Access talks can be a vital part of preparation for government.
MPs with ambitions of being put in charge of a department must prepare, plan and set priorities now if they want to make an impact.
Conservative MPs who want to become Prime Minister must face the practical challenges of being head of government.
Twenty years after devolution, Ministers in Scotland and Wales say they are ignored by the Government in Westminster, and this feeling has been heightened in the wake of the Brexit referendum, says a new report by the Institute for Government.
The IfG provides opportunities for professional development for ministers, MPs and peers.
The Government must professionalise Whitehall to meet the complex challenges it now faces.
To succeed, delivery units need a well-defined remit and strong political backing.
As ministers grapple with the huge challenges of Brexit and the domestic policy agenda, this report looks at how they can be effective in their jobs.
Being an effective minister means balancing multiple roles and relationships. This briefing paper has been produced as part of the Ministers Reflect project.
Winning an election is hard enough, but leading effectively and getting to grips with governing is a whole other challenge – one that can require a completely different set of skills to those used on the campaign trail.