Recruitment for Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme

Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme
Launch of recruitment phase for second year

Hazel Blears MP has welcomed the launch of the recruitment phase for the second year of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme, and urged people from all backgrounds to apply for the chance to work in Parliament.

The cross-party scheme, created by the Salford and Eccles MP, gives people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to spend four days a week working in the office of an MP, and the fifth working in a variety of roles across Parliament to get a better understand of how Parliament works.

The recruitment process is run by the Social Mobility Foundation, and application materials and further information can be found on their

Commenting on the launch of the scheme, Ms Blears said:

“I am delighted to see the launch of the second year of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme. This scheme is important in helping to change the makeup of Parliament and make sure that the people elected to and working in Parliament are more representative of the people that we serve.

“For too long people have been frozen out of politics by the culture of unpaid internships, and this has meant that Parliament has become inaccessible for those who can’t afford to live and work in London for free.

“The scheme challenges that culture by giving interns a fixed wage, support with housing, personal development training and the chance to develop skills for their future – I encourage everyone interested in politics to apply.”

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, added:

“I’m delighted that the first year of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements scheme was so successful, and I am confident that it will continue to go from strength to strength. This scheme opens up Parliament to people who wouldn’t normally have the chance to work here, and is vitally important in helping to make politics more representative of the public as a whole.

“Hazel Blears MP’s work on this is to be applauded, and the cross-party nature of the scheme explains why is has been so successful. I urge people – of all backgrounds – who are interested in politics to apply, and to take advantage of this opportunity to experience work at the heart of British politics.”

For further information please visit

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 30th July.

Lights, Camera, Parliament…

Tell schools in your constituency about Lights, Camera, Parliament!, a competition for budding young filmmakers run by Parliament’s Education Service.


Young people aged 11-16 are invited to submit a short film about what law they would make. Past competition entries have proposed laws from banning size zero models, to tackling bullying and raising the age of army entry to 21.

Finalists are invited to present their films to a panel of judges and will be awarded prizes at a prestigious awards day in Parliament. The final date for entries is 26 March, so there is plenty of time for your schools to get involved.

Download all you need to promote this opportunity to your schools from the ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ intranet page.

Find out more about the competition at or contact the Education Service on x4496.


Fax to Email

Added 23 January 2012

Do you want to be able to access your faxes remotely?

Fed up of junk faxes which waste your paper and ink?

There is a solution: Fax to email.

PICT are able to have your incoming faxes delivered to an email inbox, which you can access via Outlook. It won’t affect the operation of your fax machine and you can still send faxes in the normal manner. You’ll then be able to choose whether or not to print the faxes, delete them, or forward them on to someone.

If you’d like to give fax to email a try, give PICT a call on x2001.

Hansard Society scholars available for placements

This January the Hansard Society is proud to be welcoming to London an exceptional group of overseas Scholars for the forthcoming Spring 2012 Hansard Scholars Programme. Our new Scholars, who have all been hand-picked from top US universities for their academic calibre and enthusiasm, will be studying courses in British politics organised in association with the LSE, taken alongside their political placements in Parliament.

The placement is for three days per week – Tuesdays through Thursdays – from 31 January to 22 March, 2012. If you are interested in taking on one of our highly valued Scholars as an intern in the New Year, please contact see their website for further details. N.B. No expenses whatsoever are incurred by the internship host.