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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 February 2019
Hoby Cartoon for February 2019

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

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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

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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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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 13 February 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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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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One Hundred Years Ago: Votes for (Some) Women

Today is the centenary of the 1918 General Election when women over thirty and all men over the age of 21 were able to vote. It also saw the first woman MP elected, though as Constance Markievicz was a member for ‎Sinn Féin she did not take her seat. The photograph is of  House of Doors, …

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Fawcett Society call for testimony on sexual harassment in politics

The Fawcett Society is working with Hogan Lovells, a global law firm which is providing pro bono (free) assistance, to gather and analyse the testimony of women in politics who have experienced sexual harassment.  The purpose of the analysis will be to draw out general themes from women’s testimony and identify possible policy responses.  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.

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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Room available in Fulham

Ref: 2814 Large double room available in Fulham. Flat is in a 1930s mansion block in a really nice part of Fulham. There is a large living room, large kitchen and two bathrooms. Flat is on Fulham High Street, but faces over Bishops Park and so is very quiet. The block is safe, secure with …

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Available: Room in Chelsea

Ref: 2813 Room available immediately in Family Home in Chelsea £650 per month all inclusive. Shared use of Kitchen , family Bathroom , Roof Terrace , Wi Fi etc. Excellent Public Transport links to Westminster. We have cats. Contact: robert.atkinson@parliament.uk

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Available: Large Double Room in Honor Oak Park

Ref: 2812 Large double room (with grey, upholstered bed, drawers, built in wardrobes, spring mattress etc) in a large, split-level flat in leafy Honor Oak Park. Honor Oak Park Station is a 30 second walk from the front door (and there’s no noise in the flat from trains). There are two separate floors and on …

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Flat share available – London Fields

Ref: 2811 Bright double room in London Fields warehouse flat.  A gorgeous bright, and furnished room for one person in a two bedroom Victorian warehouse flat in trendy London Fields! Will be available from the end of January. Its a super clean and quiet flat with white brick wall.  It has a separate kitchen but …

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Double room available in Queen’s Park

Ref: 2810 Double room available in a 2 bed ground floor flat with a private patio/garden – both of our bedrooms open onto the garden (it’s lovely in the summer). £813 a month and about £100 for bills. Available Late Dec/early Jan. Contact: tara.oreilly@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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