Welcome to w4mp

w4mp logo

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, or find out about the help and advice available to staff from the House of Commons.

 


Hoby Cartoon for April 2019
Hoby Cartoon for April 2019

Latest news from w4mp

Upcoming training courses

COURSE DATES Venue Role of Office Manager (3day) Starting 2nd May Westminster Writing a Brief May 3rd Westminster Building Emotional Resilience May 7th Liverpool Building Emotional Resilience May 8th Westminster Writing a Brief May 9th Edinburgh Building Emotional Resilience May 16th Birmingham Mental Health Awareness May 22nd Westminster Conversations with Vulnerable People May 23rd Westminster …

Posted in News | Comments Off on Upcoming training courses

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 18 April 2019 Please always ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out of date. Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Hotlines List Update

Commons Library launches podcast series on key policy areas

The House of Commons Library has launched a new podcast series, bringing MPs, their staff and the public coverage of key policy areas via interviews with impartial Library researchers. Each episode lasts for 20 minutes or under, and aims to get to the crux of current debates or offer an overview of topics being debated in …

Posted in News | Comments Off on Commons Library launches podcast series on key policy areas

Read all news items


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.

alt.guides

Our humourous alt.guides can be found on alt.w4mp.org, along with an archive of Hoby cartoons.

w4mp logo


Follow us @w4mpsite on Twitter or find us on Facebook

“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

Read the whole article.

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.

Upcoming training courses

COURSE DATES Venue Role of Office Manager (3day) Starting 2nd May Westminster Writing a Brief May 3rd Westminster Building Emotional Resilience May 7th Liverpool Building Emotional Resilience May 8th Westminster Writing a Brief May 9th Edinburgh Building Emotional Resilience May 16th Birmingham Mental Health Awareness May 22nd Westminster Conversations with Vulnerable People May 23rd Westminster …

Posted in News | Comments Off on Upcoming training courses

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 18 April 2019 Please always ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out of date. Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Hotlines List Update

Commons Library launches podcast series on key policy areas

The House of Commons Library has launched a new podcast series, bringing MPs, their staff and the public coverage of key policy areas via interviews with impartial Library researchers. Each episode lasts for 20 minutes or under, and aims to get to the crux of current debates or offer an overview of topics being debated in …

Posted in News | Comments Off on Commons Library launches podcast series on key policy areas

Media Trust’s Breaking into News initiative launches

Media Trust’s Breaking into News initiative, run in partnership with ITV News, invites you to come up with, write and create your own news story about a local issue that you’re passionate about. The competition was launched in 2011 with the aim of increasing diversity in UK broadcast journalism. Now in it’s eighth year, the …

Posted in News | Comments Off on Media Trust’s Breaking into News initiative launches

TODAY: Ask the Expert – Anti-Social Behaviour

Douglas Pyper, a Library specialist, will be running an Ask the Expert session – Anti-Social Behaviour, with follow up questions from recent training and any other questions, today between 2pm and 4pm on the Help Hub Community (the new caseworker forum).   Doug will answer questions live but you can also post your questions in advance …

Posted in News | Tagged , , | Comments Off on TODAY: Ask the Expert – Anti-Social Behaviour

Reminder – Government email addresses are changing

As previously reported here, government agencies are now dropping ‘gsi’ from their email addresses and the migration will be completed by 31 March 2019, after which date any messages sent to a .gsi address will not be delivered. Please check the hotlines list for updated email addresses and amend your own address books accordingly.

Posted in News | Comments Off on Reminder – Government email addresses are changing

Listen to the new House of Commons Library Podcast

Bringing you the latest in Westminster and beyond. Each week the House of Commons Library will tackle a new topic in 20 minutes, helping you stay up to date. The schedule for future episodes is as follows: 25th March: Universal Credit: Rolling out a new benefits system 26th March: Utilities prices 2nd April: UK budget …

Posted in News | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Listen to the new House of Commons Library Podcast

POST Training for Academic Researchers

POST – the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology – is presenting regional training sessions for researchers to learn how the UK Parliament works and ways to engage with Parliament using research, with a particular focus on framing and communicating your research in a policy context. What does the training cover? This training gives an …

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on POST Training for Academic Researchers

New online resource – Armed Conflict Database

New online resource provided by the House of Commons Library   The Armed Conflict Database provides in-depth data, timelines and reports on conflicts worldwide.  The ACD enables the user to assess the effects of armed conflict on a region or a country. Users can view historic trends and patterns in conflicts and read regular reports on …

Posted in News | Tagged | Comments Off on New online resource – Armed Conflict Database

Workplace Adjustments

Do you have a disability or suffer from a difficulty or disadvantage in your workplace? The workplace adjustment process prevents, reduces or removes obstacles you might face at work. Adjustments can be requested to help with obstacles relating to mental health and physical or non-physical requirements. Please see here for further information: http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/workplace-adjustments/

Posted in News | Comments Off on Workplace Adjustments

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. 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

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.

Alt.Guides

Our light-hearted alt.guides are also available for your delectation and delight

Other Online Resources

Many additional resources are available to MPs staff, including:

Notices

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

Room Available – Highgate

Ref: 2819 ROOM AVAILABLE in comfortable Highgate home from late May. Lovely area overlooking London and near to Hampstead Heath. 8 minute walk downhill to Archway tube station (Zone 2). Full use of house facilities including wi-fi, kitchen, garden etc. £690 pcm inclusive. Contact: emilyb.horner@parliament.uk

Posted in Notice | Comments Off on Room Available – Highgate

Double room wanted

Ref: 2818 Hi all, I am looking to rent a double room and I am currently living in SW6 very close to Wandsworth, Fulham and Hammersmith. If you have any friends or know people around these areas who have a room available, I would be grateful if you could let me know via email at …

Posted in Notice | Comments Off on Double room wanted

Available: Flat share in Walthamstow

Ref: 2817 One room available in a quiet 2 bedroom flat 5 mins away from Blackhorse Road tube station. – Excellent location to conveniently commute into Central London. – Quiet neighbourhood that borders wetlands park. – Comfy furnished apartment with two adorable cats. – No agency fees required. For more information and photos, please click …

Posted in Notice | Comments Off on Available: Flat share in Walthamstow

Available: Flat Share in Richmond

Ref: 2816 Good sized furnished double room in a two story top floor flat with LOTS of storage in Richmond sharing flat with 33yo Parliamentary researcher. £750 all inc. Gorgeously bright kitchen and bathroom with bath. Get in touch for pics and viewings. LOCATION : 5mins walk to Richmond Tube 5mins walk to Kew Gardens. …

Posted in Notice | Comments Off on Available: Flat Share in Richmond

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 …

Posted in Notice | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Players wanted for Monday night 8aside Football

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 …

Posted in Notice | Comments Off on Players wanted for successful Football Club in South London

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 …

Posted in Notice, Uncategorised | Comments Off on Spanish home for rent

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, …

Posted in News, Notice, Uncategorised | Comments Off on 5-a-side football for MPs and Parliamentary Staff

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.

We got the perfect person for the job. There were over 100 applicants and every one of them could do the job. I will highly recommend your website to anyone I meet who is looking for a job or staff.

“We had a staggering number of responses from many very well qualified candidates and I am very grateful to you for the excellent service you provide.