MP Shadowing Schemes
The MP Shadowing Scheme was launched in 1999 to increase the number of minority ethnic MPs in Parliament.
The scheme pairs participants – called parliamentary shadows - with members of the House of Commons and Lords.
They shadow their mentor for six months, assisting in Westminster and the constituency. They experience national and local politics from the inside and learn more about the role of those who govern.
Backbenchers and ministers from all the major parties take part as mentors, providing a nurturing environment and support for the potential future MPs.
The participants use their acquired skills and knowledge to act as parliamentary ambassadors - encouraging others to become involved in the political process.
Many graduates have entered politics as a result of the scheme.