Views of young people wanted on school sports

MPs want to hear the views of young people on school sports following London 2012.

On 26 April the Education Committee launched a short online survey for all young people on its website. The survey will be running until 24 May and you can access it here. It’s very short and won’t take you long.

The Committee will also be starting a Twitter conversation with young people, asking if the Olympics inspired them to do more sport in school.  To reply use #schoolsports.

More information about these initiatives, including a survey for teachers, can be found on Parliament’s website here.

Prorogation, State Opening of Parliament: want to learn more?

What is ‘Prorogation’ and what exactly happens at the State Opening of Parliament?

These links explain all:

Or you can watch the Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod, Lieutenant Colonel Ted Lloyd-Jukes OBE, speaking about the organisation and significance of State Opening. He’s here.

Encouraging enterprise amongst young people – how you can help

Elevation Networks (EN), a youth employment and enterprise charity based in central London, is currently delivering a campaign to encourage enterprise amongst young people to encourage and develop their leadership and employability potential.

As part of this work they are are carrying out primary research into current initiatives that support and promote an enterprise culture amongst young people in the United Kingdom. They are keen to get the views of students and young people to explore how far they have an interest in entrepreneurship and starting their own business.

W4MP would like to encourage you to complete EN’s brief survey. The link can be found here:

The deadline for completing the survey is 17 May.

Want to know more about Elevation Networks? Their website is at

Total Pregnancy Yoga & Conditioning Classes – new time

The time for these classes has changed from morning to afternoon on a Friday.  Here’s the new info:

Every Friday 4-5pm – 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?

Pregnancy is a wonderful and very special time in a women’s life. It can also be a time of fear and anxiety. Birthlight pregnancy yoga is specially adapted for the mum-to-be’s changing body and hormonal balance.

Pregnancy yoga has a host of physical and mental benefits including:

• Toning muscles

• Relieving tension

• Improving circulation which increases blood and oxygen flow to placenta and baby

• Postural awareness and alignment adapted through pregnancy, which helps to encourage optimal fetal positioning

• Opens and stabilizes pelvic joints, to prevent and relieve pelvic pain

• Breath work that balances hormones, focuses mind and encourages relaxation

• Greater strength and flexibility during pregnancy helps make labour easier, faster and less painful

• Stretching and toning of the pelvic floor

• Reduces stress, anxiety and fears surrounding birth and parenthood

• Develops bond between mother and baby before birth

• Builds confidence in birth process and instinctual behaviour

• Balances hormones which can help alleviate and prevent depression.

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 9 – April 2013

The April issue of Commons Monthly came out last week.  Missed it? It’s here.

Commons Monthly – issue 9 includes:

  • Decisions made at the House of Commons Commission
  • Letter from the Speaker on mental health services
  • Parliament Open Day for constituency-based staff (9 July)
  • Parliament Choir performance (15 May)
  • and much more.


Book now for next Open Day at Westminster for Constituency-based staff

Following the success of the Open Day for Members’ staff based in constituencies on 12 March, and in order to meet demand for this highly subscribed event, a further Open Day is being planned for 9 July.

As always, the event will include guided tours, a series of discussions with House staff and an interactive exhibition of services. A provisional programme is available online.

How to book

If you would like to attend the open day please email Laurie Atkinson or Pippa Lansdell at with ‘Open Day July 2013’ in the title and provide the following information:

  • Name of staff member.
  • Contact email and telephone number.
  • Constituency.
  • Preference for tour*: Palace of Westminster or Parliamentary Archives or neither.
  • Access and/or dietary requirements (if any).

*please note that those wishing to partake in a tour are required to register no later than 8.40am.

For further information contact the Central Communications Team on x4801 or by email.

The one after that will be on 5 November 2013, we hear.  Date to be confirmed later.