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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.


Hoby cartoon for August 2017
Hoby cartoon for August 2017

Help and advice for those working for an MP

For those of you who are new to working for a Member of Parliament, or who are continuing to work for your newly re-elected Member, you might like to know that Chris Sear, Head of Customer Services for the Customer Team, is very happy to discuss any issues you might have.

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.


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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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.

Hotlines list – please read

It has been brought to our attention that some of the hotlines numbers have been given to constituents, who have been contacting the MP hotlines directly.  This is causing significant problems for the agencies involved. Please ensure that when forwarding correspondence to constituents, that any information relating to the MP hotlines is deleted or redacted. …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 11 August 2017 We are aware that there is a problem with the contact details for the Child Maintenance Group and will amend those details as soon as we have them. As always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as …

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Interested in Democracy? Democracy Club seeking board members

Democracy Club, the non-profit dedicated to making the UK’s democratic processes work better, is looking for new board members. It’s a non-profit with an amazing track record of achievement — and they want to appoint board members to help them do more, faster. Deomocracy Club consists of a tiny full-time team and big group of brilliant volunteers …

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Problems with UKVI MP page

When accessing the UKVI information page for MPs, you will get an error message about the site certificate.  UKVI are aware of it and are working to rectify it. In the meantime, the website still works and is accessible, please ignore the security certificate message and choose ‘proceed’ at the bottom of the page to …

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POSTnote: Security of UK Food Supply

The security of UK food supply is a key priority for the Government, particularly in light of the UK’s forthcoming withdrawal from the EU. This note outlines current UK trade in food and animal feed, examines the challenges raised to the security of UK food supply by withdrawal from the EU and analyses the policy …

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POSTnote: Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture

Agricultural practices can reduce water quality, degrade soils and cause biodiversity loss. This in turn can disrupt natural processes that support food production. Environmentally sustainable agriculture seeks to reduce environmental damage and restore such processes. This POSTnote summarises associated land management options, agricultural policies and the constraints imposed by a new trading environment. Read the …

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POSTnote: Online Information and Fake News

Internet search engines and social media platforms are an increasingly popular way of accessing news and information. In 2017, the proportion of UK adults consuming news online exceeded those who watched news on TV (74% versus 69%). This note considers how people access news online, how algorithms (sequences of instructions) and social networks influence the …

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Committee Chairs

Reproduced from www.parliament.uk The full list of elected committee chairs for the new Parliament has been announced by the Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow. All successful candidates are listed below. This includes 19 departmental select committees and a selection of other committees elected under Standing Order Number 122B. The chair of the Backbench Business Committee …

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Updated guide to the business of the House

The Clerk of the House has published an updated edition of this invaluable booklet that offers a short guide to the business of the House of Commons. It is available as a PDF and can be downloaded here. Download the 2017 Guide to House and its Committees Further details on the Guides page    

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Do you have a Windows 7 machine?

Unfortunately, Windows 7 machines are still not able to log into the VPN, but you can still log into them as a ‘local’ machine.  The IT folks are still working on getting these machines connected, and hopefully everything will be up and running next week.

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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.

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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For sale: Book – ‘How Parliament Works’

Ref: 2786 I am selling my copy of How Parliament Works, brand new last year – £15 Contact: vanessa.higham@parliament.uk

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Flats to rent in Pimlico

Ref: 2785 Some good friends of mine have two flats to rent in Pimlico Flat 5, 53 St George’s Sq: 2 bed separate kitchen large sitting room overlooking the square Flat 1, 1 St George’s Sq (Just vacated by a non returned MP) 2 bed split level bathroom with additional separate loo upstairs These flats …

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Offered: Flat Share – Brixton

Ref: 2784 Double Room available in a furnished flat share in Brixton with two female professionals.  £875 pcm. Contact: paul.morgan@parliament.uk

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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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