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The BRIT POLITICS Story


Elizabeth Hill-Scott
In 2013, sat at my desk in Whitehall, London I knew I wanted a change.

I enjoyed my job, how could I not? A politics graduate surrounded by history and live international politics every day! 

But, I'd spent 12 years in press and communications and the weekly commute back home to Yorkshire was starting to drag.

An idea called BRIT POLITICS had been floating around for about a decade. The premise. What if everything fact-finders and students needed about British history and politics could all be in one place? 


I’d worked on BRIT POLITICS as a ‘side hustle’ for a while, with the irreplaceable Dr. Ed Gouge, and loved the freedom to create something of my own. 

There was no email, copied into a cast of thousands, to approve a logo – I just did it!

So, in 2014 I left my full-time job. 

Now, I'll confess BRIT POLITICS grew slowly for a while. I got married in style, traveled a lot and had my little boy, Harry. 

When I got serious again there was so much to learn.

Mistakes were made, of course, like…

  • Trying to be a 24hr news service. Well, it took two years to realise I should leave the BBC, and its hundreds of staff, to it!
  • Commissioning excellent but expensive graphic design when I didn't really know fully what we were about
  • Getting carried away with stylish design at the expense of accessibility (still working on this)

I faced some personal stuff…

  • I'm an introvert. So, after over a decade writing for everyone else, it was strange to put my name, my picture and my views out there for all to see
  • I really underestimated the learning curve. I knew nothing about Facebook ads, affiliate schemes, data protection, web coding, and publishing options… (you get it…the list is long…) 
  • Needing to learn things from scratch made balancing home and work tough. And still does when your toddler thinks sleep is optional. 
But... getting the first visitor, ‘retweet’ and ‘like’ was so exciting. 

I couldn’t have imagined in 2017 our 1000+ pages would be viewed close to a million times. 

It took three years to understand I could apply my motivation into real services…


It wasn’t until 2017 I truly saw my love of British politics and history had shaped every educational and work choice I had ever made. 

I realised I’ve been in your shoes at every step and through BRIT POLITICS I can share my experience in a meaningful way.

  • You see, from 14 years old I did GCSE then A level history. 
  • I chose an undergraduate and masters degree in politics and international relations. 
  • I struggled massively with political theory
  • I went through and survived nerve-wracking exams
  • I slogged the research, writing, and editing of countless essays and two dissertations.  
Then, after four great years, I had to find a job with a politics degree but my C.V, apart from being the world’s worst waitress for a few summers, was lacking any professional experience.

I flirted for a nano-second with journalism and frontline politics before deciding I wasn't thick-skinned enough for either. 

I stumbled into communications and spent twelve years learning the hard way how to write effective press releases and briefing papers for busy politicians, research the facts, write-up interviews, produce magazine articles, speeches, and other engaging copy. 

Now, for four years I've built a website from nothing, written blogs, reviews, content, and articles for BRIT POLITICS.

So, we’re focusing on you and your studies

After four years we know a lot more about what you need. 

We still give you great factual information in one place but we’ve dedicated study portals if you’re at school, college or university. 

Our content, whether it’s statistics, quotes; speeches or articles from leading experts can be lifted and used straight away. 

We help you with research, grammar, and exam techniques and give you tips on managing stress and looking after yourself, 

We want to help you build your C.V

I remember trying to get a job with no experience thinking hmmm ‘how am I going to get experience if no one will take a chance on me.' Sound familiar? 

Well, at BRIT POLITICS you can write for us anytime.

It could be a factual page about the UK-U.S Special Relationship, a profile on Prime Minister Disraeli, or a blog about whether they'll be a Conservative Party leadership challenge before 2020. 

Everything you write will have your name, picture, and bio. This is what your work could look like.

So, get your views out there; use our platform to get yourself published and promoted. 

And, if you need some help, we’re working on useful guides, videos and in the future courses to build the skills you can take with you into the workplace. 

You don’t need any technical skills. 

We don’t mind if you’ve never been published before, if you’re still at school, not from the UK, an academic with an interesting research paper, not even a student but passionate about politics, or you graduated twenty years ago. We’re here to give you that start.

So get going. And if you need anything just get in touch

Elizabeth

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