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.

Reporting from Party Conference

DeHavilland, the UK political monitoring service, is seeking freelance writers to attend the Labour, Conservative and SNP conferences this autumn.

They want people to work alongside DeHavilland’s Content team to provide clear and concise written reports of fringe events – typically two to three events per day, subject to scheduling and demand, and will pay £50 per event covered.

You will need:

  • Previous writing experience, such as covering events and providing reports
  • A strong interest in UK politics/journalism
  • An excellent eye for detail and a high standard of written English
  • Willingness to adhere to a house writing style
  • Experience of working to tight deadlines

Ideally, you will already be planning to attend the relevant conference(s), and will have a pass arranged, although fringe events situated outside the ‘secure zone’ will not require this. However, a pass is essential for SNP Conference.

If you’re interested, send a brief CV outlining relevant experience (max 1 page) and a short covering letter (max 1 page), to: mike.indian@dehavilland.co.uk. Please indicate which conference(s) you would like to be considered for in the subject of your email (for example, ‘Party Conference Reporter – Labour Conference’).

You need to tell them whether you have applied for a pass for the relevant conference(s).

Please note: you will need to make all of your own travel, accommodation and conference pass arrangements. DeHavilland is unable to meet the cost of these.

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Journalism traineeship for young people

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has begun to enrol for its free journalism traineeship – SLIK (Stephen Lawrence Installs Knowledge).

SLIK will be starting on the 17th September. They have partnered with London South East Colleges to fund this 12 week traineeship.

The students completing the programme will receive a traineeship qualification on completion of the course. Because of this qualification the students must be 16 – 24 years old and without a level 3 qualification (A level / BTEC equivalent).

This traineeship will improve the chances of a career in journalism through: Offering workshops and training from industry experts and professionals on specific aspects of journalism such as: creative writing, graphic design, investigative journalism and how to use social media effectively.

The workshops will be practical on-the-job training and will improve key employability skills such as: communication, confidence, literacy and producing quality content for our online SLIK.BLOG.

Half of the week will be spent in college completing English and Maths GCSE (if needed). The rest of the week will be spent at our newly reinvented Stephen Lawrence Centre.

For further information or to apply, please email heidi@stephenlawrence.org.uk

Join the Leonard Cheshire Disability Campaign Steering Group

Leonard Cheshire Disability  supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability.

They are looking for 8 – 10 people who are either disabled, or have experience living with disability, to form a new Campaign Steering Group.

The Campaign Steering group will advise their Campaigns Team and ensure all campaigns are rooted in the real experiences of disabled people.

If you are interested in applying for this role please email campaigning@leonardcheshire.org for further details and an application form. They are happy to accommodate access requirements to enable your application and participation.

The full role description can be found on their website at: https://careers.leonardcheshire.org/jobs/vacancy/campaign-steering-group-advisor–02339-head-office—london/2359/description/

Interviews will be held on weeks commencing 6 August and 13 August.

The first meeting of the Campaign Steering Group will be held on 11 September.

W4MP players wanted for successful south London Sunday Football Club, in 20th Anniversary Year​​

Westminster Wanderers Football Club are looking for new players for the upcoming 2018/19 season and beyond.​​
  • Friendly club, welcoming all ages/abilities ​​
  • Weekly training on Battersea Park Astro​​
  • Fixtures played across Tooting (home), Clapham, Wandsworth and Merton ​​
  • Regular competitive 11-a-side football​​
  • The best kits in London amateur football​​
  • Annual tours as far as New York City and Reykjavik​​
  • Regular social events​​
​Westminster Wanderers are a successful Sunday League Football Club playing in and around Wandsworth and Merton. We are looking for new players for the 2018-19 season. ​​​
We want to hear now from players interested in competitive Sunday league football for the next season. We run three 11-a-side teams in the Southern Sunday Football League and have a casual 8-a-side match on Monday evenings. We train regularly and our home ground is on Tooting Common. Our Vet’s side plays friendly fixtures throughout the year in Battersea Park.​​​
We have players from politics, researchers, advisers, public affairs, policy, the civil service, PR, journalism, academia and beyond, and are cross-party. We’re very grateful for the support we’ve had and players we’ve found from W4MP in recent years.​​
We welcome new players – the growth of the club has only come about because we are well organised and attract and retain good players.​ Having been founded in 1999, the upcoming season will be the Wanderers’ 20th anniversary, and we’re aiming for some more silverware in the cabinet.​​
The club will be running training sessions during July and August on Tuesday and Thursday nights – new players are welcome to come to any of these sessions. ​​​
You can see more about Westminster Wanderers in the Southern Sunday Football League pages in the London section of Football Mitoo.  If you are a committed player who wants to be part of a successful club then please contact the Club Chairman Alex Aiken at westminsterwanderers@gmail.com or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/westminsterwanderersfc.​​

MPs who have crossed the floor..

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 papers@parliament.uk with any comments.’