Having problems connecting to the network this morning?

If you’re having problem connecting remotely to the parliamentary network this morning, don’t worry, it’s not just you. It’s affecting mobile devices, Macs and older computers running Windows 7.

There’s no need to ring PDS about it – they’re already aware of it. There’s a global problem with MFA and they’re working on getting it fixed asap.

You should still be able to connect using parliamentary computers both on and off the estate.

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 this page to learn more, and for details on how to contribute to the Inquiry: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2018/november/invitation-to-contribute-to-inquiry-into-bullying-and-harassment/

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 5 November 2018.

Important! The numbers for PIP have changed.

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using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out of date.

Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

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 (via Office 365), and then clicking the links below:

Introduction to Housing Law for caseworkers
The Law and Special Educational Needs and Disability
An introduction to employment law for caseworkers
The Law and anti-social behaviour

Once you have registered, we will be in touch with further details.  If you have any questions, please contact hclibrary@parliament.uk or call x3666.

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 by female photographers, and make it free and open to the public.

To ensure that all of the women photographers involved receive support to make this visual statement, they need help, and have set up a funding page at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/209-women/

The aim is that the exhibition will hang in Westminster from 14th December to February 2019 (tbc). It will be curated by Hilary Wood, (founder of ‘209 Women’ and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery, Co- Director of Northern Narratives arts initiative) and Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine).

The exhibition is supported by Liverpool City Council. In February 2019, it will travel to Open Eye Gallery, to be exhibited in partnership with Culture Liverpool.

Behind the scenes: Diane Abbott (Labour), photographed by Karen Knorr. ©Karen Knorr.

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 Street, 7 Millbank and Richmond House.

See here for further details: https://intranet.parliament.uk/access-buildings/offices-rooms/room-bookings/

Meeting room bookings
If you would like to book a room for a meeting, the Room Booking and Access Team will now manage all enquiries and can be contacted, Monday to Friday on x3050 between the hours of 9am – 6pm, or email hocroombookings@parliament.uk.

Alternatively, bookings can be made in the Customer Services Hub in Portcullis House and the self-service room bookings system, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for booking all meeting rooms (except committee rooms). All bookings will be automatically confirmed by email.

Information on the rules relating to the use of parliamentary meeting and committee rooms can be found on the intranet.

Functions and events bookings
If you are planning a function or event or hosting a breakfast, lunch, dinner or reception, the House of Commons Events Team will manage all enquiries, including all bookings for the Attlee Suite.

The team can be contacted on x3090 between the hours of 9am – 6pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 4.30pm on Fridays, or you can email hoceventsteam@parliament.uk

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 Tim Loughton MP with opening remarks from Maria Miller MP.

Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 8.30 – 10.30am with breakfast and networking
Venue: The Churchill Room, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA

RSVP essential: rsvp@plan-uk.org

Have you looked at POST’s publications recently?

POST provides balanced and accessible overviews of research from across the biological, physical and social sciences, and engineering and technology. It places the findings of this research in a policy context for Parliamentary use.

The best known format for these briefings are ‘POSTnotes’: four page summaries of public policy issues based on reviews of the research literature and interviews with stakeholders from across academia, industry, government and the third sector; they are peer reviewed by external experts. POSTnotes are often produced proactively, so that parliamentarians have advance knowledge of key issues before they reach the top of the political agenda.

Find out more here: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/publications/

House of Commons Library on BBC Westminster Hour

As BBC Radio 4 puts it, ‘The House of Commons library is an indispensable part of life at Westminter conducting research for MPs and providing impartial briefs on everything from the environment and schools to Brexit’. They have given enormous support to w4mp over the years – and this lovely piece by reporter John Beesley is  an excellent tribute as they celebrate 200 years.

Listen here