Welcome to w4mp

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.

Whether you’ve been in the job for more elections than you can recall, or are new to working for an MP, welcome – this site is here for you.  A good starting point is  our collection of guides and information.

If you prefer a more traditional layout for the site, this might please you.


2017  General Election

A General Election has been called for Thursday 8 June and Parliament will be dissolved on Wednesday 3 May.  Guidance is available on the intranet and on the Internet about what happens during dissolution for MPs who were standing againMPs who were not standing and MPs’ staff.

There have been some changes since the publication of the guidance for the 2015 General Election, and so it is essential that all Members and their staff read and familiarise themselves with the new guidance.  There is a lot to do, and a lot to take in, so it is important to do this straight away – do not leave it until the last minute.

w4mp will continue to operate throughout the election period.


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.

Dissolution Guidance for the 2017 General Election

Comprehensive dissolution guidance has now been published on the parliamentary intranet and also on the Internet. It is essential that all Members and staff familiarise themselves with the guidance, as there is a lot to do, and a lot to take in.  Please don’t leave it until the last minute – go and look at it …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 19 April 2017. 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that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date.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 page).

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Follow @commonslibrary on Twitter

One of the most useful Twitter accounts out there is run by the fine people at the Commons Library – so we suggest following them over at https://twitter.com/commonslibrary

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Are you using the correct version of the hotlines list?

We’ve had a few organisations contacting us recently, because people are using out-of-date hotline numbers and/or email addresses. Please can you make sure that you always use the current hotlines list, details of which can be found here: http://www.w4mp.org/library/guides/casework-guides/tools-and-resources/hotline-numbers-for-mps-meps-msps-ams-and-their-staff/

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Proposed General Election

The Prime Minister has announced her intention to seek approval under the Fixed-Term Parliament Act to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament in advance of a General Election on June 8. If this proceeds as proposed then w4mp will continue to operate as usual, and we will post information to assist with dissolution matters. See …

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The APPG For Young Disabled People- Meeting on 19th April

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People are holding a meeting on Wed 19th April at 14:30 in the Attlee Suite. Guest speakers at this meeting will include: Susan Louwerse, Head of Guest Services at intu, who run over a dozen shopping centres across the UK Chris Fry, solicitor at Unity Law, who …

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Building Works on Parliamentary Estate

Some routes through and entrances into the Palace will be closed for maintenance work over the Easter recess. From Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April there will be no entrance or exit through Chancellor’s Gate. The House of Lords Members Family Room and Department of Facilities entrances in Chancellor’s Gate will be closed on Wednesday 12 April and Thursday 13 April. The …

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Helping your constituents with complaints about a public organisation

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman was set up by Parliament in 1967 to provide an independent complaint handling service.  The Ombudsman looks into complaints where someone believes there has been injustice or hardship because a UK public organisation has not acted properly or fairly or has given a poor service and not put things right.  They …

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Changes to contact arrangements for MP Passport/Visa/Immigration enquiries

We’ve been told of a change in the  correspondence arrangements for MPs with  Her Majesty’s Passport Office and UK Visas and Immigration. From 10 April the Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HM Passport Office) Parliamentary Correspondence Unit (PCU) and the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) MP Account Management Team will become a joint function. This will result …

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Incorrect hotline number for PIP Scotland

We’ve been told that the number on our hotline list for PIP Scotland is incorrect.  We’re trying to get a new number now, but please don’t use the old one – the new person on that number cannot help you.

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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.

Alt.Guides

Our light-hearted alt.guides are also available

Online Resources

House of Commons Library

Parliamentary Digital Service

You can also look at our older guides (may be out of date)

Notices

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

Flat mate required – Lambeth

Ref: 2778 I’m looking for someone friendly, tidy and sociable to share a modern and spacious furnished first-floor, two double bedroom flat in Lambeth. Located in Lupino Court, just off of Lambeth Walk, it’s just a 15 minute walk from the parliamentary estate and Whitehall making it an ideal and extremely convenient location for someone …

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Flat Share wanted

Ref: 2776 Hi There. I am relocating to London from Wales and I am looking for a place to live. Any offers or assistance in this would be much appreciated. I am 35 and gay (what that matters I don’t know lol).  I like sport, food, cinema and design.  I am clean, organised and sociable. …

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Spare room to rent

Ref: 2772 Spare room in Canary Wharf Apartment with gym and 24 hour concierge included. Amazing transport links. Bedroom has its own bathroom and most bills included in rent. http://www.spareroom.co.uk/4310786 Contact: ryan.baldry@parliament.uk

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TWO BEDROOM FLAT AVAILABLE

Ref: 2770 Spacious & well-proportioned part furnished ground floor two bedroom period garden flat located 6 minutes’ walk from Clapham North Tube and 4 minutes from the bustling bars and cafes of Clapham old town, Clapham High Street, Clapham Common and Clapham North. This is an ideal flat for either a couple or friends. Available …

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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.

We got the perfect person for the job. There were over 100 applicants and every one of them could do the job. I will highly recommend your website to anyone I meet who is looking for a job or staff.

“We had a staggering number of responses from many very well qualified candidates and I am very grateful to you for the excellent service you provide.