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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.


Hoby Cartoon for December 2018
Hoby Cartoon for December 2018

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.

Invitation to contribute to Inquiry into Bullying and Harassment

Please click here for more information.


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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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“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.

One Hundred Years Ago: Votes for (Some) Women

Today is the centenary of the 1918 General Election when women over thirty and all men over the age of 21 were able to vote. It also saw the first woman MP elected, though as Constance Markievicz was a member for ‎Sinn Féin she did not take her seat. The photograph is of  House of Doors, …

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Fawcett Society call for testimony on sexual harassment in politics

The Fawcett Society is working with Hogan Lovells, a global law firm which is providing pro bono (free) assistance, to gather and analyse the testimony of women in politics who have experienced sexual harassment.  The purpose of the analysis will be to draw out general themes from women’s testimony and identify possible policy responses.  The …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 20 November 2018. There’s been lots of changes in this edition, as various government bodies roll out the removal of ‘gsi’ from their email addresses. Please always ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed …

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Changes to government email addresses

The Government Secure Intranet (GSi) network is being phased out across government, which means that organisations will be dropping ‘gsi’ from their email addressees. Some organisations have already made this change, such as the DVLA and the FCO, and others will be changing theirs in the near future. The migration will be completed by 31 …

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Parliamentary network problems resolved.

The problems with connecting remotely to the parliamentary network have now been resolved. If you have any further issues, please ring PDS.

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Invitation to contribute to Inquiry into Bullying and Harassment

On 19 July, the House resolved to set up an Inquiry similar to the Dame Laura Cox QC inquiry into bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, of the staff of Members of Parliament and others engaged in Parliamentary work on their behalf. The Inquiry, launched today, is being conducted by Gemma White QC. Please visit …

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NEW: courses to help you with casework

The House of Commons Library is offering four new ‘taster’ courses aimed at helping you answer common constituents’ questions in the areas of housing, special educational needs, employment law and anti-social behaviour. The training will be provided in Westminster by experienced lawyers. You can sign-up via ACT by first logging into the ACT Learning Pool …

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Photographic exhibition of all 209 Female MPs seeks funding

On 14th December 1918  women voted for the first time in Britain, and in the same year the first female MP was elected. To mark 100 years since some women achieved the right to vote, the 209 Women project aims to take over parliament with 209 new photographic portraits of all female MPs, shot exclusively …

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A new way to book meeting and committee rooms in the House of Commons

Please note that rooms can not be booked by members of the public. From Monday 8 October 2018, there will be a new way to book meeting and committee rooms in the House of Commons, including a ‘self-service’ portal on the intranet.  These changes will affect rooms in the Palace, Portcullis House, Norman Shaw North, 1 Parliament …

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It’s Not OK. Girls’ experiences of street harassment

Every day girls are being harassed on the street. They’re being catcalled, followed, groped and grabbed. And it’s happening everywhere. With alarming new statistics, Plan International UK launches a new report ‘It’s not OK’ revealing the scale of street harassment faced by girls in the UK.  Hear from girls as they discuss the research with leading decision-makers. Hosted by …

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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 available in Queen’s Park

Ref: 2810 Double room available in a 2 bed ground floor flat with a private patio/garden – both of our bedrooms open onto the garden (it’s lovely in the summer). £813 a month and about £100 for bills. Available Late Dec/early Jan. Contact: tara.oreilly@parliament.uk

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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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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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