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Trial of Thomas Mair – advice on contempt of court

The Shadow Attorney General has written to Labour MPs offering legal guidance around public statements during the trial of Thomas Mair, and we thought it would be useful to share with all staff. Read the whole letter Contempt of Court Advice

Remembering Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox was a great woman, an effective Parliamentarian, a committed constituency MP, a loving wife and mother, and a friend to so many people. Her murder has shocked us all, and our sympathy is with her family, staff, colleagues and friends. The analysis and search for an explanation for what happened continues, with much reflection about the corrosive nature of our polarised political environment; the impact of a social media sphere where racism, sexism, homophobia and hate speech run unchecked; and of course the…

Personal Security

We at w4mp are shocked to learn that Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen has died from her injuries after having been attacked outside her advice surgery this afternoon.  We offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends at this awful time. This is a sad reminder that we all need to be alert and aware of our security, and we strongly recommend that you take a few minutes to read our post here: and also the security advice on the Parliamentary intranet: Security…

UK Facing Digital Skills Crisis

The Science and Technology Committee has published a report warning that the UK risks being left behind if the Government does not take more action to address the digital skills crisis. Report: Digital skills crisis Report: Digital skills crisis (PDF 712.83 KB) Inquiry: Digital skills Science and Technology Committee The report finds that 12.6 million adults in the UK lack basic digital skills; 5.8 million people have never used the internet; only 35% of computer teachers in schools have a relevant degree and 30% of…

New edition of HMRC Booklet

The booklet ‘Help for you and your constituents’, which offers MPs advice and contacts for working with HM Revenue and Customs, has been updated. If you have a copy, or would like one, please email us at from your Parliamentary email address.  

POSTnote: Addressing Islamic Extremism

    The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has recently published a POSTnote on Addressing Islamic Extremism which looks at Islamic extremism, radicalisation and deradicalisation, and the policy responses to violent and non-violent extremism. Tell POST what you think If you wish to leave feedback on any of POST publications, please complete this short survey, which will provide them with valuable feedback for future publications.

Staff seminars fully booked

We’ve listed some staff seminars on our listings page.  Three of the advertised sessions are now full up. “Working on how to support an All-Party Parliamentary Group” on Tuesday 7 June “Keeping on the right side of the rules” on Wednesday 15 June AND Tuesday 28 June

RESOLVED: Outlook and Mobile Device Problems – Monday 16 May

10:50am – The problems with Outlook and mobile device connections have now been resolved. 9:15 am – You may be experiencing some problems with Outlook and mobile device connections to the email service this morning. PDS are working on it, and will get it up and running properly as soon as possible. In the meantime, you should be able to access email and calendar facilities via the web browser at

New guides to Internships

We have published two new guides to internships, one for people who would like to work as an intern in an MP’s office, the other for those lucky people who get to manage them once they’re in place Both are available in The Library Managing an Internship in Your Office Working as an Intern

Apply to join IPSO’s reader’s panel.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is inviting applications from members of the public that read newspapers and magazines and who have an interest in how they are regulated. IPSO is very keen to have as diverse a group as possible involved in its work, so applications are positively sought from people of all ages and from minority communities, who may not have considered working with a regulator in the past. The panel will meet three times a year to discuss IPSO’s work and approach…