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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.


If you prefer a more traditional layout for the site, this might please you.

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Hoby Cartoon for May 2018
Hoby Cartoon for May 2018

Help and advice for those working for an MP

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, especially from the Commons Library  Hub.

MPs’ staff can now sign up for an induction course. Lasting 3 hours, it covers some of the key things you need to do your job, keep safe on the Parliamentary estate and find your way around. Details are on Act (Intranet).

In addition the regular regional events continue and will  visit Cornwall, East Anglia and Kent over the next few months. Details are on the Intranet.

Whether you are new in the role or have been working for an MP for years, Chris Sear, Head of Customer Services for the Customer Team, is very happy to discuss any issues you might have.

 

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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.

Gardening for good

We only advertise jobs with a political dimension over on w4mpjobs, but this role from the human rights organisation Freedom from Torture may appeal to those who’ve had enough of the corridors of Westminster or a dark constituency office – they are looking for a gardener to work 14 hours a week for them. The …

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Help to organise Millennifest…

Common Vision is looking for Event Volunteers to support an exciting new event series piloting in 2018. MILLENNIFEST (www.millennifest.co.uk) is all about celebrating and inspiring the young leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow. We have a range of amazing speakers confirmed, including high profile politicians from 5 political parties, social activists and entrepreneurs, social …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 19 April 2018 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 …

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Clear the Lobby!

Clear the Lobby (clearthelobby.co.uk/newsletter) is a free email newsletter that explains the laws MPs are voting on each week in plain English. In just two  minutes of reading time a week, subscribers can get a good idea of the issues that politicians are set to debate, much of which is not covered in the mainstream …

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Parliamentary recruitment fair

Thursday 19 Apr 2018, 15:00 – 19:00 Westminster Hall Contact: Visit Parliament, 020 7219 4114, visitparliament@parliament.uk Parliament’s annual recruitment fair will take place on Thursday 19 April in Westminster Hall from 3pm – 7pm. As spaces are limited, tickets must be booked in advance. Please contact Visit Parliament by email or call 020 7219 4114. Pass …

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Parliament Choir

Do you enjoy singing but feel you don’t have time? Did you know there is a choir at Westminster? We meet for 2 hours every Monday evening in the Chapel Undercroft, so it is the perfect way to relax after a hard day’s work.  We are a very friendly group of all ages made up …

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WhatDoTheyKnow is ten years old..

WhatDoTheyKnow, mySociety’s Freedom of Information site, launched on 22 February, 2008 — ten whole years (plus a week) ago! They’ve marked its first decade by digging into a little history: A timeline showing how WhatDoTheyKnow’s story intertwines with the story of FOI in the UK A list of 50 news stories that users have uncovered …

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The Women Who Didn’t Get the Vote in 1918

WebRoots Democracy has an event on 20 February that may be of interest – see https://nvite.com/eb/42455897733   Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote in 1918. 2018 marks the centenary of the first women in the UK being allowed to vote. The 1918 Representation of the People Act allowed women over …

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New House of Commons online shop

The House of Commons has launched a brand new online shop, where you can purchase gifts, books, stationery, food & drink (but not alcohol), toys, clothing, jewellery and homewares. Have a look here: https://www.shop.parliament.uk/

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You are invited to take part in EqualiTeas

You are invited to take part in EqualiTeas (18 June-2 July 2018) a UK-wide celebration of our democratic equality that will mark the 90th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1928 in which all people were given the right to vote on an equal basis. Hold an event or activity Anyone can hold …

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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.

Flat share wanted

Ref: 2802 We have a new researcher starting in London in June. I am posting this on his behalf but please get in touch with me and I will pass on any messages. I’m moving to London for a new job in June as a parliamentary researcher and looking for fairly central/connected location to commute …

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Garage/Parking Space Available – Waterloo/Westminster area

Ref: 2799 GARAGE/PARKING SPACE IN WATERLOO-WESTMINSTER AREA Our parking space is located in an indoor underground garage metres away from the London Eye, right in the heart of London. The property is secured with 24-hour porters and CCTV, and access is granted through a fob. The space is on the first underground floor and right …

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Lovely Flat Share Available

Ref: 2798 I currently have one spare room available in a lovely house, sharing with one other young professional female. The flat has a large garden, newly renovated kitchen/ dining room, modern living room, two bathrooms and two bedrooms. It’s a 5 minute walk from Queen’s Road Peckham Station (Direct to London Bridge / Clapham …

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Short term flat in Morden

Ref: 2793 I am looking to let my very big double room in Morden for up to two months. The room is fully furnished and in a shared house of 6 professional housemates.  At the end of the Northern Line and you can get directly to Embankment for Westminster. The room is available between 24 …

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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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