’re not all the same intense level of work, in case you end up getting them all!