Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 21 June 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that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date.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).

Information about Brexit process and negotiations

The UK lawyer and journalist David Allen Green has a series of tweets in which he offers his suggestions for places to look/people to follow for information about Brexit.  It’s presented here ‘without comment’


@davidallengreen tweets at

1.  So – which accounts should you follow so as to follow the thrills and spills of the Brexit negotiations?

2. Having followed Brexit for a year, there is a broad hierarchy of sources of useful reliable information.

Without snark, as follows.

3. The most reliable information on Brexit will come from the EU institutions.

Unfortunate for UK, but sadly true.

4. This is the page of the EU negotiation team:

5. The official EU commission account is @EU_Commission. But @MichelBarnier and (especially) @WeyandSabine are the ones to follow.

6. The latter is the EU’s deputy chief negotiator, and her RTs. tweets and likes are interesting and indicative.

7. Most of the EU key documents will be posted speedily and will be available in plain sight.

8. After the EU, the best sources are certain journalists. (You will see UK government will be further down this list, at number

9. In particular, peerless @alexebarker. If did not write for FT, I would subscribe for his stuff on Brexit. Also @ftbrussels generally.

10. Some other excellent journalists to follow on Brexit:


11. (Apologies to those missed off, but I will RT their good stuff as well. Some outstanding Brexit journalism out there.)

12. The third best source for information on Brexit is, oddly, the UK parliament (not the government).

13. House of Commons library @commonslibrary has produced outstandingly thorough briefings on EU issues (pity MPs don’t read them enough)

14. And various Commons and Lords committees have also provided outstanding reports. Both @CommonsEUexit and @LordsEUCom should be followed.

15. With parliamentary reports, the detailed oral and written evidence is also posted and always worth looking at, not just the reports.

16. The fourth best source for reliable Brexit information are various thinktanks: @CER_EU @Bruegel_org @instituteforgov are must-follows.

17. And fifth and last, comes the UK government, which is woeful on providing reliable Brexit information. But for completeness, @DExEUgov.

18. For commentary rather than than information, I am sure you all have your preferred sources. But this thread not about commentary.


Anniversary of the death of Jo Cox

From Parliamentary website:

One year on from the tragic death of Jo Cox, the Member for Batley and Spen, the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, has issued the following message of remembrance:

Jo Cox was taken from us cruelly last year. As she made her way to a constituency meeting in Batley and Spen, West Yorkshire – the place where she was born and which she served as a fantastic Member of Parliament – her life was tragically cut short.

One year on, it is with great sadness – but with warm memories – that I send my deepest condolences to her husband, Brendan, and their two children, Lejla and Cuillin – as well as to her family and friends. The pain that they have had to endure is unimaginable and my thoughts are with them all.

Jo spent her life serving and campaigning to bring people together through her charity work and her work as a Member of Parliament. As she so poignantly described in her maiden speech: ‘We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.’ Her warmth, generosity and compassion will be a lasting legacy.

I didn’t know Jo until she was elected and therefore I was privileged to know her for just one year. But in the year that I did know her, I saw and heard her a great deal. She made a huge impact on me and my strong sense is that she made a huge impact on everyone around us. She came into politics for all the rights reasons and was doing a magnificent job.

It is most fitting her inclusive nature has inspired The Great Get Together, which will take place this weekend. In her memory, thousands of people will host or attend street parties and celebrations of that life, celebrations that will boost community spirit.

Jo’s killing was an attack on democracy which shook the world. It was an act of terror, designed not only to strike an individual but to undermine our freedom.

In her honour, in Jo’s honour, and as we begin this new Parliament, it is incumbent upon us all to rededicate ourselves to our democracy, and stand together in the face of those who seek to destroy it.

The Great Get Together

In honour of Jo’s belief that ‘we have we have far more in common than that which divides us’, the Jo Cox Foundation is organising The Great Get Together on the weekend of 16-18 June across the UK.

Can’t get into your Banner account?

It’s OK, it’s not you.

Banner has temporarily disabled all of the bespoke stationery accounts whilst they update their records following the General Election.  They’re working on it at the moment, but are not yet able to say when they will be re-enabled.

The general accounts are still accessible.

Advice and Support from Customer Services

For those of you who are new to working for a Member of Parliament, or who are continuing to work for your newly re-elected Member, you might like to know that Chris Sear, Head of Customer Services for the Customer Team, is very happy to discuss any issues you might have.

Chris can be contacted by email at, or on (020 7219) 1735 during office hours – if Chris isn’t around someone from the Customer team will be happy to help.

You might also like to know that two events for Members’ staff are planned and more will be set up shortly. There is an event in Westminster – in the Attlee Suite in portcullis House – on 7 July and in Scotland (location to be confirmed) on 11 July. The programmes are varied and will cover a number of different services that will help you with your work, and are a great opportunity to meet House staff and each other. If you are interested in attending these please let the Customer Team  know. We will post full details on w4mp as soon as we have them.

New MP? Make sure you register with the Information Commissioner.

Congratulations on being elected/re-elected to Parliament!

One of the most important things you must do right away is to register with the Information Commissioner.  It’s really easy to do, by going to their website here: and select ‘Elected representative’ from the drop-down list.  It will cost you £35 to register.

You can find lots of useful information about your rights and obligations under the Data Protection Act on the intranet here:


Is your data correct on Wikidata?

We’ve had a note from Andy Mabbett about MPs and Wikidata:

The days after a general election are a good time to remind MPs and their staff that Wikipedia has a biography of every MP. I’ve written before about how MPs can work with Wikipedia  and its sister projects, to ensure that those articles are complete and up-to-date.  Several items of data about MPs, such as their website, Twitter name and Facebook profile, and whether Wikipedia has an openly-licensed image of them, are stored in one of those sister projects, a central database called Wikidata, so that they can be accessed not only by Wikipedias in many languages, but by anyone wanting them, as linked, open data, for reuse in other websites or apps.

Wikipedia volunteers are currently busy ensuring that the recent election results are accurately reflected – noting former MPs, updating data about those who continue, and, of course adding new ones. Nonetheless, it would be great if  staff could assist this process to check the details held about their members is complete.

Accordingly these two Wikidata pages show:

data about new MPs

data about all MPs in the new parliament.
(where that is shown in
their entry)

And we’d be very grateful for your effort in ensuring it is accurate.

Hung Parliaments: Hansard Society report

With the country facing a hung Parliament, how will a government be formed and then sustained in office? Plotting a roadmap through the constitutional issues, this paper highlights and explains key parliamentary dates and events that will shape the process and the impact it may have on the way Parliament works.

A new Hansard Society report will give you more background

Read the report.