Daily Update 06/04/2020

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The Prime Minister was hospitalised over the weekend due to Coronavirus. Politicians across the political spectrum wished the Prime Minister a speedy recovery. His office has given no indication of when he should expect to be discharged. Despite his illness Boris Johnson continues to run the government from hospital. 

The death toll increased by 441 today, the lowest daily increasing for almost a week, bringing the death toll to 5,373. 

In the daily press briefing the Secretary of State Dominic Raab stood in place of the Prime Minister. In his briefing he stood by the government’s commitment to increase testing and pointed out that over 208,000 tests had currently taken place. The government’s target is 100,000 tests per day by the end of April.

The new leader of the Labour Party Sir Keir Starmer unveiled his shadow cabinet. The selections, which saw the ex-Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband return to the shadow cabinet as Shadow Business Secretary, has been viewed as a move towards the centre-left. 

Things to do…

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Ok, so as fun and rewarding as your job may be you can’t, and you shouldn’t, spend all of your time occupied by with work. Trying to avoid work can be especially hard when you’re spending so much time at home. But, have no fear, W4MP comes to you with a solution! Below are a list of fun activities to keep you busy, keep you thinking, and keep you sane. 

Online Activities to keep you busy offline during the lockdown

Here are some activities that we think will help you stay busy during the lockdown.

Fitness and Exercise

  • If you’re missing the gym, or want to get into exercise for the first time, then P.E with JOE is probably the best place to start. Joe offers a really wide array of online classes that are suited to people of all abilities.
  • If you’re looking for something a bit more structured, then maybe online yoga is for you. Yoga with Adriene varies from soft and gentle to thoroughly exhausting.

Cooking

  • There are two kinds of people during a lockdown. People making sourdough and people struggling to find flour. If you’re in the former camp then Breadahead’s online baking course is for you. Live at 2pm (GMT) everyday on Instagram live, Breadahead teaches you how to make a wide variety of loaves from Focaccia to Ciabatta.

Hobbies

  • Knitting is a wonderful hobby to pickup during these strange times. Meditative, calming and you get a jumper at the end. Arne and Carlos’ brilliant knitting youtube channel is a great place to go if you want to get started but don’t know how.

Time Limited Online Classical Music, Theatre, and Ballet

With so much time being spent at home its easy to forget about all the fun, enriching and inspiring things we used to love seeing and listening to outside of the house. Luckily, theatre, ballet, and classical music are not a thing of the past because, thanks to the magic of technology, world leading performances are now just a click away. Here’s list of fun, interesting and entertaining cultural events that you can check in on during the lockdown. We’ll be updating them regularly, so please feel free to contact us with suggestions 

  • Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre is streaming all of their opera and ballet performances on YouTube
  • The National Theatre will be streaming plays live on YouTube every Thursday from 4th April.
  • The MET Opera in New York will be streaming live every day through their membership app. Recordings will be a available for 24 hours from 7.30pm EDT to 6.30am (11:30pm to 10:30am GMT)
  • The Royal Opera House is offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts available on demand, for free, via the their Facebook and YouTube channels.
Theatre Opera and BalletBaking
National Theatre: One Man, Two Guvnors
7pm Thursday 2nd April
The Royal Opera: Così fan tutte, 2010 – 10 April 2020, 7pm BSTChocolate Chip American Cookies 08/04/2020
National Theatre: Jane Eyre Thursday 9 April at 7pm.The Royal Ballet: The Metamorphosis, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm BSTAmeretti - 09/04/2020
Hot Cross Buns - 10/03/2020

Daily Update 02/04/2020

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The death toll in the UK increased once again to 569, setting another record. There have now been 2,921 deaths as a result of Covid-19. 

Concerns remain around the government’s lack of testing for NHS staff. However, the government has stood by their commitment to increase testing throughout the population, promising to have 100,000 tests a day by the end of April. 

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock took to the podium to give the daily Coronavirus update after self-isolating since the 27th March. 

Further support was also promised to the NHS in the form of a £13.4 billion write-off of NHS debt. In addition to this debt relief additional support was also given to the health sector in the form of a £300 million made available to community pharmacies to support their business. 

In party political news, the Labour leadership elections came to an end today. Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancreas, is largely expected to win. 

Wikipedia/Wikidata for new and returning MPs

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As soon as the first election results were announced on 12 December, Wikipedians – the volunteers who write and edit Wikipedia – sprang into action, updating Wikipedia’s articles about the election itself, about every individual constituency, and about every single MP.

The volunteers also added data, including for example MPs’ websites, Twitter names and Facebook profiles, to Wikipedia’s younger sister project, Wikidata. That’s a database that provides online, queryable data (linked open data, in technical jargon) that is used to populate Wikipedia articles.

MPs staff are able to update Wikipedia and Wikidata, as long as they follow the guidelines for the sites. If you would like to do this then you may want to refer to our guides

New visual identity for House of Commons

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News on the Parliament website that the House of Commons has updated its corporate visual identity to ensure it is accessible, in particular on digital platforms and mobile devices.

The updates include an updated rendering of the Crowned Portcullis symbol that works effectively at all sizes in digital environments, and follows the changes developed for the award-winning UK Parliament visual identity launched in 2018.

Alongside the updated version of the House of Commons wordmark, the identity includes an extensive colour palette, icons, illustrations and templates.

Two highly accessible typefaces, National and Register, have also been selected for their excellent legibility in digital and print environments.  The decision to adopt them was based on guidance from the British Dyslexia Association and the Digital Accessibility Centre.

The first corporate publication to feature the updated branding was the House of Commons Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19, which is available via the UK Parliament website.

New home for alt.guides

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Parliament is a serious place, and the Palace of Westminster and constituency offices are filled with hard-working, dedicated professionals engaged in the important business of running the country.  Yet even the most committed need time for rest and recuperation, space to kick back and unwind, and opportunities to take a sideways look at their workplace, employers and even their political masters.

For many years we’ve published a range of material  for staff who are looking for something less serious and rather more entertaining than the average guide to best practice.

Now they have their own home, along with an archive of our much-loved Hoby cartoons – over at http://alt.w4mp.org/

We hope you enjoy these guides as much as we do.

New Customer Services Hub

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A new Customer Services Hub will open in the Members’ Centre in Portcullis House at 09:00 on Tuesday 4 September 2018.

It will include the Procedural Hub, the Library, the Parliamentary Digital Service, a General House Services enquiry and help desk, as well as charging lockers.

As the Derby Gate Library will be closing at 5pm on Monday 3 September to allow works to take place, some Library services will be made available in the Customer Services Hub.

Please see the intranet for full details: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2018/august/changes-to-the-pch-members-centre/

W4MP privacy notice

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As you’re no doubt aware, both from the deluge of emails from mysterious organisations asking you to ‘reconfirm’ their permission to deluge you with unwanted missives, or your own attempts to come to terms with the implications for the office filing system, the General Data Protection Regulations come into force in UK  law on May 25.

You can read more on the Information Commissioner’s website.

We do hold some personal data in order to deliver w4mp and w4mpjobs, and have a privacy policy which explains what we hold and what we do. We don’t have any mailing lists and hold things like names and addresses of advertisers in order to provide our service.

If you have any questions then contact editor@w4mp.org