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HoC Library Talks on YouTube

Did you know that the House of Commons Library Talks are now available in audio format on the UK Parliament YouTube Channel? You can access the list of past talks on the intranet here: http://bit.ly/2kzM1iY and if you click on the link to a particular talk, it will give you a directly link to the YouTube […]

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Library Briefing Paper on Brexit now available

The House of Commons Library has published an important paper that looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps […]

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Managing an Internship in Your Office

For information on short-term work experience placements for school pupils or college students, please see our page on ‘Organising Work Experience in an MP’s Office‘ Introduction Recruitment Induction Supervision Treatment Payment and Duration Certification/Reference and Feedback The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has developed a Charter, which offers a Code of Practice on […]

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Tweeting Parliament

The Twitter account @TheyWorkForYou tweets out what’s happened in Parliament, with links to each day’s debates. Useful if you want alerts on what’s going on in the House… https://twitter.com/TheyWorkForYou

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MPs and Freedom of Information

Your MP may be contacted by constituents (or others) making official requests for information. These requests will usually fall into two categories: requests for copies of information held about themselves, under the Data Protection Act, or requests for other information under the Freedom of Information Act. Data Protection requests The three key obligations of the […]

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Members’ Staff Training Course 2013 Directory published – Jan to June

The Members’ Staff Training Course Directory has now been published. This is your essential guide to the courses on offer from the House of Commons in partnership with Capita Learning and Development. All events featured in this directory are funded directly through the Department of HR and Change, not from your Member’s allowances. The Directory […]

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Asylum Casework

W4MP’s essential guide to dealing with asylum casework, written with the help of Melanie Gower (Senior Researcher in the Commons Library) and covering asylum, immigration and nationality issues. Click here for the guide. Here’s the index: Introduction Asylum seeker or refugee – what’s the difference? Applications Outcomes ‘Legacy’ cases Detention Refused asylum seekers Removal action

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Security at Westminster and in Constituency Offices

As you’d like to hope, Parliament has about the best security and emergency planning of any place to work in the country.  This Guide can’t tell you everything (for security reasons of course!) but can point security-cleared staff in the right direction if you’d like more information on the procedures in place to keep our […]

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Setting Up the Office

Setting up the Office 2.1  Choosing the right office(s) 2.2  Furniture, Equipment and Stationery 2.3  Computers 2.4  Email 2.5  Data Registration 2.6  Confidentiality 2.7  Involving Volunteers, Work Experience Students, Interns 2.8  Registering Interests 2.9  Health and Safety Policy for constituency offices 2.10 Dealing with post and deliveries 2.1 Choosing the right office(s) The tasks performed […]

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Register of Interests

Latest update: 30 April 2019 Introduction  Holders of photo-identity passes as Members’ secretaries or research assistants are required to complete a Registration Form on which they are asked to list certain financial interests they may have.  Anyone who is required to complete the form is automatically sent one by the Pass Office or else by the […]