Welcome to w4mp

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.


Parliament has been dissolved.

When Parliament is dissolved, every seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant. All business in the House comes to an end. MPs stop representing their constituencies. There will be no MPs until after the general election.

During the period until the General Election on December 12 w4mp will continue to operate, but any references to MPs should be read in this context.

The House Authorities have published Dissolution Guidance for

Please see our Dissolution Page for more links.

We look forward to providing support and guidance for all staff working for MPs elected in the forthcoming election.


Hoby Cartoon for November 2019
Hoby Cartoon for November 2019

Latest news from w4mp

Dissolution Events for Staff

Four dissolution events are taking place for staff. Full details including venues are on the Parliamentary Intranet and you can turn up without booking. Sheffield – Thursday (7th) – 11-1 Glasgow Friday (8th) 10-1 Cardiff Tuesday (12th) – 10-1 Crewe Wednesday 13th 2-4 See the Intranet page for more.

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Women and Parliament Virtual Tour

Have you seen the Women and Parliament 360° virtual tour? See where the 1866 first mass petition for female suffrage was handed in, find out about the campaign for equal voting rights, and more. Take a virtual tour bit.ly/2Nu62aZ The content of the Women and Parliament virtual tour draws on research and content from the …

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Dissolution Guidance

With the prospect of a General Election looming, we have created a page with links to the official guidance on dissolution. Our dissolution page will be updated with information and new links as we receive them.

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Archived guides can be found on the w4mp archive. They should not be relied on as expressions of current practice.

alt.guides

Our humourous alt.guides can be found on alt.w4mp.org, along with an archive of Hoby cartoons.

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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.

Dissolution Events for Staff

Four dissolution events are taking place for staff. Full details including venues are on the Parliamentary Intranet and you can turn up without booking. Sheffield – Thursday (7th) – 11-1 Glasgow Friday (8th) 10-1 Cardiff Tuesday (12th) – 10-1 Crewe Wednesday 13th 2-4 See the Intranet page for more.

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Women and Parliament Virtual Tour

Have you seen the Women and Parliament 360° virtual tour? See where the 1866 first mass petition for female suffrage was handed in, find out about the campaign for equal voting rights, and more. Take a virtual tour bit.ly/2Nu62aZ The content of the Women and Parliament virtual tour draws on research and content from the …

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Dissolution Guidance

With the prospect of a General Election looming, we have created a page with links to the official guidance on dissolution. Our dissolution page will be updated with information and new links as we receive them.

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House of Commons Library Help Hub Community

Have you visited the House of Commons Library Help Hub Community yet? The Help Hub Community is a forum where caseworkers can ask each other questions, share experiences and provide advice.  They also run regular ‘ask the expert sessions’ with Library specialists. MPs’ Staff should have been sent an email inviting them to join the …

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Survey of MPs Staff – please respond

Following the Gemma White QC Report into bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff, the House of Commons service are thinking about what they can do to help to include MPs’ staff within the parliamentary community.  They would like to take the opportunity to ask you your views on how they can best do this.  The …

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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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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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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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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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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.

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“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.