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NEWS from the w4mp channel, relevant to everyone working in Parliament.

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 1 July 2015.  Please go here to see the new information.

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Recess dates – updated

The House of Commons Recess Dates have been updated to February 2016, and can be viewed on the Internet here: Recess Dates

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Towards 2020 and Beyond – a new POSTnote

Read Towards 2020 and Beyond This note focuses on policy drivers leading towards 2020 and beyond. It looks at the relationship between UK policy and the following drivers: people (demographics), technological change, climate change, resource security and sustainability, inequality, and governance issues. If you wish to leave feedback on any POSTnotes, please complete this short survey, which will provide them with valuable feedback for future publications. POST also runs fellowships for PhD researchers and events.

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Regional Open Days for Staff

The House of Commons Service regularly holds regional open days for constituency staff throughout the United Kingdom. About the events The days include: an overview of the services that the House provides a focus on the services that constituency staff have said matter most to them – access to digital services, learning & development, and the Library an opportunity to meet some House staff and ask questions, and to meet other neighbouring constituency staff information on office security and contact information information from IPSA and…

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How HMRC can help you to help your constituents

HMRC have produced a very helpful booklet, explaining how they can help you to help your constituents. If you would like a copy of this booklet sending to you by email, please let us know. *** Please note that we are only able to send this to current MPs and their staff with intranet email accounts.  It is not available to members of the public.

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Would you like to be a Case Study?

Would you like to share your experience of what it’s like to work for an MP? Graduate Prospects is looking for case studies to accompany the Politician’s assistant job profile on the Prospects website (www.prospects.ac.uk). Ideally you will be a graduate who qualified within the last five years, but non-graduates will also be considered. The process of providing a case study is straightforward, you will answer a set of questions via email and they will be put into the case study format. You will be…

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Rewriting, reworking and updating w4mp guides

Over the last fifteen years (!) w4mp has built up an extensive library of guides for staff,  and keeping them up to date is a major undertaking. We are looking for help to review existing guides and write new ones – ideally written by those who are involved in casework, research etc. If you’d like to help, email editor@w4mp.org – we pay for editorial work. Here are the current guides   Image: Stosy kawałków kartonu w fabryce papieru w Chojnowie (Polska). Piles of cardboard scraps at paper factory…

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Looking for Great Tom

According to an article in today’s Observer a planed excavation of Westminster might uncover Great Tom, Big Ben’s renowned medieval predecessor. The article notes that ‘the original tower was built around 1288 during the reign of Edward I, a little further from the river than the current tower, which was built in 1859 and is officially called the Elizabeth Tower – though in the public imagination it is firmly identified with its 16-tonne bell. Parliament officials have granted permission for the small-scale dig on the old site in…

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Do you have any updates to the Hotlines List?

We are going to update the Hotlines List shortly. If you have any updates for us, or any new hotline numbers to give to us, please do let us know by completing the feedback form so that we can add them to the list.  Thanks.

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House of Lords sits on Monday 18 May

After the 2015 General Election, the House of Lords will meet on Monday 18 May and Tuesday 19 May 2015. The House of Lords meets ahead of the State Opening of Parliament for members of the Lords to take the oath or affirmation. Members are also required to sign an undertaking to abide by the House of Lords Code of Conduct as part of the swearing-in procedure. The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Wednesday 27 May 2015. State Opening marks the formal start of the parliamentary year and the Queen’s Speech sets…

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