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Overheard at Labour Party HQ, 0530hrs, Friday 7 October 2012

“You know I wish we’d put a bit more effort into getting on with the buggers than ripping them to shreds now”.

This unique role-playing exercise will simulate the negotiations which would be necessary if the next general election results in a genuinely hung parliament. The various participants will play the leaderships of the Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, and other parties. In their briefing documents, they will given different objectives which can be realised either by forming or frustrating a coalition agreement by their own party with others in this new parliament. The role-playing exercise will consist of five rounds each representing a key period in the build-up and aftermath of the election. At the end of the fifth round, the simulation will conclude with the formation of either a coalition or a minority government. There will be then an opportunity for participants to discuss their experience of the role-playing exercise and what can be learnt from it.

Russell King from Serious Games will umpire this role-playing exercise aided by staff and students from the Department of Politics & IR.

Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

Cost £10, inclusive of buffet lunch, coffee, wine, facilitation and all materials, and after action report, available from:

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