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Parliament Week drop in session, 8 September

This year’s UK Parliament Week will take place from 14-20 November 2016. Preparations are now in full swing, but we need your help. This is your chance to get constituents more involved in Parliament. The UK Parliament Week project team are hosting an informal drop-in session with refreshments on 8 September in Portcullis House, Room Q, from 12-4pm where you’ll be invited to: Collect an information pack  about UK Parliament Week Fill out your resource request form Find out if there are events registered in your constituency…

‘Weiner’ screening and Q&A (London)

‘Weiner’ screening and Q&A – The State of Politics Today 18th August, 1845. In partnership with Dogwoof films, the Political Studies Association (PSA) presents a screening and Q&A session on Weiner – a provocative documentary film providing a sharp insight into the downfall of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. The FREE screening at House of Vans London will be followed by a debate led by PSA Vice-Chair Professor Rosie Campbell on the state of politics today and what it means to be a politician in…

Summer Tips for IT Services

The Parliamentary Digital Service has kindly offered some advice for maintaining consistent, simple and relatively secure access to your Parliamentary IT services over the summer recess. Easier access to your services via Microsoft 365 Thanks to Microsoft 365, you can access your email and calendar in the following ways: 1.       On any Parliamentary supplied laptop or desktop connected to the internet, just open Outlook. 2.       On any computer or tablet, go to office.com, click ‘Sign In’ at the top-right corner of the screen, and enter your normal username,…

Commemorating the Great Fire of London, 1666

A display by the Parliamentary Archives about the Great Fire of London will open on September 2 in the  Norman Porch, House of Lords. You can see an online exhibition about the fire on the Parliamentary Archives website.  

What it’s like to work for an MP: Video

Last November 2015 the Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London hosted a Perspectives on Parliament event about the real life of MPs’ staff. Janet Walker, Chief of Staff to Tom Tugendhat MP,  gave a candid insight into what it is really like ‘in the thick of it’, discussing the trials and tribulations faced by MPs staff and the vital skills they need to succeed. Perspectives on Parliament events give an insight into Parliament’s people, processes, offices, history and culture. They will also give an…

PIL Survey

The Parliament and Constitution centre (PCC) of the House of Commons Library is currently undertaking a project to review the Parliamentary Information Lists (PILs). PILs are compiled by the House of Commons Library to provide reference information/data on a number of topics including bills, committees, debates, divisions, the House of Commons, Parliament and procedure. The aim of the project is to see how relevant the lists are and how user friendly they are in light of the different technologies available to view and receive information about…

Written questions and Departmental responsiveness

 The House of Commons Procedure Committee has published its latest report monitoring the timeliness of Departments in answering written questions from MPs. Read the report conclusions Read the full report: Monitoring of written Parliamentary questions: progress report for Session 2015-16 Monitoring of performance The Committee has found a general increase in the performance of departments across the board. Nine in ten standard questions for written answer are now answered within five sitting days, while over eight in ten priority questions are answered on the day the MP…

MPs’ schools guide survey: Please complete

Parliament’s Education Service are producing a short guide for MPs to use when visiting schools and talking to young people. To help them produce a guide that best reflects the needs of MPs, they would appreciate you taking a moment to complete this short survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/KMIN1/  

Sign up for Care Quality Commission Alerts

The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. If you want to stay up to date with the latest health and social care inspections in your constituency, then sign up for their email alerts, and they will send you an email once a week with the details of their activity in your area, including: services they have started inspecting new inspection reports they’ve published. Where they’ve published a new report, you’ll be able to click on a link in the email to…

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Full List of Ministerial Appointments

The full list of Ministerial apppointments has been published. To save you a click (or tap)… Her Majesty’s Government – July 2016 Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service Rt Hon Theresa May MP** HM Treasury Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP** Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rt Hon David Gauke MP*** Financial Secretary – Jane Ellison MP Economic Secretary – Simon Kirby MP† Commercial Secretary – Lord O’Neill of Gatley* Home Office Secretary…