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w4mp logo 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, or find out about the help and advice available to staff from the House of Commons.


Hoby Cartoon for October 2019
Hoby Cartoon for October 2019

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World Mental Health Day 2019: focus on suicide prevention

Thursday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. Wellbeing practitioners will be running a stall in PCH to promote good mental health at work and encourage everyone to know what support and resources are available to them. A team of Mental Health First Aiders will also be running stalls and activities in Parliamentary buildings across …

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Flu Vaccination Drop-in Clinics

Flu vaccination clinics have been arranged for 15, 16 and 17 October in the Palace of Westminster.  These are available to Staff of the House of Commons, PDS, Members of the House of Commons and their staff. Please see the intranet for further information: https://intranet.parliament.uk/employment/health-and-wellbeing/whats-on/flu-vaccination—drop-in-clinic-/

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Protests expected around Parliament

Extinction Rebellion are planning two weeks of direct action, commencing on Sunday 6 October. The protests will take the form of peaceful ‘camps’ around Westminster, and  high levels of disruption are expected. See the post on the Parliamentary Intranet for more details.    

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World Mental Health Day 2019: focus on suicide prevention

Thursday 10 October is World Mental Health Day. Wellbeing practitioners will be running a stall in PCH to promote good mental health at work and encourage everyone to know what support and resources are available to them. A team of Mental Health First Aiders will also be running stalls and activities in Parliamentary buildings across …

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Flu Vaccination Drop-in Clinics

Flu vaccination clinics have been arranged for 15, 16 and 17 October in the Palace of Westminster.  These are available to Staff of the House of Commons, PDS, Members of the House of Commons and their staff. Please see the intranet for further information: https://intranet.parliament.uk/employment/health-and-wellbeing/whats-on/flu-vaccination—drop-in-clinic-/

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Protests expected around Parliament

Extinction Rebellion are planning two weeks of direct action, commencing on Sunday 6 October. The protests will take the form of peaceful ‘camps’ around Westminster, and  high levels of disruption are expected. See the post on the Parliamentary Intranet for more details.    

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Parliament Resumes

As you may have heard on the news, the Supreme Court has ruled that the proroguing of Parliament was unlawful and therefore did not actually happen, and the Commons will sit tomorrow. Here at w4mp we’d like to send good wishes to everyone whose plans have been changed at short notice and wish them all …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 24 September 2019 Please always ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out-of-date, and we sometimes get complaints from organisations when people use out-of-date information. Please go here to see the …

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New visual identity for House of Commons

News on the Parliament website that the House of Commons has updated its corporate visual identity to ensure it is accessible, in particular on digital platforms and mobile devices. The updates include an updated rendering of the Crowned Portcullis symbol that works effectively at all sizes in digital environments, and follows the changes developed for …

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Retirement Services Customer Service Team unavailable on Tuesday 16 July 2019

The Retirement Services Customer Service Team in Newcastle – which handles MP hotline enquiries – will be unavailable from 9 – 5 on Tuesday 16 July. The MP hotline numbers all have voicemail facility.  Therefore, any MP offices calling our numbers tomorrow can leave a voicemail message and we will call-back on Wednesday.

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MPs’ Guide to the NHS 2019

The NHS in England is made up of, and supported by, a number of different kinds of organisations at local and national level.  They have produced a very useful guide to who does what and how NHS services are funded, delivered and regulated for your constituents. If you are an MP or a member of …

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Rules Register

The House of Commons Governance Office has launched a Rules Register drawing together rules on access to and use of: The Parliamentary Estate House of Commons and bicameral facilities Parliamentary Digital Services The Rules Register has been designed to help you find the rules and guidance you need – and to give you assurance that …

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HMRC Casework Advice Surgery

HMRC’s next drop-in surgery, to which MPs and staff can bring HMRC-related constituent cases, takes place on 17 July between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room U of Portcullis House. HMRC experts on tax credits, PAYE and Self Assessment will be available to help resolve cases that your constituents might have raised.  They’ll also take away …

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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. 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

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.

Alt.Guides

Our light-hearted alt.guides are also available for your delectation and delight

Other Online Resources

Many additional resources are available to MPs staff, including:

Notices

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

Available – Room to rent in Highgate

Ref: 2828 ROOM AVAILABLE in Highgate home (nearest tube Zone 2) Full use of house facilities, wi-fi, garden, etc. £660 per month inclusive Contact: tom.sheppard@parliament.uk

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Available: Flat to Rent

Ref: 2827 FLAT FIVE MINUTES FROM PARLIAMENT SQUARE The flat consists of a large bedsit (5m x4m), own bathroom, and own small kitchen/breakfast room on Lord North Street.  It is independent space in the basement of a family home; access is shared with the home through its front door and utility area is shared. The …

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Home(s) needed for two cats

Ref: 2826 Due to unfortunate circumstances Kate and Pippa are looking for a new home They are 2 years old, affectionate, playful & don’t scratch (they are also very good mice deterrents), currently living in London. If anyone is interested in adopting one or both cats please contact gibsonja@parliament.uk

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Discounted holiday house on Greek island

Ref: 2825 Hello – a great friend of mine called Emily has a last minute availability to rent her house in Zakynthos. Available from 28 July – 10 August. Sleeps 15. £4,000 a week. Please let me know if you know anyone interested! Carolineb.craig@parliament.co.uk

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Available: Flat Share in Lower Sydenham

Ref: 2824 30 second walk to Lower Sydenham station – 15 minutes to London Bridge, 25 minutes to Charing Cross, 30 mins to Canary Wharf. The room comes furnished with a double bed, large chest of drawers, clothes rail and wall-mounted flat screen TV. As I have an en-suite in the master bedroom you’ll benefit …

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Ambitious Sunday League Football Club looking for new players

Westminster Wanderers Football Club are an established and successful adult amateur Sunday league club. We are affiliated to the London FA and play in the Southern Sunday Football League which operates across Lambeth, Wandsworth and Merton. We have players from politics, researchers, advisers, public affairs, policy, the civil service, PR, journalism, academia and beyond, and …

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Available – flat for rent in London

Ref: 2820 2 bedroom flat for rent in Oval/Brixton available for short-term and long-term let from 12 June 2019.  Excellent condition. Please get in touch for further details. Contact: olivia.kybett@parliament.uk

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Players wanted for Monday night 8aside Football

Players wanted for Monday night 8aside Football Westminster Wanderers FC run a Monday night 8aside football match at Pimlico Academy every week. We are looking for additional players to join the mailing list for our Monday night matches. Players are free to choose when to play, from one game a month to every Monday. Sides …

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Players wanted for successful Football Club in South London

Players wanted for successful Football Club in South London Westminster Wanderers are an established and successful Sunday League Football Club playing in and around Wandsworth and Merton. We are looking for new players for the 2017-18 season. We were born out of the Conservative Central Office side of the 1990s but now have Labour, Liberal …

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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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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.

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