The RSS ‘Parliament Counts’ campaign was launched just before the UK’s 2015 general election, and encouraged RSS members and supporters to contact their local parliamentary candidates, asking them to agree to attend the training sessions if elected.
A total of 2,745 messages were sent to candidates around the country, covering hundreds of constituencies from St Ives in Cornwall to the Orkney Islands. 325 candidates across the political spectrum signed up to the campaign, of which 55 were successfully elected on 7 May.
The RSS has now arranged the MP training session to take place on 20 October 2015 – which is also World Statistics Day – focusing on the use and interpretation of statistics in public life. A second event for parliamentary staff will take place in the same week. Official support for the workshops has also been secured from the House of Commons Library, which will contribute to both events.