HMRC Casework Advice Surgery

HMRC’s next drop-in surgery, to which MPs and staff can bring HMRC-related constituent cases, takes place tomorrow between 11:00 and 13:00 in Room R at Portcullis House.

HMRC experts on tax credits, PAYE and Self Assessment will be available to help resolve cases that your constituents might have raised.  They’ll also take away any more complex cases to get these resolved as quickly as possible.

In addition, HMRC policy officials will be available to answer questions on the loan charge.

Upcoming drop-in details:

  • 18 June, 11:00 to 13:00 Room: P PCH
  • 17 July, 11:00 to 13:00 Room: U PCH

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:

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.

Black History Month: Gospel Choir at St Mary Undercroft


Join the London Adventist Chorale for an evening of rich, heartfelt a cappella music.

These songs, considered the first indigenous genre of the New World, speak of hope, triumph, and a better future. The choir will sing such songs as Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Good News, Deep River and others, which will involve audience participation.

Choir director Ken Burton will also share some insights into the music.

Please visit our Eventbrite page to reserve your space.


Date: Wednesday 28 October

Time: 6.30 – 8pm

Location: Chapel of St Mary Undercroft

 For more information contact ParliREACH at


In the thick of it: what it’s really like working for an MP

David Jones at the Information and Outreach Service has written to tell us about an event taking place next month where the reality of working for an MP will be discussed – so those of you who aren’t sure what you’re actually doing may be interested!

It’s on Tuesday 24 November 6.30pm to 8pm at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London, London, E1 4NS and is billed as “a lively evening at Queen Mary University of London discussing the realities of working for an MP. In a demanding, sometimes insecure, environment, find out how staff ensure MPs are well-supported to address constituents’ concerns and party political needs, while dealing with daily pressures and challenges”

Speakers include:

  • Imran Ahmed – Parliamentary Adviser to Hilary Benn MP
  • Janet Walker – Parliamentary Assistant to Tom Tugendhat MP
  • Patrick Diamond – lecturer in Public Policy, Queen Mary University & former Special Adviser to Lord Mandelson (Chair)

As well as an insight into the day to day work of Parliament, attendees will also be able to access information about careers in Parliament.

Booking a place

To book a place at this event, please complete the registration form at this link: Registration form – 24 November 2015

Alternatively, contact Parliament’s Outreach Service on 020 7219 1650 or email Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so booking in advance is essential.

Seminar: how Parliament deals with Delegated Legislation

A free seminar for those interested in how Parliament scrutinises delegated legislation in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Delegated legislation deals with subjects as varied as metric measurements, legal aid, standardised packaging of tobacco products, food labelling, building regulations, tax orders and freezing terrorists’ assets.  It wi

When: Friday 16 January 2015, 10.30 am to 12.00 pm

Where: Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

Register here


The programme will cover:

Delegated legislation and the House of Commons

  • Statutory instruments and the House of Commons
  • The work of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Delegated legislation and the House of Lords

  • How statutory instruments pass through the House of Lords
  • Scrutiny in the House of Lords

Tracking delegated legislation online: a practical guide

  • follow the progress of delegated legislation through both Houses
  • track what stage delegated legislation has reached in each House
  • discover how to find relevant debates


Please note this seminar will cover the parliamentary processes used for delegated legislation and will not cover policy.


There are limited places for attendees at this event and places are available on a first come first served basis. If a waiting list is formed then this will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, places are non-transferable.


MAPSA Guide to Dissolution

With dissolution fast-approaching – and predictable for once – MAPSA, the Members and Peers Staff Association, has sent us details of and event they are holding in the Jubilee Room  fro 2pm – 3.30pm, on Thursday November 13.

This will be your opportunity to hear from IPSA, PICT, the Serjeant at Arms and the Personnel Advice Service about the processes and rules surrounding dissolution, access arrangements, IT do’s and don’ts, expenses, salaries and a wide range of other issues.

It will also be your chance to ask any questions you may have and give you a point of contact for any further discussions. It’s open to all parliamentary and constituency staff – you don’t have to be a MAPSA member.

BOOK YOUR PLACE by 7th November by emailing

Invitation to MPs’ researchers from POST

Info sent to W4MP from POST – plus an invitation….and….a chance of winning a prize!  How can you resist?



What do organ transplants, invasive species and driverless vehicles have in common? Well, they are all briefing papers currently in preparation at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Our office works for both Houses, specialising in producing a wide range of independent, peer-reviewed science and technology papers. They aim to inform MPs and Peers of exciting scientific developments that will have an impact on policymaking and legislation.

We also organise a busy year-round events programme open to all parliamentarians and staff – our next event is for MPs’ Researchers. We would be delighted if you could join us over lunch in the Attlee Suite at 12.00 – 2.00pm on Tuesday 16 July, where staff will be on hand to talk about how POST can help you with your work. There will also be a prize for researchers who sign up to our mailing list at the event!

To register for this event, or to join our mailing list to receive our briefings and future event invitations please contact or telephone us on 020 7219 2840.

We are always delighted to receive suggestions for new briefings – do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to see a topic covered by our scientific staff. Our comprehensive catalogue of publications is available online at