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

 


Hoby Cartoon for June 2019
Hoby Cartoon for June 2019

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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 18 June between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room P at 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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Essential Training for Members and Their Staff – Please help us test it before launch

“New essential training coming for all Members and Members’ staff which will be Mandatory each year – Please help us test it before launch”. The new content replaces the existing need for the individual courses and instead wraps all essential training into one package. We are looking for you to test whether this module is …

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IRMS Team Wins ‘Team of the Year’

Congratulations to the Parliamentary Archive  Information & Records Management Service which has won the UK Information and Records Management Society Team of the Year! Our A team of 10 staff, the Information and Records Management Service (IRMS) develops, advises on and implements information management (IM) policies and practices for the end-to-end management of current business …

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News

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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 18 June between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room P at 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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Essential Training for Members and Their Staff – Please help us test it before launch

“New essential training coming for all Members and Members’ staff which will be Mandatory each year – Please help us test it before launch”. The new content replaces the existing need for the individual courses and instead wraps all essential training into one package. We are looking for you to test whether this module is …

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IRMS Team Wins ‘Team of the Year’

Congratulations to the Parliamentary Archive  Information & Records Management Service which has won the UK Information and Records Management Society Team of the Year! Our A team of 10 staff, the Information and Records Management Service (IRMS) develops, advises on and implements information management (IM) policies and practices for the end-to-end management of current business …

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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 tomorrow between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room R at 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 any more …

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Available: Two double rooms for rent in flat overlooking park in SE4

Ref: 2821 Two rooms available in flat in Brockley overlooking Hilly Fields £800 pcm each including bills. Shared living room and kitchen.  Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Bills included: gas, electricity, water, council tax, internet. 45 mins to Westminster. Contact: dan.whittle@parliament.uk

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Waiting times for benefit appeals

Please note that the DWP is no longer able to obtain information on waiting times for appeals. MPs and their staff should contact HM Courts & Tribunals Service directly, using the details in the Hotlines list.

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Upcoming training courses

We have received information about upcoming training courses that staff can sign up for. Courses are free of charge to all Members’ staff who are paid through IPSA’s staffing allowance and travel costs to training events can be met from the expenses scheme administered by IPSA. Full details can be found in the training section …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 18 April 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. Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

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Commons Library launches podcast series on key policy areas

The House of Commons Library has launched a new podcast series, bringing MPs, their staff and the public coverage of key policy areas via interviews with impartial Library researchers. Each episode lasts for 20 minutes or under, and aims to get to the crux of current debates or offer an overview of topics being debated in …

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Media Trust’s Breaking into News initiative launches

Media Trust’s Breaking into News initiative, run in partnership with ITV News, invites you to come up with, write and create your own news story about a local issue that you’re passionate about. The competition was launched in 2011 with the aim of increasing diversity in UK broadcast journalism. Now in it’s eighth year, 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.

Room available in Highgate

Ref: 2823 Room available immediately in Highgate home. Zone 2. Full use of house facilities including small garden. £680 per month to include all bills. Further details from Iona Bensusan

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Available: Flat Share Upper Sydenham, Zone 3

Ref: 2822 Beautiful double room to rent in Victorian conversion.  The spacious two bedroom furnished flat has been refurbished to a high standard.  Desirable location with excellent transport links and on street parking. Further information available on Spareroom – https://bit.ly/2MieooO Contact: COURTNEYD@PARLIAMENT.UK

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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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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.