Why we like party conferences
Every year, politicians and members of each political party
gather to discuss policy and announce their big decisions for the
year(s) ahead. These party conferences are generally four or five
days long, and are attended by up to 10,000 people, including
politicians, party members, journalists and representatives from
charities and businesses.
For Prostate Cancer UK, having all the local and national
decision makers for each party in one place, at one time, is an
unmissable opportunity to get their attention and support for men
with prostate cancer. We meet the movers and shakers of each party,
which means that when we approach them with future campaigns, they
already know who we are and what we’re about.
As well as politicians, newspaper and TV journalists attend the
conferences, so it’s a really good time for us to try to raise
awareness of prostate cancer and the issues surrounding it through
the media – this year, you may have spotted our stand at the Lib
Dem conference on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show.
Flying the flag for men with prostate cancer
The message we took to the conferences this year was that care
for men with prostate cancer varies across the UK, and it
shouldn’t. All men should have access to the same high quality care
set out in our
Quality Checklist. We want politicians to use their local
influence with the NHS to help us get the Checklist adopted across
the UK and so improve care for men with prostate cancer.
We asked politicians to support our Quality Checklist. This
means that they might send out a press release to their local
papers publically supporting us, write to their local clinical
commissioning group or health board to encourage them to adopt our
Checklist or even invite us to promote it at their local council
meetings. Politicians represent the whole constituency that elected
them, so they have a lot of influence, which is why we want
their support for our campaigns!
This year, we also had a table football table at our stand
to link in with our partnership
with the football league, and spoke to over 260
politicians, including over 30 members of the Westminster
Government and Shadow Cabinet and 15 members of the Scottish
Secretary of State for Health in England Jeremy Hunt MP had
a go on the table football table.
And then spoke to our Campaigns Manager, Alexis about the
At the SNP conference, Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicola
Sturgeon MSP had a go.
The party conferences this year helped us build important
relationships to support our influencing work in the year
Help us lead change. You can sign up to volunteer with us. Read about how volunteer
Ann Howe got on when she came with us to the Lib Dem
And show your support for our Checklist by
signing our petition.