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The Working for an MP website is a resource for anyone working for a British Member of Parliament or with an interest in how Parliament works. You can read about the site’s history, or get in touch with suggestions or feedback.

Welcome (back) to all staff from w4mp!

For those of you who are new to working for a Member of Parliament, or who are continuing to work for your newly re-elected Member, you might like to know that Chris Sear, Head of Customer Services for the Customer Team, is very happy to discuss any issues you might have.

Chris can be contacted by email at searcm@parliament.uk, or on (020 7219) 1735 during office hours – if Chris isn’t around someone from the Customer team will be happy to help.

Much of the information you need to help you get started is available in the Members’ Handbook (intranet), which is the definitive guide to the services offered by offer. The Members’ Staff Handbook (intranet)should be used in conjunction with this, as it contains information for Members’ staff both in the constituency and at Westminster.

The Digital Service will provide you with computer equipment, network services including Wi-Fi on the Parliamentary Estate, broadband off the estate, 24/7 online and telephone support, face to face drop-in centres in Westminster and next day on-site support for computer equipment across the UK. You will need your Parliamentary email in order to access the intranet, where you will find a lot of valuable help.


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You can search the whole site, including guides, using  this search box:


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“The MPs’ assistants and researchers walk at twice the pace of everyone else and their eyes burn twice as fiercely”
John Crace, The  Guardian, 14 May 2015

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News

Please let us know of items you think will be of interest – email editor@w4mp.org 

Latest news below, or you can read all news items.

Responding to the recent cyber-attack

As things settle down following the ‘sustained and determined’ cyberattack on Parliamentary IT systems , Daniel Thornton of the Institute for Government has posted an article  in which he says  that MPs are particularly vulnerable and need to take responsibility for their cyber security. You can read it on their website.  Daniel notes that ‘the …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 27 June 2017 As always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date. Please go here to see the new information (you need to have an intranet login to access this page).

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Having problems logging in?

As you will be aware, as a result of the cyber-attack at the weekend, the good folks in the IT department have been working round the clock to protect the system. Many of you will find that you are having problems logging in at the moment, whilst the work is ongoing. Please do not ring …

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Issues with Parliamentary email

Remote access to email is currently limited following the discovery of an attack intended to disclose passwords.  This also limits remote access to the intranet. On June 24 a parliamentary spokesperson said: “We have discovered unauthorised attempts to access accounts of parliamentary networks users and are investigating this ongoing incident, working closely with the National …

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Recess dates have been updated

The revised recess dates are now available online. You can view the current schedule of recess dates on the Parliament website.

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Information about Brexit process and negotiations

The UK lawyer and journalist David Allen Green has a series of tweets in which he offers his suggestions for places to look/people to follow for information about Brexit.  It’s presented here ‘without comment’ @davidallengreen tweets at https://twitter.com/davidallengreen/status/876681957991751680 1.  So – which accounts should you follow so as to follow the thrills and spills of …

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How HMRC can help you to help your constituents – updated version

HMRC have updated their very helpful booklet, explaining how they can help you to help your constituents. If you would like a copy of this booklet sending to you by email, please let us know. *** Please note that we are only able to send this to current MPs and their staff with intranet email accounts.  It …

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Anniversary of the death of Jo Cox

From Parliamentary website: One year on from the tragic death of Jo Cox, the Member for Batley and Spen, the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, has issued the following message of remembrance: Jo Cox was taken from us cruelly last year. As she made her way to a constituency meeting …

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Can’t get into your Banner account?

It’s OK, it’s not you. Banner has temporarily disabled all of the bespoke stationery accounts whilst they update their records following the General Election.  They’re working on it at the moment, but are not yet able to say when they will be re-enabled. The general accounts are still accessible.

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Advice and Support from Customer Services

For those of you who are new to working for a Member of Parliament, or who are continuing to work for your newly re-elected Member, you might like to know that Chris Sear, Head of Customer Services for the Customer Team, is very happy to discuss any issues you might have. Chris can be contacted …

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Guides

Here you will find a collection of guides to good practice that  will offer you advice in carrying out the main activities expected of you in your job that will complement that information and, we hope, help you in your job.

They are constantly being revised and updated so if you do print a guide out please remember to check back from time to time.

You can search the whole site, including these guides, using the standard search bar or this search box:

We also include links to resources that will be of use to staff. Some of these are on the Parliamentary Intranet and can only be accessed if you have an appropriate login.

Current Guides
Online Resources

Many resources are available to MPs staff, including:

the Parliamentary intranet

House of Commons Library

Parliamentary Digital Service

Alt.Guides

Our light-hearted alt.guides are also available

W4MP Archive

W4MP has been in operation since 2010 and we have published hundred of guides in that time. Many of these have been superseded and removed from our main site, but they can be consulted on our archive site. These are for research purposes and should not be relied upon as a guide to current practice.

 

Notices

Small ads from staff for accommodation – available or wanted – goods for sale etc.

2 Double Rooms available in Brockley

Ref: 2782 Two furnished double rooms available to rent in SE4 in flat overlooking Hilly Fields park. All bills included including internet. £750 pcm each. One of the rooms has an ensuite bathroom the other has its own bathroom across the hall. Shared use of kitchen and living room. 10 mins from Crofton Park / …

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House to let – Wimbledon

Ref: 2781 Two-bedroom house to let in Battle Close, Wimbledon, SW19 on the Northern Line. £1650 per month plus bills. Garden and parking space included.  Near Virgin Active Gym. Contact hammondsp@parliament.uk

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2 Bedroom flat to rent in Oval/Brixton

Ref: 2780 Lovely 2 bedroom flat available for rent in Oval/ Brixton.  The rent is £1640 per month (£820 each if sharing) excluding bills and council tax. Ideally located being 10 mins walk from Oval tube station, 20 mins walk from Brixton and 15 from Vauxhall and Stockwell.  There are buses from outside the front …

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Spanish home for rent

Ref: 2638 Spanish property in Andalucia for rent. Situated in a typical Pueblo Blanco, 20 minutes from the coast.  Perfect location for excursions to Malaga, Grenada and Nerja and day trips to the beach. In the foothills of the Sierra Nervada mountain range – excellent if you’re into mountain biking or hiking. See https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1181881 for …

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5-a-side football for MPs and Parliamentary Staff

Ref: 2585 A weekly 5 a side kickabout for MPs and staff is looking for new players of all ages and abilities. Men and women players welcome. Established in 1997, the ethos is fun and fair – we’re competitive but never dirty! Games are from 9 to 10am on Tuesdays, at Queen Mother Leisure Centre, …

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Please note that we can only accept notices from staff of MPs or others with a current @parliament.uk email address.  Use this form to submit a notice. Please don’t forget to let us know if your notice needs to be removed, e.g. if your accommodation has been let. If you have just started working for an MP and don’t have a parliamentary email address yet, ask a colleague to place a Notice for you.

Gov. uk has useful advice if you  want to rent out a room in your home.  If you are renting out either a room or a whole property, please read this important information on ‘Right to Rent’.

Finding and Posting Jobs

Our job site features a wide range of jobs relating to politics, including jobs working for MPs, Peers, MSPs and AMs.

Please go to to  w4mpjobs.

Before you start you may want to consult our useful guide to getting a job with an MP.

If you wish to place a job ad you can do so on w4mpjobs but please read the guidance carefully.

We got the perfect person for the job. There were over 100 applicants and every one of them could do the job. I will highly recommend your website to anyone I meet who is looking for a job or staff.

“We had a staggering number of responses from many very well qualified candidates and I am very grateful to you for the excellent service you provide.