Photographic exhibition of all 209 Female MPs seeks funding

On 14th December 1918  women voted for the first time in Britain, and in the same year the first female MP was elected.

To mark 100 years since some women achieved the right to vote, the 209 Women project aims to take over parliament with 209 new photographic portraits of all female MPs, shot exclusively by female photographers, and make it free and open to the public.

To ensure that all of the women photographers involved receive support to make this visual statement, they need help, and have set up a funding page at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/209-women/

The aim is that the exhibition will hang in Westminster from 14th December to February 2019 (tbc). It will be curated by Hilary Wood, (founder of ‘209 Women’ and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery, Co- Director of Northern Narratives arts initiative) and Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine).

The exhibition is supported by Liverpool City Council. In February 2019, it will travel to Open Eye Gallery, to be exhibited in partnership with Culture Liverpool.

Behind the scenes: Diane Abbott (Labour), photographed by Karen Knorr. ©Karen Knorr.

A new way to book meeting and committee rooms in the House of Commons

Please note that rooms can not be booked by members of the public.

From Monday 8 October 2018, there will be a new way to book meeting and committee rooms in the House of Commons, including a ‘self-service’ portal on the intranet.  These changes will affect rooms in the Palace, Portcullis House, Norman Shaw North, 1 Parliament Street, 7 Millbank and Richmond House.

See here for further details: https://intranet.parliament.uk/access-buildings/offices-rooms/room-bookings/

Meeting room bookings
If you would like to book a room for a meeting, the Room Booking and Access Team will now manage all enquiries and can be contacted, Monday to Friday on x3050 between the hours of 9am – 6pm, or email hocroombookings@parliament.uk.

Alternatively, bookings can be made in the Customer Services Hub in Portcullis House and the self-service room bookings system, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for booking all meeting rooms (except committee rooms). All bookings will be automatically confirmed by email.

Information on the rules relating to the use of parliamentary meeting and committee rooms can be found on the intranet.

Functions and events bookings
If you are planning a function or event or hosting a breakfast, lunch, dinner or reception, the House of Commons Events Team will manage all enquiries, including all bookings for the Attlee Suite.

The team can be contacted on x3090 between the hours of 9am – 6pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 4.30pm on Fridays, or you can email hoceventsteam@parliament.uk

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: rsvp@plan-uk.org

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 28 September 2018.

There have been some major changes to the contact details for Personal Independence Payments recently so, as always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out of date.

Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

Have you looked at POST’s publications recently?

POST provides balanced and accessible overviews of research from across the biological, physical and social sciences, and engineering and technology. It places the findings of this research in a policy context for Parliamentary use.

The best known format for these briefings are ‘POSTnotes’: four page summaries of public policy issues based on reviews of the research literature and interviews with stakeholders from across academia, industry, government and the third sector; they are peer reviewed by external experts. POSTnotes are often produced proactively, so that parliamentarians have advance knowledge of key issues before they reach the top of the political agenda.

Find out more here: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/publications/

House of Commons Library on BBC Westminster Hour

As BBC Radio 4 puts it, ‘The House of Commons library is an indispensable part of life at Westminter conducting research for MPs and providing impartial briefs on everything from the environment and schools to Brexit’. They have given enormous support to w4mp over the years – and this lovely piece by reporter John Beesley is  an excellent tribute as they celebrate 200 years.

Listen here

 

Bullying and Harassment and Sexual Harassment support services

The Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (ICGP) Programme was established to help ensure that Westminster, constituency offices and related locations are safe environments in which everyone can feel valued and respected.

Following the 19 July Commons vote on the proposals outlined in the ICGP delivery report, two new independent helpline services are now live. These services offer support and advice those who have experienced bullying and harassment and sexual harassment whilst on the Parliamentary Estate, in constituency offices or whilst undertaking parliamentary work.

These services are available to MPs and MPs’ staff and interns, as well as staff employed by or working for the House of Commons, Parliamentary Digital Service,  and other paid or unpaid staff, including those employed by external organisations who hold a parliamentary pass.

For full details see  http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/harassment-involving-mps-and-staff/ or the Parliamentary Intranet pages.

Did you know that you can pay your trade union members directly from your salary?

IPSA is reminding people that, for Members of Parliament, or MPs’ staff, who are members of a trade union, membership fees can usually be paid by salary deductions.

For those who would like to set up a salary deduction for union fees, please contact IPSA’s payroll team either by email payroll@theipsa.org.uk or by calling 020 7811 6400 and pressing option 2.

Not in a Trade Union? Why not have a look here: http://www.w4mp.org/library/researchguides/your-employment-status/staff-rights-and-representation/tgwuunite-parliamentary-branch/

Getting away from the Westminster Bubble… a long way.

If it’s all getting a bit too much for you, then we have one of the more unusual job offers over on w4mpjobs –  a chief reporter role for the Island Times.

The Island Times newspaper is the leading, nation-wide print newspaper in the Republic of Palau (Pacific Islands Region), published twice a week and they are looking to hire a paid full-time news and politics reporter to join their small team in Koror City.

That’s… here…

Check out the details on w4mpjobs,  or read the paper’s website.