Welcome to w4mp

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.

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

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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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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.

Knowledgebank: What has growth been like over the last 3,000 years?

The Bank of England has published a KnowledgeBank guide entitled ‘What has growth been like over the last 3,000 years?’. Here’s what they have to say about it: “As an organisation, we are only too aware that economics can be a bit of a minefield, but we hope that through KnowledgeBank, we can start to …

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Westminster Attack

Following yesterday’s incidents, roads around Parliament Square remain closed, as does Westminster Bridge, as police investigations continue, so be prepared for disrupted travel and added security. There will be a minute’s silence in Whitehall at 0930. The Prime Minister is expected to make a statement to the House at 1130.  

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 21 March 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that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date.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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Links between the House of Commons and MPs Staff

Whether you work in Westminster or the constituency, you will have had contact with different elements of the House service, for example when getting a pass, getting your IT set up, or accessing information online. Our friend Chris Sear has been asked to act as a contact between the House and staff working for MPs. …

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CommonsVotes app

The new CommonsVotes app, launched in November, is now the quickest way to find out how MPs have voted in the Chamber. Full division lists are made available on the app around 15-20 minutes after the result is announced. About the app CommonsVotes takes advantage of the electronic system for recording divisions on tablet devices, …

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New Health e-Hub App

The new Health e-Hub app has launched, providing a dedicated resource to support your personal health and wellbeing. Key support features available from Health e-Hub include: Personal and work life advice and support Physical and emotional health support Medical information and guidance Support videos and webinars on-demand Mini health and wellbeing checks Four week wellbeing …

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Get involved with the Speaker’s School Council Awards competition

The Speaker’s School Council Awards has launched to celebrate the achievements of young people. Run by the Education Service, this fantastic awards scheme invites schools to tell us about a school council or other student-initiated project that has made a difference in their school, local community, or even globally. Get involved by encouraging your local schools …

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Loss of Confidential NHS Correspondence

Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Jonathan Ashworth, is to ask an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on the loss of confidential NHS correspondence by NHS Shared Business Services. The issue has been covered extensively in the press- according to The Guardian Thousands of patients are feared to have been harmed after the NHS lost more …

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Future Foreign Policy – competition

We’ve been sent some information from Future Foreign Policy about a competition they are running for researchers under thirty. After the seismic political events of 2016, the United Kingdom’s role in the world is shifting. Fresh thinking – and a credible voice for young people – is needed more than ever. Future Foreign Policy, the first …

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Our new appearance

We’ve changed the look and feel of the w4mp website to make it work better on mobile devices and also improve some elements of accessiblity. We hope you like it – but if you have any comments please let us know at editor@w4mp.org w4mpjobs will be updated next month when this design has bedded in …

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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.


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)


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

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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Double room for one person in Wanstead house share

Ref: 2775 Pleasant leafy location a short walk from Central line station and HighStreet in Leicester Road. Share flat with 2 professionals Very large furnished lounge Fitted kitchen, bathroom, shower and separate WC Parking on front drive. Garden at rear Licensed for letting by Redbridge Council £590 pcm includes all bills Contact: mathew.morris@parliament.uk

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Room Available – Chelsea

Ref: 2774 Quiet Room Available mid February in Chelsea Family Home £750 per month all in.  Wi-Fi, Washing Machine, Roof Terrace, Cat, shared use of kitchen and bathrooms . etc. Excellent transport links. Contact: robert.atkinson@parliament.uk

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Spare room to rent

Ref: 2772 Spare room in Canary Wharf Apartment with gym and 24 hour concierge included. Amazing transport links. Bedroom has its own bathroom and most bills included in rent. http://www.spareroom.co.uk/4310786 Contact: ryan.baldry@parliament.uk

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Ref: 2770 Spacious & well-proportioned part furnished ground floor two bedroom period garden flat located 6 minutes’ walk from Clapham North Tube and 4 minutes from the bustling bars and cafes of Clapham old town, Clapham High Street, Clapham Common and Clapham North. This is an ideal flat for either a couple or friends. Available …

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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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