The Commons Library has just published a useful list with details of when a Member has changed allegiance from one political party to another or decided to sit as an independent MP. Instances of Members losing or resigning a party whip are also noted.
Read it here
They would like your help: as they say, ‘Due to the difficulties in compiling a comprehensive list of all floor-crossings, whip withdrawals and whip resignations, this list cannot be guaranteed to be definitive. We are always happy to hear of any additions or amendments to the list. Please email email@example.com with any comments.’
We have updated the w4mp guides archive at http://archive.w4mp.org/ – if you are looking for an old guide then please go there – out of date guides are being removed from this site.
Between 27 June and 6 October 2018, a major exhibition, Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament, will be staged in Westminster Hall. Using both interactive features and historic exhibits, Voice & Vote will highlight the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
More details on the Parliament website.
In the UK, salaries are always quoted as gross and figuring out your take home net pay or gross to net salary is your responsibility. This site has calculated carefully all possible gross annual salaries to give you the net salary you will take home. The net salaries are calculated to show the exact amount you will take home after the income tax and national insurance contributions for 2018-2019. You can also check hourly wage calculator which is useful especially for students.
Have a look at the calculator here: Take Home Pay Calculator
Amidst the petabytes of press coverage of the World Cup, Politico has done the one useful thing of finding out where best to watch matches in the vicinity of Westminster (we assume those working in constituency offices have enough local knowledge to track down a screen).
According to today’s London Playbook:
The match is live on BBC1, which means it will be on in pretty much all the pubs around Westminster including the Red Lion and the Westminster Arms. Strangers will have it on too — though possibly without sound — as will the Sports and Social. But if you want a big screen, you’ll have to go further afield — try the Barley Mow
on Horseferry Road, Greenwood
in Victoria (which has 19 screens) or Sports Bar & Grill
at Waterloo station. The Porterhouse
in Covent Garden was great for the last World Cup, with fans from all over the world flocking there. The Grafton Arms
in Soho has an outdoor screen if you need to chain-smoke nervously.
Whatever you do: Get there early — the pubs are going to be rammed. In fact, get there really early and check out England’s next opponents … Belgium vs. Panama kicks off at 4 p.m.
New analysis of 15 years of the Hansard Society‘s Audit of Political Engagement data shows how geography is an important factor in determining whether citizens feel they have influence on decision-making at the national level, even when other key factors that influence political engagement – such as education and social class – are taken into account.
The full report is available to read on the Hansard Society website.
There’s an interesting article in this week’s New Statesman about the life at Westminster for single parent MPs – although there are no official figures, it is thought that the 2017 intake of MPs had the highest ever number of single parents.
The full article is on the New Statesman website.
Did you know that the UK Parliament has a YouTube channel?
As well as subtitled recordings of Prime Minister’s Questions, you can also find House of Commons Library Talks, information about how MPs work, the history of Parliament, and much more.
We only advertise jobs with a political dimension over on w4mpjobs, but this role from the human rights organisation Freedom from Torture may appeal to those who’ve had enough of the corridors of Westminster or a dark constituency office – they are looking for a gardener to work 14 hours a week for them.
The purpose of the role is to develop the National Growth Project horticultural work in line with organic and ecological standards and to shape this work around the main principles of horticultural therapy.
The main activities of the role are to have horticultural oversight of the Isledon Road NGP garden and to assist and support the Project and the project workers
The ideal candidate for the role will have the following qualification and skills:
• Qualification in horticulture e.g. Diploma in Horticulture
• Understanding of gardening as a healing process
• Sound experience of organic gardening
• Experience of working with vulnerable adults in a therapeutic setting
• Experience of supporting others in learning about and carrying out gardening activities
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Saba Stefanos, Manager Adult Team on 02076977827.
Part- Time: 14 hrs/week (preferably Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Job Ref: R-70
Since 1985 Freedom from Torture has been the only UK human rights organization dedicated to treating and supporting torture survivors who seek refuge in the UK. We do this primarily through psychological therapies but also services which document torture forensically, practical legal and welfare support and creative groups.
Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers – as well as thousands of passionate supporters and funders – thousands of torture survivors have been able to rebuild their lives in incredibly difficult circumstances.
Common Vision is looking for Event Volunteers to support an exciting new event series piloting in 2018. MILLENNIFEST (www.millennifest.co.uk) is all about celebrating and inspiring the young leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow. We have a range of amazing speakers confirmed, including high profile politicians from 5 political parties, social activists and entrepreneurs, social media figures and political commentators.
Volunteers will attend one or more of the following events:
- Sheffield: Saturday 12th May
- Birmingham: Saturday 19th May
- Cardiff: Saturday 26th May
- London: Saturday 9th June
You will gain hands-on experience of events planning and delivery, and have
the opportunity to gain new skills, meet the speakers, and contribute to something very cool.
The following experience or interests are desirable but not essential:
- Event organising/ stewarding
- Digital marketing and social media
- Vlogging/ blogging
- Experience of customer service
- Photograohy or videography skills
For further information or to apply to become a volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org