With nations and regions of the United Kingdom facing different and changing levels of restriction, the Patchwork Foundation has continued to deliver Rockwell’s Masterclass series remotely. On 22 October 2020, the Rockwell team caught up with our ‘Patchworkers’ to join them in a discussion with the Rt Hon Amanda Milling, MP for Cannock Chase.
This virtual event was a chance to hear from Amanda about her life in politics and how, in only five years as an MP, she’s reached the top-table of her party. Having been elected at the 2015 general election, Amanda has since served as Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Commons and was elected Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2020.
Amanda performs a hugely challenging role in her party, helping hold onto “the blue wall” of new Conservative voters in northern England and taking steps which include setting up a Party HQ in Leeds to achieve this. She spoke impactfully with Rockwell’s Masterclass cohort about the way that our experiences shape us, with one example being the benefits that her degree in Economics and Statistics brings in her role as Conservative Co-Chair when being asked to analyse data.
What also became clear from the questions of patchworkers was their interest in the way that Amanda balances her heavy work load with her home life, a challenge which we all face irrespective of our age or expertise. Her advice was always ensure you make time to do the things you love (which for Amanda means time in the countryside) and to keep your commitments to those who matter, whether it be coffee with a friend or helping a neighbour. At times such as these, this approach is doubtless more important than ever before.