Portcullis House Access Changes

It’s worth noting that Portcullis House search and screening will be closed from Monday 8 May until Tuesday 6 June, inclusive. 

Between 8.00am-6.00pm passholders can still access the estate via this entrance and passholders and visitors will be able to exit in the usual way.

The nearest alternative visitor access points are 1 Parliament Street and Cromwell Green Entrance.

Further information

For more information please contact the Serjeant at Arms Office (SAAaccessteam@parliament.uk) or on x0145.

Nominate for the Parliamentary Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2017

Nominees are wanted for the 2017 Parliamentary Diversity and Inclusion Awards.
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If you know of colleagues or teams who deserve to be recognised for their positive impact in the workplace, then please click here to nominate them.

The awards team wants to hear about projects which have made a real difference to colleagues, Members, Peers, their staff, or the public.  They are looking for people who are consistently championing inclusion, acting as role models, driving change, or are embedding the principles of diversity and inclusion into their areas of work.

Nominees will be honoured at the D&I awards ceremony. This year hosted by the BFI Southbank.

To nominate someone or to find out more click here.

2017 Audit of Political Engagement

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The 2017 Audit of Political  Engagement has been published by The Hansard Society and offers an in-depth picture of public political engagement after a dramatic year for British politics.

Key findings of the report include:

  • A Positive ‘Referendum Effect’ Fails to Materialise. There has been no positive ‘referendum effect’ on public attitudes after the June 2016 EU vote, of the kind witnessed after the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. Claimed interest in (53%) and knowledge (49%) of politics have declined (by four and six percentage points respectively) compared to last year. Satisfaction with the system of governing Britain has barely changed and remains low at 31%.
  • Changes in Political Behaviour? Although the public’s attitudes are proving hard to shift, there are some positive signs of change in political behaviour. After the high turnout in the EU referendum, people’s certainty to vote remains at a high watermark. There are also signs of some improvements in public engagement with Parliament. Just over half the public say they have engaged with Parliament in some way in the previous 12 months – a 10-point increase on last year.
  • Perceptions of Parliament. The public clearly value Parliament, with a substantial majority (73%) believing it is essential to democracy. However, overall satisfaction with the way Parliament works (30%) is now six points lower than when the first Audit was published in 2004. Claimed knowledge of Parliament has declined by seven points from last year to 45%, but remains higher than at the same stage of the political cycle after the 2005 and 2010 elections. In relation to its core functions, the public think Parliament could do a better job of scrutinising the use of public money, representing ordinary people’s interests, and encouraging public involvement in politics.
  • The EU Referendum Support for more referendums has declined by 15 points. But a clear majority of British people (61%) still think referendums should be used more often for determining important questions. Eighty-eight percent of UKIP supporters support the use of more referendums compared to just 42% of Lib Dems who say the same, while the views of Labour and Conservative supporters are broadly identical (59%).  On top of this, just 43% claim to feel knowledgeable about the EU, a rise of just five points since last year’s study.

To read the report in full click here. To find out more about The Hansard Society, their work and publications visit www.hansardsociety.org.uk


Electing a New Parliament

Taken from the Parliament Website

Wednesday 3 May 2017 – Dissolution of Parliament

A proclamation will be made announcing when Parliament will meet after the general election and setting the date of the Queen’s Speech at State Opening.

Writs will be issued for elections in the UK’s 650 constituencies.

Thursday 11 May 2017 – Deadline for the delivery of nomination papers

Deadline for candidates to deliver nomination papers to Returning Officer (4pm) and deadline for candidates to withdraw (4pm).

Monday 22 May 2017 – Voter registration deadline

This is the cut-off date for UK citizens aged 18 or over to register to vote in the general election.

It also marks the deadline for voters to apply for a postal or a proxy vote.

Candidates’ nomination papers must be delivered to the local returning officer. Any candidate wishing to withdraw must do so on this date.

Election agents, who ensure the proper management of each candidate’s campaign, must also be appointed.

Tuesday 23 May 2017 – Deadline for postal vote applications

5pm on this day marks the deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes.

Wednesday 31 May 2017 – Deadline for proxy vote applications

Deadline for applying for a proxy vote (except for emergency proxies) at 5pm.

Thursday 8 June 2017 – Polling day

Polling booths will be open between 7am and 10pm. Counting of votes will begin when the polls close.

Tuesday 13 June 2017 – Parliament is expected to return for the election of the Speaker

Election of the Speaker of the House of Commons

The Speaker is elected on the first day that the House meets after the General Election.

Swearing in of MPs will take place on subsequent days

When Parliament returns, MPs start swearing the Oath of Allegiance or making an Affirmation in the Commons.

Members of the House of Lords start swearing the Oath of Allegiance or making an Affirmation in the Lords.

Monday 19 June 2017 – The Queen’s Speech 2017

The Queen’s Speech is delivered at the State Opening of the new Parliament.

Impact of Dissolution on Justice Committee

The Justice Committee has issued a short report explaining the impact of the dissolution of Parliament on its work, setting out what the Committee had done in each of its current inquiries and other work, and what the Committee was planning to do in the near future.

Chair’s comment

Bob Neill MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

“We hope this brief report will be of interest to our stakeholders and the wider public, as well as to our successor Committee in the next Parliament, in setting out what plans we had before our work was interrupted by the general election. It will be for the new Justice Committee in the next Parliament to decide whether to pick up where we have left off on our inquiries and other work on matters such as prison reform, disclosure of young people’s criminal records, Transforming Rehabilitation, and personal injury claims.

I also stress the Committee’s thanks for the assistance it received in its work in the 2015 Parliament from all those who have given written and oral evidence or helped the Committee in other ways.

More details on the Parliament website

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 19 April 2017.

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).