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2015 Year Here Fellowship

We’ve received the following from the nice people at Year Here… The Year Here Fellowship is an ambitious, creative and rigorous 8-month course in social innovation. As a Fellow, you’ll build brilliant solutions to social problems supported by a world-leading network including Citizens UK, FutureGov, Bain & Company and the Cabinet Office. We’re looking for bright grads who are serious about making society better.   If selected, you will: Serve in tough frontline roles. Your first four months will be spent in homeless shelters, care homes and community centres…

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Liberteas: Celebrate 800 Years of Magna Carta

To coincide with the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta the Houses of Parliament and the National Trust are asking the nation to take a moment to celebrate, debate and reflect on those liberties which we can very often take for granted but which people throughout history have campaigned to make happen or fought to preserve.   LiberTeas, will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 14 June at 3pm and will be the only national commemorative celebration of the sealing of Magna Carta.   Magna…

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Adam Dant appointed as Election Artist

The House of Commons has selected artist Adam Dant as the nation’s official Election Artist, commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art to document the processes and outcomes of the 2015 General Election. He will travel around the United Kingdom observing electioneering in the run up to polling day and some of his initial sketches will be shared on parliamentary social media channels during the election period. His final, completed work will join the Parliamentary Art Collection later in 2015. Adam Dant…

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Outlook not working?

Many users are unable to open Outlook this morning; it just hangs at the ‘loading profile’ splash screen. PICT are aware of the problem and are working on it, so please be patient.

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Dissolution Guidance Updated

The Dissolution page has been updated to show the  guidance from HMRC and UKVI in relation to casework.  You can read that information here:

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Collecting CVs of Parliamentary Candidates

Democracy Club has set up a website where they are collecting CVs from as many candidates as possible, and it may be something you want to check out. They point out that sending a CV is usually the very first step of a job application, and believe that it should also be the first step when people apply to become an MP. Full details over at Democracy Club CV – and you can upload your member’s CV there if they are up for it.

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Register to vote by 20 April!

The deadline for registering to vote in the general election taking place in May is approaching. If you wish to vote, you must be registered by Monday 20 April 2015, meaning there are now just four weeks left to register. You can register online on the UK Government website or complete a registration form and return to your local Electoral Registration Office by post. Find out more: How do I register to vote? The deadlines for applying for a postal vote (Tuesday 21 April) and…

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Understanding the darknet: POSTnote

A very small proportion of websites use sophisticated anonymity systems, which allow their operators to conceal their identity if they wish to. This part of the web is commonly referred to as the darknet. The darknet helps citizens to protect their security and privacy and to circumvent censorship. It also facilitates organised crime, such as the billion dollar drug market known as Silk Road. This POSTnote discusses the challenge of preventing such crimes without compromising the other uses of anonymity technologies. The Parliamentary Office of…

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Dissolution – everything you need to know

Dissolution is almost upon us.  Are you ready for it?  Do you know what you need to do?  Don’t leave it until it’s too late, find out now. The Dissolution of Parliament will take place on Monday 30 March 2015.  w4mp has written two guides to help you prepare for the upheaval which inevitably comes with Dissolution: The first one gives a general overview of what you can expect to happen: The second provides links to the definitive advice from IPSA and PICT: If you have…

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Teaching teachers about Parliament…

Teachers’ Institute: 29 June – 3 July 2015 The Education Service will be hosting the next Teachers’ Institute residential course in Westminster, 29 June – 3 July 2015, and applications are now open.  The Teachers’ Institute is a unique professional development opportunity, enabling teachers to experience Parliament in action during an informative, interactive and unforgettable week based at the Houses of Parliament. Transport and accommodation costs are covered for all delegates, and applications are welcome from teachers and other professionals working with children aged 7-18 across Citizenship, Politics, Law,…

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