[Sticky] The press
Press Cycles are where journalists come looking for MPs to give comments on topical events. Each cycle will start with a question or topic, and MPs are invited to make their comments. When the discussion comes to an end, the press battle will be marked. The best comments will earn attention for their party, for potential future rewards, and experience points for the MP, making them more well known to the public and more influential in their party.
The "General Comments" Cycle doesn't have a specific topic and can be use to make comments on matters that aren't covered by their own specific Cycle. As it has no natural end, it will be marked on a recurring basis. Important subjects raised in the "General Comments" Cycle may be promoted into a full normal cycle.
If you want to give a speech you can. Speeches to party members or to relevant associated groups (i.e. Labour can talk at union events) don't need permission. For anything bigger, just ask - we'll probably say yes. Post them in a separate thread.
If you just need to make a short statement and are happy to receive questions, think about scheduling a press conference on discord - just ask the A Team.