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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.


Hoby Cartoon for July 2018
Hoby Cartoon for July 2018

Find out about the help and advice available to staff from the House of Commons.

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

You can search the whole site, including guides, using  this search box:

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


 

 

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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.

Join the Leonard Cheshire Disability Campaign Steering Group

Leonard Cheshire Disability  supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. They are looking for 8 – 10 people who are either disabled, or have experience living with disability, to form a new Campaign Steering Group. The Campaign Steering group will advise their Campaigns Team and ensure all …

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W4MP players wanted for successful south London Sunday Football Club, in 20th Anniversary Year​​

Westminster Wanderers Football Club are looking for new players for the upcoming 2018/19 season and beyond.​​ Friendly club, welcoming all ages/abilities ​​ Weekly training on Battersea Park Astro​​ Fixtures played across Tooting (home), Clapham, Wandsworth and Merton ​​ Regular competitive 11-a-side football​​ The best kits in London amateur football​​ Annual tours as far as New York City and Reykjavik​​ …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 4 July 2018. There have been some major changes to the contact details for Child Maintenance and for Personal Independence Payments so, 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 …

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MPs who have crossed the floor..

The Commons Library has just published a useful list with details of  when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted. Read it here They would like your help: as they say, ‘Due …

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Archived guides at archive.w4mp.org

We have updated the w4mp guides archive at http://archive.w4mp.org/ – if you are looking for an old guide then please go there – out of date guides are being removed from this site.

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Voice and Vote: Westminster Hall exhibition

Between 27 June and 6 October 2018, a major exhibition, Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament, will be staged in Westminster Hall. Using both interactive features and historic exhibits, Voice & Vote will highlight the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. More details …

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Take home pay calculator

In the UK, salaries are always quoted as gross and figuring out your take home net pay or gross to net salary is your responsibility.   This site has calculated carefully all possible gross annual salaries to give you the net salary you will take home.  The net salaries are calculated to show the exact amount …

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World Cup Action

Amidst the petabytes of press coverage of the World Cup, Politico has done the one useful thing of finding out where best to watch matches in the vicinity of Westminster (we assume those working in constituency offices have enough local knowledge to track down a screen). According to today’s London Playbook: The match is live …

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The Influence of Where You Live

New analysis of 15 years of the Hansard Society‘s Audit of Political Engagement data shows how geography is an important factor in determining whether citizens feel they have influence on decision-making at the national level, even when other key factors that influence political engagement – such as education and social class – are taken into …

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Single Parent MPs

There’s an interesting article in this week’s New Statesman about the life at Westminster for single parent MPs – although there are no official figures, it is thought that the 2017 intake of MPs had the highest ever number of single parents. The full article is on the New Statesman website.  

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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.

Room in a historic Westminster house for rent

Ref: 2804 Cosy & quiet large room for ONE PERSON in a beautiful, historic house in Westminster.  An 8 minute walk to the Palace of Westminster. Sharing with a family with teenage children. Would suit a tidy,quiet-living MP or Parliamentary staff member. Own room with double bed, bedside chest of drawers, wardrobe, & space for …

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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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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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