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


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 or the Parliamentary Intranet pages.

Did you know that you can pay your trade union members directly from your salary?

IPSA is reminding people that, for Members of Parliament, or MPs’ staff, who are members of a trade union, membership fees can usually be paid by salary deductions.

For those who would like to set up a salary deduction for union fees, please contact IPSA’s payroll team either by email or by calling 020 7811 6400 and pressing option 2.

Not in a Trade Union? Why not have a look here:

New home for alt.guides


Parliament is a serious place, and the Palace of Westminster and constituency offices are filled with hard-working, dedicated professionals engaged in the important business of running the country.  Yet even the most committed need time for rest and recuperation, space to kick back and unwind, and opportunities to take a sideways look at their workplace, employers and even their political masters.

For many years we’ve published a range of material  for staff who are looking for something less serious and rather more entertaining than the average guide to best practice.

Now they have their own home, along with an archive of our much-loved Hoby cartoons – over at

We hope you enjoy these guides as much as we do.

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 3 September 2018.

There have been some major changes to the contact details for Personal Independence Payments recently so, as always, please 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 Customer Services Hub

A new Customer Services Hub will open in the Members’ Centre in Portcullis House at 09:00 on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

It will include the Procedural Hub, the Library, the Parliamentary Digital Service, a General House Services enquiry and help desk, as well as charging lockers.

As the Derby Gate Library will be closing at 5pm on Monday 3 September to allow works to take place, some Library services will be made available in the Customer Services Hub.

Please see the intranet for full details:

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!) which is perfect for BBQs. The flat has plenty of storage space and the room advertised is cosy and bright.

The flat is 5 minutes’ walk from Earlsfield Rail Station. Trains leave every 3 minutes, taking just over 10 minutes to get to Waterloo. Southfields Tube (District line) is a 15 minute walk. There are various pubs, shops and restaurants within walking distance.

You would be living with Lara, a 27 year old from Bristol who works in Marketing in Aldgate and is friendly and sociable.



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 by an agency and they’ve always been good with any repairs and replacements.

It’s a 10 minute walk from either Vauxhall or Oval tube stations and Vauxhall Bus Station. Brixton, Battersea and Westminster are in walking distance.