Working for an MP

A website for everyone working for Members of Parliament.

Room to Rent

Ref: 2581

Young professional couple (28 y/o) looking for a friendly person to join us in our new flat.  We are both laid back and easy going and we’re hoping to find a like-minded person to live with us.

About us:

We’re really sociable, friendly people who like to spending time with our friends, going out at the weekend or going for a drink after work. We equally enjoy chilling out at home with a glass of wine in front of Game of Thrones or inviting people over for a meal.

Both clean and tidy people (but not clean-freaks!), and respect people’s space and down time.

We both work in politics (but we’re not stuffy, opinionated or judgmental types!), one in events and the other in public affairs.

Ottilie likes cooking and baking, TV box-set marathons, going to gigs and comedy, reading, sunny park vibes and generally being out and about exploring London with friends.

I’m into all of the above and love music (I’ve got some decks that I rarely use sadly). I’m also a smoker but not indoors and trying to quit.

Ideally, we would like to have found someone by 7th August at the latest so will be meeting up with people over this week and into the next. If you think you like the sound of us and would potentially like to live with us, get in touch!

The specifics:

We’re looking at 2-bed flats now and will move between 1 – 7 September. We’re currently looking at a fairly broad area as we want to get the best quality place we can for what we are looking to spend. Areas include: Camden (inc. Tufnell Park/ Chalk Farm/ Kentish Town) Brixton & Clapham; Kennington & Oval; Mile End & Bow.

As we’re looking at flats now, if we find the right place we will sign, but if we find you sooner, even better!

Rent will be between 700 – 750 p/m excluding bills. We like to live with professionals please, as students aren’t obligated to pay council tax. We’re also looking for one person, not a couple to join us as we’ve both been in big houses up to now and would like to enjoy more space.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to getting to know you!

Dom & Ottilie


Laptop for Sale

Ref: 2580

I have a brand new Acer laptop which I’m looking to sell.  Never turned on. RRP £250 – happy to sell for £200.  Enquiries welcome.

See below for device specifications:

Acer Aspire E1-532-29554G50Mnkk (NX.MFVEK.001)
Intel Celeron Dual Core 1.40GHz (2955U)
4096MB DDR3 (4GB) RAM
1.0MP webcam
SD Card Reader
15.6 inch1366x768 screen
Windows 8



Updates to the Hotlines List

The Hotlines List was updated on 25 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!


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


Salary scales for staff of MEPs

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





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.