Working for an MP

A website for everyone working for Members of Parliament.

Updates to the Hotlines List

The Hotlines List was updated on 17 July 2014.  Please go here to see the new information.

Looking to rent a room

Ref: 2579

Looking for a room in a flat in Kennington/Oval, ideal max spend per month is £750 (inc bills) but can be a bit flexible.  Would like to have a double room in a flat with a living room and decent kitchen (outside space an added bonus!)  I’m female and age 30 – don’t mind whether I share with males or females.

Interests are gin, cheese, politics, travel, music.  Hope to move mid-August (again can be flexible).

Look forward to hearing from you!

Contact: simpsonjn@parliament.uk

Room to let

Ref: 2577

Double bedroom available from August/September in 2-bed ground flat in Tooting, a 5 minute walk to Tooting Broadway station, then a 30 minute commute into Westminster station.

The flat benefits from a large living room, modern bathroom, kitchen and a good size south facing garden.

Rent of £550 per month excluding bills around £100 a month.

Sharing with a sociable 27yr old male who used to work for an MP and works in Westminster.  I am keener on it being more a flat share as opposed to being a lodger, for example keen to occasionally cook/eat together, go for drinks etc.

I am happy to include a break clause in May 2015 to time with the General Election.

For further information please get in touch explaining a bit about yourself

Contact: mcloughlinl@parliament.uk

Salary scales for staff of MEPs

See below for latest (April 2014) salary scales for staff of MEPs.  These are monthly figures.

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How to apply for a job with an MP

Right.  It’s that time of year for lots of you W4MP followers out there.

Exams are (nearly) over….waiting for results……thinking of working for an MP, maybe…..what to do next?

Well, you could start by making sure that any application you submit gets the best possible chance of being considered seriously and not just binned.

A couple of years ago we wrote a guide on how to make the very best of your application for a job with an MP.  It is still our most popular guide and always worth reading in detail BEFORE you even start to write your application.

Many of the lessons may seem obvious but we reckon that 5 out of every 6 people applying are STILL sending in applications which stand them no chance of a job.

The guide is here.

By the way, the lessons in that guide will be just as useful to those of you looking to move on to work outside Parliament.  Of course your experience here will look good on your CV but all that will be worth nothing if your application letter is full of howlers!

Oh, good luck by the way!

Parliament’s intranet – your views sought

The Web and Intranet Service are looking for Members and their staff to tell us what they need from Parliament’s intranet.

We’re building on the results of the MySociety report into Parliamentary digital and looking to find out what members most need from an intranet. The Web and Intranet Service are following the lead of the Government Digital Service and addressing users’ needs first.

The intranet needs work to meet the needs of members of both houses as well as staff and to do this we’re going to start with Commons Members.

We want to talk to as many MPs and members’ staff as we can, either in groups or individually. Sessions will last no longer than 40 mins.

We will be running sessions to talk to constituency staff on the constituency open day in July.

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Truelove in the Web and Intranet Service

Do you have any new hotline numbers?

Our list of Hotline Numbers is one of the most-used W4MP services.

Do you (or your organisation) have any MP hotline numbers that aren’t on our list?

We often get people emailing us to ask if we have hotline numbers for various organisations or Government departments, and the simple answer is “if it’s not on the list, then sorry, but we don’t have it”.

However, it’d be really great if you’d let us know any that we don’t already have, so that we can let other MPs and their staff know about them.

The last year of the Parliament

On July 9 the Hansard Society is holding an event looking at the critical topics facing Parliament in the year ahead. They note that “speculation is rife that the coalition may end early if political tensions between the parties escalate after party conference season and in the run up to the election. But whatever the outcome – whether they stick or split – this last year of the Parliament could be very different thanks to the Fixed Term Parliaments Act”.


Join constitutional expert Lord Norton, BBC parliamentary correspondent Mark D’Arcy, polling expert Deborah Mattinson of BritainThinks, and the Hansard Society’s Director, Ruth Fox, to debate the issues and challenges that lie ahead in this new, uncharted political territory.
 

When and where?

6:45pm, Wednesday 9th July in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House.

 

If you want to attend, register here.

Room to let

Ref: 2576

I am renting my room in London for 2 months in July and August (beginning of August). It is a lovely room in a house in Hackney with 4 wonderful people. VERY reasonable rent and a bike you can use.

Please don’t hesitate to drop me an email if you are interested.  Contact: kelley.ireland@parliament.uk

Changes to Training Provision for Staff

From Tuesday 1 July 2014, the Commons Learning & Development team will be responsible for the learning, development and training of Members’ staff, both in the regions and at Westminster. There will be classroom events available, as well as online learning through the Parliamentary learning system, Act.

The team are currently gathering learning needs through a series of focus groups and questionnaires at events such as the Constituency days in Westminster and the Regional Roadshows. This will allow them to plan a 12 month programme starting in September 2014. In the meanwhile:

An email will be sent to staff on Tuesday 1 July 1 to give you access to Act. From this, you will be able to book onto classroom training and access e-learning modules; and

An interim programme has been planned to run from Tuesday 1 July – Friday 12 September. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please let the team know. See it here.

Learning and Development in August

Please let the Learning and Development team know if you would be interested in attending training during August and if yes, what courses should be included.

For booking onto training courses, please contact the Learning and Development team by email (learninganddevelopment@parliament.uk), or on 0207 219 5144.

 

If you would like further information or advice and would like to speak to speak to someone directly, please contact Genna Mohammed,mohammedg@parliament.uk or 0207 219 1422.