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

 


Hoby Cartoon for March 2019
Hoby Cartoon for March 2019

Latest news from w4mp

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.

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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 …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 15 March 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using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out of date.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.

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Archived guides can be found on the w4mp archive. They should not be relied on as expressions of current practice.

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News

Please let us know of items you think will be of interest – email editor@w4mp.org 

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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.

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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 …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 15 March 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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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/

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Department of Health & Social Care correspondence guidance for MPs

The Department for Health & Social Care has produced a new guide for ministerial correspondence.  If you would like a copy, please email editor@w4mp.org  Please note that this is only available to the offices of Members of Parliament, Members of the Scottish Parliament, Assembly Members and Members of the European Parliament.

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New Guide to Audio Recording

We have just published a new guide to how best to record audio of events or meetings, written by Conrad Taylor and based on his many years of experience. You can find it in the guides section of the site Audio recording meetings, events and lectures

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Wellbeing classes in Westminster

The Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing service is running a number of classes related to maintaining and improving your health and wellbeing. These include mindfulness, meditation and relaxtion; Yoga and postural and relaxation classes. Wellbeing classes will commence on 7 January 2019 For details see the Parliamentary Intranet

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Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit published

 The Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit, carried out by members and staff of both Houses of Parliament, was published on Thursday 20 December 2018. It finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses, but there are still barriers to women standing as MPs or putting themselves forward to the …

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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. 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.

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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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Available: flat share – Clapham Junction

Ref: 2815 We’re moving into a 5 bed flat in Clapham Junction and are looking for two more people (2 of us work in Parliament). It’s roughly £700pcm and £950 deposit Contact: jack.richardson@parliament.uk

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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 …

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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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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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