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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.

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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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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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Inquiry into Bullying and Harassment of MPs’ Parliamentary Staff

Parliament has published the report by Gemma White QC into Bullying and Harassment of MPs’ Parliamentary Staff You can read  it here: Gemma White QC’s report. The House of Commons Commission has published a response in which it states: We condemn bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff and offer our full support to anyone in the …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 11 July 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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Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme

As part of the 2018 Hate Crime Action Plan refresh, the fourth year of funding for the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme is now open for applications. Over the first three years of the scheme more than 130 places of worship have been awarded grants to install measures such as protective alarms, security …

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Imperial College London’s launch of The Forum with guest speaker Sir Patrick Vallance: TODAY

Imperial College London’s Professor Nick Jennings invites you to a special event to launch The Forum, Imperial’s new policy engagement programme. The Forum brings Imperial’s community and policy-makers together to discuss, debate and discover new thinking on policy challenges. Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, will speak about the importance of academia and …

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Erskine May Online

Students of parliamentary procedure – and aren’t we all – will be overjoyed to that Erskine May is now online and searchable thanks to the tremendous efforts of the team at parliament.uk  Much more than a set of rules, Erskine May is a description of how procedure in the House of Commons and House of …

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Downloadable Certificate of Employers’ Liability

All MPs are covered by employers’ liability insurance and a copy of the certificate should be printed and displayed in your office. See our note for a link to a PDF of the certificate.

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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.

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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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 bensusani@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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