Four dissolution events are taking place for staff. Full details including venues are on the Parliamentary Intranet and you can turn up without booking.
Sheffield – Thursday (7th) – 11-1
Glasgow Friday (8th) 10-1
Cardiff Tuesday (12th) – 10-1
Crewe Wednesday 13th 2-4
See the Intranet page for more.
Have you seen the Women and Parliament 360° virtual tour?
See where the 1866 first mass petition for female suffrage was handed in, find out about the campaign for equal voting rights, and more.
The content of the Women and Parliament virtual tour draws on research and content from the 2018 exhibition ‘Voice and Vote’. The exhibition project was financed by the Speaker’s Art Fund and the House of Lords with support from the House of Commons.
With the prospect of a General Election looming, we have created a page with links to the official guidance on dissolution.
Our dissolution page will be updated with information and new links as we receive them.
Have you visited the House of Commons Library Help Hub Community yet?
The Help Hub Community is a forum where caseworkers can ask each other questions, share experiences and provide advice. They also run regular ‘ask the expert sessions’ with Library specialists.
MPs’ Staff should have been sent an email inviting them to join the community. If you haven’t received one, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they will sign you up and send you a link.
Following the Gemma White QC Report into bullying and harassment of MPs’ staff, the House of Commons service are thinking about what they can do to help to include MPs’ staff within the parliamentary community. They would like to take the opportunity to ask you your views on how they can best do this. The survey takes only a minute or two and can be accessed here:
MP staff survey
The survey will close on Friday 8 November 2019.
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Thursday 10 October is World Mental Health Day.
Wellbeing practitioners will be running a stall in PCH to promote good mental health at work and encourage everyone to know what support and resources are available to them.
A team of Mental Health First Aiders will also be running stalls and activities in Parliamentary buildings across the Estate.
Please see the intranet for further information: https://intranet.parliament.uk/employment/health-and-wellbeing/whats-on/world-mental-health-day-2019-focus-suicide-prevention/
Flu vaccination clinics have been arranged for 15, 16 and 17 October in the Palace of Westminster. These are available to Staff of the House of Commons, PDS, Members of the House of Commons and their staff.
Please see the intranet for further information:
Extinction Rebellion are planning two weeks of direct action, commencing on Sunday 6 October. The protests will take the form of peaceful ‘camps’ around Westminster, and high levels of disruption are expected.
See the post on the Parliamentary Intranet for more details.
As you may have heard on the news, the Supreme Court has ruled that the proroguing of Parliament was unlawful and therefore did not actually happen, and the Commons will sit tomorrow.
Here at w4mp we’d like to send good wishes to everyone whose plans have been changed at short notice and wish them all the best as they deal with the inevitable pressures of the the next few weeks.