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2nd March 2021

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.

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Hoby Cartoon for March 2021
Hoby Cartoon for March 2021

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons

Read a welcome to the site from Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons

Cartoon of the characters from w4mp's Hoby cartoon, all wearing face coverings, standing outside with the Elizabeth Tower and Portcullis House in the background

Please wear a mask where you can.

Coronavirus: Latest information for Staff

For up to date information on the situation please check the Parliamentary Covid-19 intranet hub, which contains information about Parliament’s response to coronavirus, including support for remote working and what services are available. It is for Members of both Houses, members’ staff and staff of both Houses.

Man wearing a mask
Man wearing a mask

Please note the current advice on wearing face coverings on the estate.

Information and advice from IPSA can be found here: https://www.theipsa.org.uk/news/coronavirus-guidance/

We have created a page of what we hope will be useful links for caseworkers and the public. If you have things we might add please mail editor@w4mp.org 

We have published a guide to working from home, with advice on how to stay healthy. There is also guidance from the HoC Health and Wellbeing Team.


Latest News

Search for charities in your constituency

The Charity Commission register of charities displays information about how charities are run, and how they manage their finances, including information about salaries paid to senior staff members (in bands, upwards from £60k), whether a charity’s trustees are remunerated and its income, if any, from government contracts. You can search for charities in your constituency…

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Are you using the correct hotlines list?

w4mp has received complaints that people who have been removed from the hotlines list are still being contacted by MPs’ offices. Please can you ensure that you use only the current list which can be found on the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/research-online-resources/research/constituency-casework/w4mp-hotlines.pdf Please do not save or print the hotlines list, as this risks you using…

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All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

Time: 14:00 Date: Friday 26 February 2021 Where: Online – MS Teams The focus of this month’s session will be dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents, both over the phone, in person and on social media. Our expert speakers are Neil Cahalin (Personal Security Adviser) and David Mair (Social Media and Security Analyst). If you…

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

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

“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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