Total Pregnancy Yoga & Conditioning Classes

Every Friday 9.30am-10.30am

Westminster Gym Studio, 1 Canon Row

These are open to staff at Westminster, including staff of MPs.

6 weekly classes cost £24 or a course of 10 weekly sessions cost £40.00.  First class is free!

What can I expect?

Exercise during pregnancy is important as it helps assist the expectant mother’s health throughout their pregnancy. This class will offer a safe environment, under the guidance of a qualified instructor. You will be guided through stretching and relaxation, strength and cardiovascular conditioning.

The class will run for 1 hour. The beginning of the class will allow for a 10 minute health screening. Please stay after the class for refreshments.

Exercising while Pregnant FAQ

Can I attend if I’m heavily pregnant?

Until your tenth week of pregnancy, you can attend regular classes, but you must inform the teacher, as some poses should be avoided. Between 10 and 14 weeks, you shouldn’t attend classes, however experienced you are.

Do I need prior experience?

If you are from 14 to 28 weeks pregnant, you do not need to have previous exercise experience before. After 28 weeks, you can only join classes if you have prior exercise experience.

What else should I bear in mind?

If you have any existing medical condition (knee pain, neck pain, high blood pressure etc) you should consult your doctor before attending the class. If you have a health problem, come 5-10 minutes early to talk to Tania the instructor before the class.

If your baby is in an unusual position, you must inform the instructor before taking part in the class.

What should I wear to class?

You should wear comfortable loose clothing that allows teachers to see your body, including your feet and legs. Most students wear leggings or shorts.

When should I stop practising?

Most women can practise up to the last week of their pregnancy.

To book a place please contact: Jo Fletcher x2948 or email her directly at

Westminster Gym and the House of Commons Nursery


Commons Monthly issue 7 now available

Commons Monthly, the monthly enewsletter for Members of the House, is now available online.

Commons Monthly – issue 7 includes:

  • House of Commons Commission Bulletin
  • ParliReach – a new workplace equality network for Parliament
  • catering promotions
  • events
  • and much more.

A printed version is available to Members who would prefer to receive the newsletter in hardcopy.

Commons Library on Twitter

Would you like to like to have quick and easy access to all the latest briefing and research papers of a topical interest for MPs and their staff?  Of course you would.

In case you haven’t already spotted it, the Commons Library have a Twitter account which can be viewed at:

W4MP have always said that the Library is your best friend in Parliament. Although the Library can trace its root back nearly 200 years, it doesn’t mean the Library isn’t focused on the needs of Parliamentarians today. Try them and see!


Is your school involved in Parliament Week – 15-21 November 2013?

MPs and Staff –  are schools in your constituency taking part in Parliament Week – 15-21 November 2013? Here’s the home page.

Teachers and students – how about you? Signed up yet? Whether you hold a debate, watch a film screening or simply get talking about Parliament, politics and democracy, there are lots of ways to get involved in Parliament Week this year. All the information you need is here.

Plan for Parliament Week and beyond. Here below are some more links to specific activities:

Click here to sign up to receive all the latest Parliament Week news and event information via the e-news updates.

Parliament’s on-site daycare nursery.

Work at Westminster and looking for nursery care for your children?

Here’s what is on offer:

  • Children aged 3 months to 5 years welcome
  • Qualified and friendly staff
  • Outstanding Ofsted rating for partnership with parents
  • Modern and secure facility with a wide range of resources
  • Balanced and healthy meals available
  • Pre-school education meeting Early Years Foundation requirements
  • All childcare vouchers accepted














If you fit one of these categories:

  • House of Commons Members and Staff,
  • House of Commons and PICT employees,
  • House of Lords Peers and Staff,
  • Press Gallery Media Pass Holders,
  • Whitehall Parliamentary Pass Holders and
  • Contractors situated on the Parliamentary Estate.

…..then here are the people to contact:



Dr Bike Surgery – next one Wed 13 Feb

9.30 – 11.30pm on Wednesday 13 February in State Officers’ Court (near Chancellor’s Gate), House of Lords

These cycle maintenance sessions offer you a free bike check and will carry out simple repairs.

Further information:

Dr Bike offers you a free bike check and will carry out simple repairs (pay only for parts if required).

These cycle maintenance sessions are run by Cycle Systems. If your bike requires more serious repair you will be advised.

These sessions are held on a monthly basis on Wednesdays between 9.30-11.30am.

No bookings are required it is on a first come first served basis and if there is a queue you can leave your bike and collect it before 11.30am. Please be prepared to leave a contact number, a representative of the Parliamentary Bicycle User Group (PBUG) will take your details.

The event is organised by the PBUG with assistance from the All Party Cycling Group (external website).

New dates for the Dr Bike sessions have now been arranged- please see details below.

  • 13th February
  • 13th March
  • 17th April

The Met Police will also be on hand at each Dr Bike session to provide cycle coding – a free, high-tec service.

Remember, if you need to get your tyres to the right pressure or make some mechanical adjustments, there are three ‘track’ pumps and multi-tools located at bike parking points on the estate – free for all to use. (In State Officers Court, Star Chamber Court and Norman Shaw North).

Are you a Hoby fan?

This month’s cartoon is Hoby’s fifty-somethingth for W4MP and we know he has a lot of fans out there.

You can see other recent ones here and there’s a link on that page to the whole lot.

Want to see more of his work?  It’s at

Constituency staff open day Tuesday 12 March

9.30 – 15.00; Attlee Suite, 1st floor, Portcullis House.

There are only a few places remaining at the constituency staff open day in March. The day includes a session of talks from House representatives and an exhibition of House services plus an opportunity to network with other Members’ staff.

Further information here on the intranet.

Parliament’s Education Service has a lot to offer

Parliament’s Education Service works with schools and Members of both Houses of Parliament to support young people in developing their understanding of Parliament and democracy.  You can see more at:

As well as information about arranging visits, their website has lots of online resources including games, videos, newsletter, and much more.


Parliament’s Education Service aims to:

  • inform young people about the role, work and history of Parliament through educational visits, tours, publications and outreach
  • engage young people to understand the relevance of Parliament and democracy today through active learning
  • empower young people to get involved by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to take part.

To achieve this, they offer resources and support for students and teachers including:

  • an exciting range of visit programmes catered to learning needs
  • an outreach programme, including events and training for teachers
  • online, print and DVD classroom resources on the work of Parliament.

Their services are free and have been designed to support the political literacy and citizenship education requirements of the national curricula in the United Kingdom.