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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.


Find out about the help and advice available to staff from the House of Commons.


Bullying and Harassment and Sexual Harassment support services

The Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (ICGP) Programme was established to help ensure that Westminster, constituency offices and related locations are safe environments in which everyone can feel valued and respected.

Following the 19 July Commons vote on the proposals outlined in the ICGP delivery report, two new independent helpline services are now live. These services offer support and advice those who have experienced bullying and harassment and sexual harassment whilst on the Parliamentary Estate, in constituency offices or whilst undertaking parliamentary work.

These services are available to MPs and MPs’ staff and interns, as well as staff employed by or working for the House of Commons, Parliamentary Digital Service,  and other paid or unpaid staff, including those employed by external organisations who hold a parliamentary pass.

For full details see http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/harassment-involving-mps-and-staff/ or the Parliamentary Intranet pages.


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

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


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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.

House of Commons Library on BBC Westminster Hour

As BBC Radio 4 puts it, ‘The House of Commons library is an indispensable part of life at Westminter conducting research for MPs and providing impartial briefs on everything from the environment and schools to Brexit’. They have given enormous support to w4mp over the years – and this lovely piece by reporter John Beesley is …

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Bullying and Harassment and Sexual Harassment support services

The Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (ICGP) Programme was established to help ensure that Westminster, constituency offices and related locations are safe environments in which everyone can feel valued and respected. Following the 19 July Commons vote on the proposals outlined in the ICGP delivery report, two new independent helpline services are now live. These services offer …

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Did you know that you can pay your trade union members directly from your salary?

IPSA is reminding people that, for Members of Parliament, or MPs’ staff, who are members of a trade union, membership fees can usually be paid by salary deductions. For those who would like to set up a salary deduction for union fees, please contact IPSA’s payroll team either by email payroll@theipsa.org.uk or by calling 020 …

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Looking good in the House..

Just a note (via Politico’s Westminster Playbook) that you should get out the iron today if you work in Westminster — parliamentary photographer Mark Duffy will be capturing today’s happenings to update the official library images of Commons proceedings.

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 3 September 2018. There have been some major changes to the contact details for Personal Independence Payments recently so, as always, please 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 …

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Getting away from the Westminster Bubble… a long way.

If it’s all getting a bit too much for you, then we have one of the more unusual job offers over on w4mpjobs –  a chief reporter role for the Island Times. The Island Times newspaper is the leading, nation-wide print newspaper in the Republic of Palau (Pacific Islands Region), published twice a week and …

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Reporting from Party Conference

DeHavilland, the UK political monitoring service, is seeking freelance writers to attend the Labour, Conservative and SNP conferences this autumn. They want people to work alongside DeHavilland’s Content team to provide clear and concise written reports of fringe events – typically two to three events per day, subject to scheduling and demand, and will pay …

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Journalism traineeship for young people

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has begun to enrol for its free journalism traineeship – SLIK (Stephen Lawrence Installs Knowledge). SLIK will be starting on the 17th September. They have partnered with London South East Colleges to fund this 12 week traineeship. The students completing the programme will receive a traineeship qualification on completion of …

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Join the Leonard Cheshire Disability Campaign Steering Group

Leonard Cheshire Disability  supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. They are looking for 8 – 10 people who are either disabled, or have experience living with disability, to form a new Campaign Steering Group. The Campaign Steering group will advise their Campaigns Team and ensure all …

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W4MP players wanted for successful south London Sunday Football Club, in 20th Anniversary Year​​

Westminster Wanderers Football Club are looking for new players for the upcoming 2018/19 season and beyond.​​ Friendly club, welcoming all ages/abilities ​​ Weekly training on Battersea Park Astro​​ Fixtures played across Tooting (home), Clapham, Wandsworth and Merton ​​ Regular competitive 11-a-side football​​ The best kits in London amateur football​​ Annual tours as far as New York City and Reykjavik​​ …

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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

alt.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.

 

Notices

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

Double room in flat share/Earlsfield

Ref 2809: Double bedroom to rent in a lovely flat in Earlsfield. Rent is £620 per month and bills are £50 approx a month. Contract to start 10th September. The flat has an open plan kitchen and living room, a spacious bathroom, and a garden to the rear of the property (accessed via a trapdoor!) …

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FLAT SHARE – VAUXHALL DOUBLE ROOM AVAILABLE MID-SEPTEMBER

Ref 2808 Double room available in a three-bedroom flatshare in Vauxhall. £710 per month. The flat is split over the top floors of a townhouse in a typical London street. The flat includes a large shared lounge and is a decent size and split over three floors. It’s in good condition. The property is managed …

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Available: 4 Large Rooms next to Honor Oak Park Station

Ref: 2807 I’m moving out of my flat in the lovely, leafy Honor Oak Park and am renting out the rooms.  It’s 25 minutes from Westminster and only 8 minutes from London Bridge. The station is a 30 second walk from the front door (and there’s no noise in the flat from trains).  This is …

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Room in Chelsea

Ref: 2806 Room available in Chelsea SW10 Family House (children gone but cats still in charge) excellent travel options . £650 per month all in – includes, double bed , WiFi, washing machine, shared kitchen and bathroom, roof terrace, own fridge. House usually quiet. Contact: robert.atkinson@parliament.uk

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Offered: Flat share oppposite park, SE4

Ref: 2805 Furnished room with double bed and own bathroom. Shared kitchen and lounge. All bills and wifi included £800 pcm. SE4 opposite park, 40 mins commute to Westminster. Contact Dan Whittle

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Room in a historic Westminster house for rent

Ref: 2804 Cosy & quiet large room for ONE PERSON in a beautiful, historic house in Westminster.  An 8 minute walk to the Palace of Westminster. Sharing with a family with teenage children. Would suit a tidy,quiet-living MP or Parliamentary staff member. Own room with double bed, bedside chest of drawers, wardrobe, & space for …

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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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