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.

The MP hotline telephone number for ESA / JSA / IS for Central England is incorrect and we have removed it from the hotline list.  Please do not call that number – please use just the email address for now, and we’ll publish the correct number as soon as we get it.  Thanks.

Hoby Cartoon for February 2017
Hoby Cartoon for February 2017

Latest News

Need a helpline?

The Helplines Partnership website lists hundreds of helplines on many different topics, including: Addictions Animals Bereavement Carers Children and Young People Consumer Crime Cults Disability Domestic Violence Dyslexia Education Emotional Distress Employment Family and Parents Gender Identity Health HIV and AIDS Housing and Homelessness Immigration and Asylum Learning Disability Legal, Civil and Welfare Rights Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals Mental Health Missing Persons Money and Debt Occupations and Forces Older People Pregnancy Prisoners and Ex-Offenders Rape and Sexual Abuse Terminal Illness

What Goes on in the Other Place?

The BBC Two documentary ‘Meet the Lords’ is broadcast at 9pm on Monday 27 February. With exclusive access to the members and precincts of the House of Lords, the BBC Two documentary Meet the Lords presents a unique look at the work, role and membership of the second chamber of Parliament. For more behind the scenes information and access to members of the Lords, follow the House of Lords on Twitter and Facebook.

Changes to Data Protection requirements for Full Universal Credit

From now on, the Department for Work and Pensions will require Members of Parliament to obtain explicit consent from constituents to obtain information on their behalf in relation to Full Universal Credit.  The constituent must provide the DWP with the specific details of the issues they would like the DWP to discuss with the Member of Parliament. The explicit consent will only extends to the conclusion of that particular enquiry, which includes escalation if it concerns a complaint.  If they raise further issues they must again…

Parliament’s New Website

Work on Parliament’s new website is progressing and a simple first cut of Member information will be live by March 2017 on their prototype site: This very basic information will be tested by external users of the website and the feedback will help move it on to the next phases of the project. Colleagues in Parliament will get a preview of this prototype on 17 February. The new website will be quick and easy to update and it will be more resilient as it will be…

The Need to Know Project

Full Fact, along with The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK Statistics Authority and the House of Commons Library, is launching  a project to identify and fill gaps in data and analysis in the UK. The project is designed to answer important questions about eight different topics which include crime, immigration, education and housing. Full Fact want to fill the gaps in data to produce reliable and well-communicated information. This will help ensure that public decisions and debate are based on the best…

“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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