Welcome to w4mp

Parliament has been dissolved.

This website will remain online during the General Election campaign but during this period there are no MPs and any material should be read in that light.

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.

Whether you’ve been in the job for more elections than you can recall, or are new to working for an MP, welcome – this site is here for you.  A good starting point is  our collection of guides and information.

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


Hoby Cartoon for May 2017
Hoby Cartoon for May 2017

2017  General Election

A General Election has been called for Thursday 8 June and Parliament has been dissolved.

Guidance is available on the intranet and on the Internet about what happens during dissolution for MPs who were standing againMPs who were not standing and MPs’ staff.

There have been some changes since the publication of the guidance for the 2015 General Election, and so it is essential that all Members and their staff read and familiarise themselves with the new guidance.  There is a lot to do, and a lot to take in, so it is important to do this straight away – do not leave it until the last minute.

w4mp will continue to operate throughout the election period.


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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.

Portcullis House Access Changes

It’s worth noting that Portcullis House search and screening will be closed from Monday 8 May until Tuesday 6 June, inclusive.  Between 8.00am-6.00pm passholders can still access the estate via this entrance and passholders and visitors will be able to exit in the usual way. The nearest alternative visitor access points are 1 Parliament Street …

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Nominate for the Parliamentary Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2017

Nominees are wanted for the 2017 Parliamentary Diversity and Inclusion Awards. If you know of colleagues or teams who deserve to be recognised for their positive impact in the workplace, then please click here to nominate them. The awards team wants to hear about projects which have made a real difference to colleagues, Members, Peers, …

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2017 Audit of Political Engagement

The 2017 Audit of Political  Engagement has been published by The Hansard Society and offers an in-depth picture of public political engagement after a dramatic year for British politics. Key findings of the report include: A Positive ‘Referendum Effect’ Fails to Materialise. There has been no positive ‘referendum effect’ on public attitudes after the June 2016 …

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Electing a New Parliament

Taken from the Parliament Website Wednesday 3 May 2017 – Dissolution of Parliament A proclamation will be made announcing when Parliament will meet after the general election and setting the date of the Queen’s Speech at State Opening. Writs will be issued for elections in the UK’s 650 constituencies. Find out more about dissolution Thursday …

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Checklist of Actions for Dissolution

So, dissolution is upon us.  Have you done everything you needed to?  There is a very helpful checklist on the intranet, which we suggest you consult, just to make sure: Checklist of actions for Members who are standing at the 2017 General Election Checklist of actions for Members standing down at the 2017 General Election

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Dissolution – are you ready?

Hopefully, all Members’ offices will now have prepared everything they need for dissolution. Please have a look at the guidance on the intranet to make sure you’re up to date: Dissolution Homepage

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Impact of Dissolution on Justice Committee

The Justice Committee has issued a short report explaining the impact of the dissolution of Parliament on its work, setting out what the Committee had done in each of its current inquiries and other work, and what the Committee was planning to do in the near future. Report: Justice Committee: unfinished business from the 2015 Parliament Report: …

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Dissolution Guidance for the 2017 General Election

Comprehensive dissolution guidance has now been published on the parliamentary intranet and also on the Internet. It is essential that all Members and staff familiarise themselves with the guidance, as there is a lot to do, and a lot to take in.  Please don’t leave it until the last minute – go and look at it …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 19 April 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 page).

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Follow @commonslibrary on Twitter

One of the most useful Twitter accounts out there is run by the fine people at the Commons Library – so we suggest following them over at https://twitter.com/commonslibrary

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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.

Alt.Guides

Our light-hearted alt.guides are also available

Online Resources

House of Commons Library

Parliamentary Digital Service

You can also look at our older guides (may be out of date)

Notices

Small ads from staff for accommodation – available or wanted – goods for sale etc.

Quiet studio flat for short term rent – May to early June – New Cross

Ref: 2779 Wanting to rent my flat out between May and early June. Doesn’t have to be for the whole period. Cost negotiable depending on dates –please get in touch for a friendly chat about it! Contact: mcintoshe@parliament.uk

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Flat mate required – Lambeth

Ref: 2778 I’m looking for someone friendly, tidy and sociable to share a modern and spacious furnished first-floor, two double bedroom flat in Lambeth. Located in Lupino Court, just off of Lambeth Walk, it’s just a 15 minute walk from the parliamentary estate and Whitehall making it an ideal and extremely convenient location for someone …

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Flat Share wanted

Ref: 2776 Hi There. I am relocating to London from Wales and I am looking for a place to live. Any offers or assistance in this would be much appreciated. I am 35 and gay (what that matters I don’t know lol).  I like sport, food, cinema and design.  I am clean, organised and sociable. …

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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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