Introducing the new Director of the Parliamentary Digital Service

Heading into the future without forgetting the past – A Parliamentary Digital Service Blog Post

2017 has included some unexpected things for the PDS. In her first week, Tracey Jessup talks about becoming the new Director, what PDS has achieved so far and what the future holds.

Read more at the Parliamentary Digital Service Blog:


Developing our skills through 10% time

Developing our skills through 10% time – A Parliamentary Digital Service Blog Post

You might have heard of companies which let their employees spend a percentage of their time on creative projects that will benefit them. Emma Allen introduced this in the last organisation she worked for and she’s blogged about doing the same for her teams at PDS.

Read more on the PDS Blog:

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 are chosen based on those who reply to the weekly email.
The matches take place at 8.15pm lasting one hour and the cost is £8 a session. Pimlico Academy is on Lupus Street, near Pimlico Tube. This is a casual match, with players of all abilities and a positive attitude is valued more highly than football talent!
Westminster Wanderers FC were born out of the Conservative Central Office side of the 1990s but now have Labour, Liberal and Tory staffers on the side as well as parliamentary researchers, civil servants and PR and PA professionals.
If you want to join our Monday night match then please contact the Club Chairman Alex Aiken at

Changes to courier deliveries to Parliament

There has been a change to the way in which courier deliveries are made to Parliament, and you should have received an email giving you the details.

If you haven’t received the email, you can view the information on the intranet.  Please do take the time to go and read it, because it is very important and affects the way in which you need to order and receive goods.

DVLA hotline number temporarily out of order

The DVLA is currently experiencing some intermittent issues with external telephone calls. This means that some of you may experience problems when trying to call the MP hotline provided by the DVLA.  Engineers are working hard to fix the problem.  In the meantime, please use the email address provided on the hotline list.

Social media and political polling

The House of Lords Committee on Political Polling and Digital Media takes evidence from Demos and academics in its second public evidence session.

The sessions focus on the impact of social media on political opinion polling, the prospect for social media analysis to provide an alternative to traditional approaches to analysing public opinion and how the media reports on opinion polls when they are published.

The Committee meets on Tuesday September 12  in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.45am

  • Professor Susan Banducci, University of Exeter
  • Carl Miller, Demos

At 11.45am

  • Professor Jane Green, University of Manchester
  • Professor Chris Hanretty, Royal Holloway, University of London

Interview with Rob Greig, departing Director of PDS

In his final week, Director of the Parliamentary Digital Service Rob Greig reflects on his time working on digital transformation and the challenges ahead, in this excellent podcast from Ben Woodhams and Robert Brook.

Worth subscribing to the UK Parliament feed on Soundcloud for more.