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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.


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Hoby Cartoon for January 2018
Hoby Cartoon for January 2018

Help and advice for those working for an MP

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, especially from the Commons Library  Hub.

Whether you are new in the role or have been working for an MP for years, Chris Sear, Head of Customer Services for the Customer Team, is very happy to discuss any issues you might have.

 

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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 Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 12 January 2018 As always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date. Please go here to see the new information (you need to have an intranet login to access this …

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POSTBrief – Topics of Interest 2018

POST has published a list, setting out the topic areas identified of possible parliamentary interest under the 9 different category headings (Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Forestry, Crime, Defence, Education and Skills, Energy, Environment, Health, ICT and Robotics and Transport and Infrastructure). Where relevant this list will inform the deliberations of the POST Board on POST’s …

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Briefing on The Trade Bill

The Bill aims to help with the process of “transitioning” the EU’s trade agreements to UK agreements. The House of Commons Library has published a useful briefing on the Trade Bill.  Read the analysis before its second reading on Tuesday. https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8073

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ParliOUT Social

To commemorate the beginning of the year following all the indulgent Christmas celebrations, ParliOUT will be hosting an evening social. Thursday 18 Jan 2018, 17:30 – 19:00 Costa Coffee | The Grand Building, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5EJ Contact: Nerys Davies, nerys.davies@cslearning.gov.uk Please RSVP to parliout@parliament.uk  to let us know if you’d like to attend …

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What do Commons Clerks do?

Following on from her article on Commons Doorkeeper, Sarah Binstead-Chapman, Kate Forrester, Political reporter for HuffPost UK has written another interesting article, this time about Farrah Bhatti and the role of Commons Clerk You can find the article here: Commons Clerk: I Had No Idea How Hard MPs Worked Until I Came To Parliament

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What does a doorkeeper do?

Kate Forrester, Political reporter for HuffPost UK has written a very interesting article about Sarah Binstead-Chapman and her role as House of Commons Doorkeeper. You can find the article here: House Of Commons Doorkeeper Lifts Lid On What It’s Really Like To Work In Parliament

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Training courses available

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is offering two training courses for staff in the new year covering helping your Member to register their interests and  providing support to an All-Party Parliamentary Group. Further information, including booking details, can be found on the Training page.

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Volunteering opportunity in Nepal

Raleigh International Citizen Service is recruiting for a 10-week Nepal placement, starting in April.  Places are filling fast so apply as soon as possible to secure a place. See here for further details: http://www.w4mp.org/jobs-listings-events/jobs/volunteering-opportunities/

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Can you unlock Parliament?

The life of a bag-carrier or researcher might seem to be entirely dedicated to the task of unlocking the mysteries of Parliament, but now there’s a new way to test your skills –  ‘Unlock Parliament’, a brand new immersive experience at Westminster. The mysterious ‘Agent N’ will set you a series of puzzles and other clues …

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Biggest ever Parliament Week!

UK Parliament Week 2017 was the biggest to date.  In total, 4596 activities took place across the country during UK Parliament Week and over 360,000 people participated in some way. There was at least one event in every single UK Parliament constituency with an average of 7. All of this was made possible by the partnerships that we’ve spent almost a …

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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.

Room to rent – Chelsea

Ref: 2795 Room to Rent in Family Home in Chelsea at the end of January. £700 per month all in. Deposit one month’s rent. Excellent communications to Westminster. WiFi, Washing Machine/Dryer , Roof Terrace, Shared use of Kitchen & Bathroom. Two Cats ! Contact: robert.atkinson@parliament.uk

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Flat to rent

Ref: 2794 FLAT FIVE MINUTES FROM PARLIAMENT SQUARE The flat consists of a large bedsit (5m x4m), own bathroom, and own small kitchen/breakfast room on Lord North Street. It is independent space in the basement of a family home; access is shared with the home through its front door. The owner-occupier requires a trustworthy, quiet …

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Short term flat in Morden

Ref: 2793 I am looking to let my very big double room in Morden for up to two months. The room is fully furnished and in a shared house of 6 professional housemates.  At the end of the Northern Line and you can get directly to Embankment for Westminster. The room is available between 24 …

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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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