Join the Leonard Cheshire Disability Campaign Steering Group

Leonard Cheshire Disability  supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability.

They are looking for 8 – 10 people who are either disabled, or have experience living with disability, to form a new Campaign Steering Group.

The Campaign Steering group will advise their Campaigns Team and ensure all campaigns are rooted in the real experiences of disabled people.

If you are interested in applying for this role please email for further details and an application form. They are happy to accommodate access requirements to enable your application and participation.

The full role description can be found on their website at:–02339-head-office—london/2359/description/

Interviews will be held on weeks commencing 6 August and 13 August.

The first meeting of the Campaign Steering Group will be held on 11 September.

W4MP players wanted for successful south London Sunday Football Club, in 20th Anniversary Year​​

Westminster Wanderers Football Club are looking for new players for the upcoming 2018/19 season and beyond.​​
  • Friendly club, welcoming all ages/abilities ​​
  • Weekly training on Battersea Park Astro​​
  • Fixtures played across Tooting (home), Clapham, Wandsworth and Merton ​​
  • Regular competitive 11-a-side football​​
  • The best kits in London amateur football​​
  • Annual tours as far as New York City and Reykjavik​​
  • Regular social events​​
​Westminster Wanderers are a successful Sunday League Football Club playing in and around Wandsworth and Merton. We are looking for new players for the 2018-19 season. ​​​
We want to hear now from players interested in competitive Sunday league football for the next season. We run three 11-a-side teams in the Southern Sunday Football League and have a casual 8-a-side match on Monday evenings. We train regularly and our home ground is on Tooting Common. Our Vet’s side plays friendly fixtures throughout the year in Battersea Park.​​​
We have players from politics, researchers, advisers, public affairs, policy, the civil service, PR, journalism, academia and beyond, and are cross-party. We’re very grateful for the support we’ve had and players we’ve found from W4MP in recent years.​​
We welcome new players – the growth of the club has only come about because we are well organised and attract and retain good players.​ Having been founded in 1999, the upcoming season will be the Wanderers’ 20th anniversary, and we’re aiming for some more silverware in the cabinet.​​
The club will be running training sessions during July and August on Tuesday and Thursday nights – new players are welcome to come to any of these sessions. ​​​
You can see more about Westminster Wanderers in the Southern Sunday Football League pages in the London section of Football Mitoo.  If you are a committed player who wants to be part of a successful club then please contact the Club Chairman Alex Aiken at or find us on Facebook​​

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 4 July 2018.

There have been some major changes to the contact details for Child Maintenance and for Personal Independence Payments 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 may be out of date.

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

MPs who have crossed the floor..

The Commons Library has just published a useful list with details of  when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted.

Read it here

They would like your help: as they say, ‘Due to the difficulties in compiling a comprehensive list of all floor-crossings, whip withdrawals and whip resignations, this list cannot be guaranteed to be definitive. We are always happy to hear of any additions or amendments to the list. Please email with any comments.’

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 a desk if required.

Shared bathroom with shower enclosure.

Shared designer kitchen with microwave, AGA, dishwasher.

Separate laundry room with washer and dryer.

Shared living area with smart TV and access to garden.

Your room will be cleaned once a week and your bed linen washed and changed.

20 Mbps broadband and all bills included.

Available from 9 July.

Non-smoker only. No pets. £800 per month.


Voice and Vote: Westminster Hall exhibition

Between 27 June and 6 October 2018, a major exhibition, Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament, will be staged in Westminster Hall. Using both interactive features and historic exhibits, Voice & Vote will highlight the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

More details on the Parliament website.

Take home pay calculator

In the UK, salaries are always quoted as gross and figuring out your take home net pay or gross to net salary is your responsibility.   This site has calculated carefully all possible gross annual salaries to give you the net salary you will take home.  The net salaries are calculated to show the exact amount you will take home after the income tax and national insurance contributions for 2018-2019.  You can also check hourly wage calculator which is useful especially for students.

Have a look at the calculator here: Take Home Pay Calculator

World Cup Action

Amidst the petabytes of press coverage of the World Cup, Politico has done the one useful thing of finding out where best to watch matches in the vicinity of Westminster (we assume those working in constituency offices have enough local knowledge to track down a screen).

According to today’s London Playbook:

The match is live on BBC1, which means it will be on in pretty much all the pubs around Westminster including the Red Lion and the Westminster Arms. Strangers will have it on too — though possibly without sound — as will the Sports and Social. But if you want a big screen, you’ll have to go further afield — try the Barley Mow on Horseferry Road, Greenwood in Victoria (which has 19 screens) or Sports Bar & Grill at Waterloo station. The Porterhouse in Covent Garden was great for the last World Cup, with fans from all over the world flocking there. The Grafton Arms in Soho has an outdoor screen if you need to chain-smoke nervously.
Whatever you do: Get there early — the pubs are going to be rammed. In fact, get there really early and check out England’s next opponents … Belgium vs. Panama kicks off at 4 p.m.

The Influence of Where You Live

New analysis of 15 years of the Hansard Society‘s Audit of Political Engagement data shows how geography is an important factor in determining whether citizens feel they have influence on decision-making at the national level, even when other key factors that influence political engagement – such as education and social class – are taken into account.

The full report is available to read on the Hansard Society website.