Hung Parliaments: Hansard Society report

With the country facing a hung Parliament, how will a government be formed and then sustained in office? Plotting a roadmap through the constitutional issues, this paper highlights and explains key parliamentary dates and events that will shape the process and the impact it may have on the way Parliament works.

A new Hansard Society report will give you more background

Read the report.

Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme: apply by 11 June

Applications for the Speaker’s Scheme are now open. Closing date is Sunday 11 June, midnight.

Full details on the Creative Society website.

 

Overview

We believe Parliament should be accessible to everyone. We are widening access by offering a 9 month paid placement to people who have the skills, passion and potential to work here but don’t have access to the traditional routes in. 

There are 10 positions available with MPs from different political parties. The Scheme is open to people of any age above the legal working age, from all walks of life and every nation and region in the UK. In previous years, successful candidates have ranged from school leavers, to those in their mid-50s, and they moved to London from many different parts of the UK.

Please visit our FAQ page if you are in doubt as to whether you are eligible to apply for this scheme, and our intern profiles page to learn about the interns who were on the scheme this year.

Successful candidates will spend their time getting to understand parliament by working with an MP in their office from Monday – Thursday. They will spend their Fridays in different departments in the House of Commons to gain an insight into how Parliament functions. Each intern will work in 2 departments, rotating halfway through the scheme. Examples of departments they could be working in are the House of Commons Library, Governance Office and Visitor Services. The scheme also provides interns with: a chance to find out how business interacts with politics through a series of corporate away days hosted by the scheme sponsors; a change to learn more about different career paths in politics through series of Masterclasses ; and a personal career coach to help with finding employment at the end of the scheme.

The Scheme gives successful candidates a detailed understanding of how the House of Commons operates, providing them with work experience in the political sector along with the experience of working as part of a team in a small office environment. The aim is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure full-time employment after the scheme. Many of the interns previously on the scheme still work in the House of Commons as Parliamentary Assistants or in other departments.

The Scheme is due to start in September, date TBC.  During the first two weeks, successful candidates will be provided with tours of the House of Commons and introductory talks on the workings of it, as well as training in Microsoft Office, including introductions to Word, Excel and Outlook to equip candidates with a basic working knowledge.

Successful candidates will need to complete a comprehensive security check in order to gain full access to parliament.

The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme welcomes enquiries and applications from everyone and values diversity in its workforce.

The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme is an initiative currently led by Dan Jarvis MP with strong support from the Speaker of the House of Commons.