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14:11 PM | 22 June 2011

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My route into the advertising industry has been unconventional to say the least. I started out in Westminster, interning for a couple of MPs as a student.

My route into the advertising industry has been unconventional to say the least. I started out in Westminster, interning for a couple of MPs as a student. After graduating with a degree in politics from the University of East Anglia, I started full time work as a parliamentary assistant to a Somerset MP, where I worked for nearly three years.  So yeah, it is fair to say I’m a politics geek. So how and why did I get into the advertising industry?

Whilst working for my Member of Parliament, I worked on legislation; a private members bill (where a back bench MP can put forward their own piece of legislation) and assisted my boss with various projects.  It was during the time where my boss had his private members bill to reduce fuel poverty across the UK, where I got the opportunity to work with trade bodies, charity campaigners, and a whole host of interest groups. I realised I wanted to work on policy in-depth, you see it’s easy when you work in parliament to become a jack of all trades and a master of none, but here I had the opportunity to really get to grips with a subject area and to lobby MPs and Ministers to support our work. Quite simply, I loved it. At the same time my boss was chairing a commission on privacy for his political party, so I had the opportunity to go out of Westminster and talk to experts about issues such as data protection. The area is fast-paced and it became clear very quickly that at that time there was a knowledge gap in Westminster on those issues. I think it is fair to say there are many in Westminster still misinformed on the subject.

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