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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.


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Hoby Cartoon for September 2017
Hoby Cartoon for September 2017

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.

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.

Introducing the new Director of the Parliamentary Digital Service

Heading into the future without forgetting the past – A Parliamentary Digital Service Blog Post 2017 has included some unexpected things for the PDS. In her first week, Tracey Jessup talks about becoming the new Director, what PDS has achieved so far and what the future holds. Read more at the Parliamentary Digital Service Blog: https://pds.blog.parliament.uk/2017/09/15/heading-into-the-future-without-forgetting-the-past/  

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The eyes and ears of Hansard

The eyes and ears of Hansard – A Parliamentary Digital Service Blog Post Hansard isn’t only about the written word. They also stream and record more than 70 hours of live video every day when there’s a full set of Parliamentary proceedings to cover. Read more on the PDS Blog: https://pds.blog.parliament.uk/2017/09/13/the-eyes-and-ears-of-hansard/

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 21 September 2017 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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Developing our skills through 10% time

Developing our skills through 10% time – A Parliamentary Digital Service Blog Post You might have heard of companies which let their employees spend a percentage of their time on creative projects that will benefit them. Emma Allen introduced this in the last organisation she worked for and she’s blogged about doing the same for …

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Changes to courier deliveries to Parliament

There has been a change to the way in which courier deliveries are made to Parliament, and you should have received an email giving you the details. If you haven’t received the email, you can view the information on the intranet.  Please do take the time to go and read it, because it is very …

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DVLA hotline number temporarily out of order

The DVLA is currently experiencing some intermittent issues with external telephone calls. This means that some of you may experience problems when trying to call the MP hotline provided by the DVLA.  Engineers are working hard to fix the problem.  In the meantime, please use the email address provided on the hotline list.

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Social media and political polling

The House of Lords Committee on Political Polling and Digital Media takes evidence from Demos and academics in its second public evidence session. The sessions focus on the impact of social media on political opinion polling, the prospect for social media analysis to provide an alternative to traditional approaches to analysing public opinion and how the …

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Interview with Rob Greig, departing Director of PDS

In his final week, Director of the Parliamentary Digital Service Rob Greig reflects on his time working on digital transformation and the challenges ahead, in this excellent podcast from Ben Woodhams and Robert Brook. Worth subscribing to the UK Parliament feed on Soundcloud for more.

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New Online Course on Petitions

A new online course from Futurelearn will explain how petitioning the UK Parliament works and explore the possible impacts and outcomes. Discuss what makes a petition successful, understand the role of the Petitions Select Committee and explore case studies of petitions that have achieved change. It has been developed for Parliament Week. Sign up now …

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Child Benefit for the Over 16s

On 31 August each year, Child Benefit stops for those aged 16+ Child Benefit stops on 31 August on or after a child’s 16th birthday if they leave education or training.  It continues if they stay in approved education or training, but the Child Benefit Office must be notified of this.  A letter is sent to parents/guardians in a …

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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.

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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Room Available – Vauxhall

Ref: 2791 Double room available in a nice, relaxed flat in Vauxhall – walkable to Parliament.  Tube and buses just minutes away. Rent is £737 plus bills. The flat is split over the top floors of a townhouse in a typical London street. Quiet neighbors and safe area. Large shared lounge. It’s is a decent …

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Available: Double room with balcony – Canary Wharf

Ref: 2790 Large double room with a balcony overlooking the Thames and O2 arena.  Due to a change in personal circumstances, I am moving out of this beautiful room and looking for someone to take over my tenancy for the remaining 4 months – with extensions possible. Rent is £930 pcm, which includes all bills …

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Wanted: flat share

Ref: 2789 I am looking for a flat share either close to Parliament or with good public transport links. I work in Parliament and need to find somewhere in the next three weeks. But can possibly wait longer. My budget is £700-£1000 per calendar month. Contact: joshua.gray@parliament.uk

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Double Room available in Brockley

Ref: 2782 Furnished double room available to rent in SE4 in flat overlooking Hilly Fields park. All bills included including internet. £750 pcm. Shared use of kitchen and living room. 10 mins from Crofton Park / Brockley / St Johns / Lewisham stations. Contact: dan.whittle@parliament.uk

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Room Available – Kilburn

Ref: 2788 Looking for someone to replace me in a shared two bedroom flat within a stone’s throw of Kilburn station (only 20 mins from Westminster on the Jubilee Line, and only a short walk from West Hampstead Thameslink and Brondesbury Overground). A massive double room is available from late August 2017 for £722.50 pcm …

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Rooms available in Vauxhall

Ref: 2787 I have two rooms available in my Vauxhall flat starting in October. 20/25 min walk to Parliament so very handy/convenient for work and also v close to Vauxhall train/tube/bus stations so good for going out and about. Flat is v spacious, with eat in kitchen, lounge and big bathroom. Both rooms available are …

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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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