What is political monitoring?

What is political monitoring?

Political monitoring can help you cut through the noise to avoid risk and seize opportunities

Political monitoring is the process of tracking and analysing political developments to identify trends, patterns and risks. It can be used to inform strategic decision-making, manage public relations and mitigate reputational damage.

Political monitoring can be used to track a wide range of political activity, including:

  • Government policy announcements
  • Legislative changes
  • Parliamentary debates
  • Media coverage
  • Social media activity

Political monitoring can be used to identify a wide range of risks and opportunities, including:

  • Regulatory changes
  • New government policies
  • Political instability
  • Reputational damage

How DeHavilland political monitoring can help you

DeHavilland political monitoring is a comprehensive service that provides you with the insights you need to stay ahead of the curve and make informed decisions. Our team of experts uses the latest AI technology to monitor thousands of sources of political data, so you can be confident that you’re getting the most up-to-date information.

We can tailor our monitoring service to your specific brief, so you only receive the information that is relevant to your organisation and objectives. We also offer real-time alerts, so you can be the first to know about important developments.

Our analysts have in-depth policy knowledge and can personally contextualise your data in regularly scheduled meetings, ad-hoc sessions or via comprehensive reports. This means that you can be confident that you are understanding the political landscape and how it could impact your business.

Benefits of political monitoring

Political monitoring can provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Reduced risk: Political monitoring can help you to identify and mitigate political risks. For example, if you are aware that a new government policy is being proposed that could impact your business, you can take steps to prepare for it.
  • Improved decision-making: Political monitoring can help you to make more informed decisions. For example, if you’re considering launching a new product or expanding into a new market, you can use political monitoring to assess the political risk landscape.
  • Enhanced reputation: Political monitoring can help you to enhance your reputation by demonstrating that you are aware of the political landscape and that you are taking steps to manage political risk.

How to get started with political monitoring

If you are interested in getting started with political monitoring, there are a few things you can do:

  1. Identify your needs: What are your specific political monitoring needs? What risks and opportunities are you most concerned about?
  2. Trial DeHavilland’s service: DeHavilland offers a trial of its political monitoring service and time with the team to understand how political monitoring can help you.
  3. Develop a monitoring plan: Your monitoring plan should meet your specific needs. This should include the sources of data you want to monitor, the frequency of monitoring and the types of alerts you want to receive. DeHavilland can help you determine all of these factors to get the most from your monitoring.


Political monitoring is an essential tool for any organisation that wants to stay ahead of the curve and make informed decisions. DeHavilland political monitoring can provide you with the insights you need to manage political risk and seize opportunities.


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Larnie has worked across journalism, copywriting and content since graduating from City, University London with a degree in Journalism and Mandarin.

She joined DeHavilland in October 2022 to help the DeHavilland and Forefront Adviser teams craft high-quality content to deliver exceptional value to our clients.

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James Wilson – Policy Coordinator

James joined DeHavilland in March 2023 after having read Global Political Economy and International Relations at Leiden University.

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Georgia Richardson – Policy Coordinator

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Eliza Kehoe – Policy Executive

Eliza joined DeHavilland in June 2023 having previously worked at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth in Ireland. Before this, she studied Business, Economics and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. 

Eliza looks after the health portfolio within the wider public services team. She is particularly interested in health inequalities and women’s health.

Lauren Atkins – Policy Consultant

Lauren has worked in political monitoring since she graduated from the University of Bath with a First Class degree in Politics and International Relations. She joined DeHavilland in February 2022 initially covering the Education and Welfare portfolio, before her interest in the Online Safety Bill led her to take on the Tech, Digital and Telecoms portfolio in early 2023.

Molly Stocker – Data Team Leader

Molly is currently the Data Team Leader at Dehavilland. She joined Dehavilland in March 2021 after studying politics at the University of Southampton and working as a data administrator at a trade association. Her interest in data has helped to expand sourcing and she is looking forward to the upcoming constituency boundary changes and how this will effect the next General Election.

Sophia Corfield – Policy Consultant

Sophia joined DeHavilland in June 2022. She heads up DeHavilland’s Public Services Team and leads on the pharmaceutical portfolio. Sophia enjoys following developments in the life sciences sector as its importance continues to grow in political discourse.

Before joining Dehavilland, Sophia graduated from the University of Reading with a first class degree in History and International Relations. After graduating she spent a year working as an Agent and Fundraiser for the Conservative Party.

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He enjoys watching post-Brexit regulatory divergence play out over time having tracked closely the passage of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023.

Arran Russell – Head of Content and Service

Arran has been at DeHavilland since January 2010. As Head of Content and Service he oversees what our clients receive in our monitoring service as well as the content and data on our website. He focuses his time on how we can improve how we support public affairs teams and is always working towards DeHavilland being the best in the business.

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She enjoys being able to work with a range of clients at the forefront of the issues of today, from recovering from the pandemic to efforts to decarbonise the sector.

Before joining DeHavilland, she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first class degree in History and Politics where she also spent a year abroad in Washington D.C.

Michael Cameron – Policy Consultant

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He looks after the housing, construction, and local government portfolio, within the wider infrastructure team. Within the housing sector, he particularly enjoys watching the ongoing debate about how and where the UK can build more homes.