Parliament Choir

Do you enjoy singing but feel you don’t have time?

Did you know there is a choir at Westminster?

We meet for 2 hours every Monday evening in the Chapel Undercroft, so it is the perfect way to relax after a hard day’s work.  We are a very friendly group of all ages made up of House staff, Parliamentary staff, MPs and Peers.  But rank and position are left at the door.  All that matters is a love of choral singing.

We usually put on two or three concerts each year at venues close to the House.  We work closely with the wonderful Southbank Sinfonia which is made up of a constantly changing group of exciting young professional musicians.  We even have an annual trip to a music festival in Tuscany.  What is not to like?!

We welcome all pass-holders and it is fine to come for a few weeks to see if you enjoy it before joining formally.  So come and find us.  Or make contact with our Secretary, Diana Thompson, at

Garage/Parking Space Available – Waterloo/Westminster area

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Our parking space is located in an indoor underground garage metres away from the London Eye, right in the heart of London. The property is secured with 24-hour porters and CCTV, and access is granted through a fob. The space is on the first underground floor and right next to the driveway for easiest access.

– 5 minute walk from Waterloo station.
– 5 minute walk from Westminster station.

o First Underground Floor
o Sheltered with lighting
o 24/7 Access
o Protected by CCTV
o Security

o 2-minute walk from The London Eye
o 5-minute walk from The Southbank Centre
o 5-minute walk from the Big Ben and Houses of Parliament

o 5-minute walk from Westminster Station
o 5-minute walk from Waterloo Station

£300 / month


Lovely Flat Share Available

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I currently have one spare room available in a lovely house, sharing with one other young professional female.

The flat has a large garden, newly renovated kitchen/ dining room, modern living room, two bathrooms and two bedrooms.

It’s a 5 minute walk from Queen’s Road Peckham Station (Direct to London Bridge / Clapham Junction etc.) or a 10 minute walk to the delights of Peckham Rye.


WhatDoTheyKnow is ten years old..

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WhatDoTheyKnow, mySociety’s Freedom of Information site, launched on 22 February, 2008 — ten whole years (plus a week) ago! They’ve marked its first decade by digging into a little history:

We hope you enjoy – and find the site useful.


Featured image  from WOCIntech

The Women Who Didn’t Get the Vote in 1918

WebRoots Democracy has an event on 20 February that may be of interest – see

WebRoots Democracy event
WebRoots Democracy event


Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote in 1918.

2018 marks the centenary of the first women in the UK being allowed to vote. The 1918 Representation of the People Act allowed women over the age of 30 to vote provided they were university graduates, had certain property rights, or were married to men who had certain property rights. Ten years later, the 1928 Representation of the People Act provided electoral equality, allowing all women over the age of 21 to vote, regardless of property rights.

Join us on the 20th of February as we learn more about the women who were denied the vote in 1918 and to explore current voting behaviour and political representation across class, gender, and ethnic divides in 2018.


Dawn Butler MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
Cllr Abena Oppong Asare – London Borough of Bexley and Labour Women’s Network
Neema Begum – PhD Researcher (Ethnicity and Voting Behaviour), University of Bristol
Rachael Gibbons – Programme Lead (Working Class Heroes), RECLAIM Project

Chair: Fahmida Rahman – WebRoots Democracy

Further speakers to be announced.

Spaces are limited and your name will need to be on the guestlist in order to attend.

Stay updated and follow WebRoots Democracy on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 12 February 2018

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 (you need to have an intranet login to access this page).

You are invited to take part in EqualiTeas

You are invited to take part in EqualiTeas (18 June-2 July 2018) a UK-wide celebration of our democratic equality that will mark the 90th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1928 in which all people were given the right to vote on an equal basis.

Hold an event or activity

Anyone can hold an EqualiTeas party! Your EqualiTeas event or activity can take any form you would like. It can be big or small, private or public, inside or out! As long as it brings your community together to explore what equality means to people. Pop on the kettle, make a cup of your favourite brew, and have a chat about why you value equality and what it means to you.

Free EqualiTeas pack

Register your EqualiTeas event today and receive a free event pack which includes:

• tablecloth board game
• pack of debate cards
• party banner
• selfie placard
• badges
• cookie cutter and recipe card

We have 4000 packs to be claimed, register for yours before they have gone.

Who we are

EqualiTeas has been developed by the Houses of Parliament as part of its Education and Engagement Service. It is part of Vote 100 which marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote for the first time: the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Working Group on an Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy

Evening Standard 8 Feb

In November,  the Prime Minister convened a cross-party Working Group to establish a new independent complaints and grievance procedure, in response to reports of sexual harassment and bullying in parliament.

The group’s report was published today and can be read on the Parliament website. It has attracted a lot of press coverage: