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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 December 2017
Hoby Cartoon for December 2017

Working group on Harassment and Bullying in Parliament

The Prime Minister has convened a cross-party Working Group on an Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy. The group are currently working on a proposal to make Parliament a safe and fair place to work, and the policy will be available to those that work in, or with, Parliament.

The group will shortly be circulating a short survey –find out more in w4mp News

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.

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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Independent Survey on Harassment and Bullying

We have heard from the cross-party Working Group currently looking into harassment and bullying in Parliament. The survey they will be conducting is an important way to gather information in confidence about the current situation, and we encourage you to complete it when it is posted. w4mp team. In light of the stories of harassment …

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Electrical Tests in Palace of Westminster

Electrical testing will take place in the Palace of Westminster  Sunday 26 November, Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 December, beginning at 8am and ending at 5pm on each day. There will be multiple short power outages during each day. All electrical services will be affected during these outages. If you work in the Palace you should …

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Staff training course updates

We have published course dates for staff training on the Training page. Training offered by Learning and Development is free for Members’ staff to attend, the only cost from your end would be travel and accommodation. However these costs can be claimed back through IPSA. Courses offered have been designed to develop and build skills in …

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“Should we be free to hate?” – ECPMF’s young writer competition

“Should we be free to hate?” – ECPMF’s young writer competition ‘1000 words for freedom’ Darth Vader is a hater. For sure. Hate is where his strength and power comes from. His symbol is the death star. Okay, it‘s fiction. Classic science fiction, actually. In our world, the real world, most of the haters can …

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House of Commons Shops: special events for passholders

The Retail Team have been in touch to tell us about some special offers for Members’ Staff in the House of Commons shops over the coming festive period. They are offering   10% discount on Tue Nov 14th, 21st, 28th. On  Dec 6th There is a  Christmas Fayre in Westminster Hall with chance to sample some of their …

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It’s UK Parliament Week

UK Parliament Week 2017 starts today! Find out more at https://www.ukparliamentweek.org If you’re in Westminster, there will be a lot of activity  in Portcullis House and Westminster Hall throughout the week.  Have a look at what’s happening near you, this year’s  festival highlights,  and don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #UKPW17.

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Health Assured Newsletter for November

Every month Health Assured, who are the Parliamentary Health Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider,  send out a newsletter to staff. This month’s is now online. In it you’ll find features about Movember -, a report on this year’s National Stress Awareness day, and an article about Armistice Day and its significance. Read the November Newsletter (PDF)

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Disability and mental health awareness and information for MPs and their staff

The Commons Diversity and Inclusion team has a very useful resource for MPs and their staff on dealing with disability and mental health issues encountered when conducting their work either at Parliament or in their constituencies. In conjunction with RADAR, they have published a comprehensive guide, which can be found on the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/employment/house-of-commons/equality-diversity-respect/disability/understanding-disabilities-information-for-mps-and-staff/ It contains …

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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 – Earlsfield

Ref: 2792 Large double bedroom to rent in Earlsfield – £700pcm (bills not included).  Bills come to roughly £40 a month. The house is in a great location close to Earlsfield train station (which is 12 minutes into Waterloo) and the amenities of Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Tooting and Wandsworth Common. The house is a large family …

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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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Available: Double room with balcony – Canary Wharf

Ref: 2790 Large double room with a balcony overlooking the Thames and O2 arena.  Due to a change in personal circumstances, I am moving out of this beautiful room and looking for someone to take over my tenancy for the remaining 4 months – with extensions possible. Rent is £930 pcm, which includes all bills …

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Wanted: flat share

Ref: 2789 I am looking for a flat share either close to Parliament or with good public transport links. I work in Parliament and need to find somewhere in the next three weeks. But can possibly wait longer. My budget is £700-£1000 per calendar month. Contact: joshua.gray@parliament.uk

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Double Room available in Brockley

Ref: 2782 Furnished double room available to rent in SE4 in flat overlooking Hilly Fields park. All bills included including internet. £750 pcm. Shared use of kitchen and living room. 10 mins from Crofton Park / Brockley / St Johns / Lewisham stations. Contact: dan.whittle@parliament.uk

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Room Available – Kilburn

Ref: 2788 Looking for someone to replace me in a shared two bedroom flat within a stone’s throw of Kilburn station (only 20 mins from Westminster on the Jubilee Line, and only a short walk from West Hampstead Thameslink and Brondesbury Overground). A massive double room is available from late August 2017 for £722.50 pcm …

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Rooms available in Vauxhall

Ref: 2787 I have two rooms available in my Vauxhall flat starting in October. 20/25 min walk to Parliament so very handy/convenient for work and also v close to Vauxhall train/tube/bus stations so good for going out and about. Flat is v spacious, with eat in kitchen, lounge and big bathroom. Both rooms available are …

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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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