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Can you unlock Parliament?

The life of a bag-carrier or researcher might seem to be entirely dedicated to the task of unlocking the mysteries of Parliament, but now there’s a new way to test your skills –  ‘Unlock Parliament’, a brand new immersive experience at Westminster. The mysterious ‘Agent N’ will set you a series of puzzles and other clues …

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Biggest ever Parliament Week!

UK Parliament Week 2017 was the biggest to date.  In total, 4596 activities took place across the country during UK Parliament Week and over 360,000 people participated in some way. There was at least one event in every single UK Parliament constituency with an average of 7. All of this was made possible by the partnerships that we’ve spent almost a …

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Independent Survey on Harassment and Bullying

We have heard from the cross-party Working Group currently looking into harassment and bullying in Parliament. The survey they will be conducting is an important way to gather information in confidence about the current situation, and we encourage you to complete it when it is posted. w4mp team. In light of the stories of harassment …

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Electrical Tests in Palace of Westminster

Electrical testing will take place in the Palace of Westminster  Sunday 26 November, Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 December, beginning at 8am and ending at 5pm on each day. There will be multiple short power outages during each day. All electrical services will be affected during these outages. If you work in the Palace you should …

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Staff training course updates

We have published course dates for staff training on the Training page. Training offered by Learning and Development is free for Members’ staff to attend, the only cost from your end would be travel and accommodation. However these costs can be claimed back through IPSA. Courses offered have been designed to develop and build skills in …

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“Should we be free to hate?” – ECPMF’s young writer competition

“Should we be free to hate?” – ECPMF’s young writer competition ‘1000 words for freedom’ Darth Vader is a hater. For sure. Hate is where his strength and power comes from. His symbol is the death star. Okay, it‘s fiction. Classic science fiction, actually. In our world, the real world, most of the haters can …

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House of Commons Shops: special events for passholders

The Retail Team have been in touch to tell us about some special offers for Members’ Staff in the House of Commons shops over the coming festive period. They are offering   10% discount on Tue Nov 14th, 21st, 28th. On  Dec 6th There is a  Christmas Fayre in Westminster Hall with chance to sample some of their …

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It’s UK Parliament Week

UK Parliament Week 2017 starts today! Find out more at https://www.ukparliamentweek.org If you’re in Westminster, there will be a lot of activity  in Portcullis House and Westminster Hall throughout the week.  Have a look at what’s happening near you, this year’s  festival highlights,  and don’t forget to tweet using the hashtag #UKPW17.

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Health Assured Newsletter for November

Every month Health Assured, who are the Parliamentary Health Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider,  send out a newsletter to staff. This month’s is now online. In it you’ll find features about Movember -, a report on this year’s National Stress Awareness day, and an article about Armistice Day and its significance. Read the November Newsletter (PDF)

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Disability and mental health awareness and information for MPs and their staff

The Commons Diversity and Inclusion team has a very useful resource for MPs and their staff on dealing with disability and mental health issues encountered when conducting their work either at Parliament or in their constituencies. In conjunction with RADAR, they have published a comprehensive guide, which can be found on the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/employment/house-of-commons/equality-diversity-respect/disability/understanding-disabilities-information-for-mps-and-staff/ It contains …

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