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Urgent – Training for Members’ Staff

There are some training courses which have been arranged specifically for Members’ staff, for which there have been very few bookings so far.  If numbers do not significantly increase, they will have to be cancelled.

If you would like to reserve a place on any of the courses listed below please let Genna Mohammed know by close of play on Tuesday 21 October.  She can be reached on ext. 1422 or at learninganddevelopment@parliament.uk

 

Mental Health Awareness

– 20 November 2014, 10.00 – 16.30 (London)

– 9 December 2014, 10.00 – 16.30 (Birmingham)

 

Welfare Benefits

– 13 & 14 November 2014, 9.30 – 16.30 (York) 2 day course

 

Personal Independence Payments

– 4 November 2014, 9.30 – 16.30 (Manchester)

– 4 December 2014, 9.30 – 16.30 (London)

 

Deaf Awareness

– 19 November 2014, 9.30 – 12.30 (London)

Updates to the Hotlines List – 21 Oct

The Hotlines List was updated on 21 October.  Please go here to see the new information.

Address by President of Republic of Singapore

The President of the Republic of Singapore, during his State Visit, will address Members of both Houses of Parliament onTuesday 21 October between 4.30pm – 5.25pm in the Queen’s Robing Room. 

Members, Members’ Staff and Staff of both Houses are also welcome to attend.

No tickets are required; attendees are requested to arrive no later than 4.20pm.

 

Room in Chelsea Family Home

Ref: 2594

Room available in Chelsea Family Home. Shared use of kitchen , conservatory, roof garden . etc. Excellent communications with Westminster. £650 per month inclusive. We have a cat who really owns the place.

Contact: robert.atkinson@parliament.uk

Are you using the current hotlines list?

It’s been brought to our attention that some people are using old, outdated versions of the hotlines list and, as a result, are ringing incorrect telephone numbers, or are not aware of alternative numbers.

Please ensure that you always view the current version of the hotlines list, by clicking on the link on this page.  

Please don’t save the hotlines list onto your hard drive, as updates are made frequently, and you might miss them if you don’t check the intranet regularly.

Power Play Published

We don’t normally advertise political thrillers here on w4mp – well, we don’t get told about them that often – but when it’s written by one our own we think it’s worth a mention.  Two years ago Emma Gray – writing as Emma Greenway –  published her first novel, Party Games, and we gave it a bit of a push. And now she’s done it again, with the sequel, Power Play, available an ebook from October 10;

 

Power Play

Power Play

Power Play



Treason is a hanging offence..

As Conservative Party leader Rodney Richmond lies in a coma, his ambitious deputy Colin Scott vows to force unquestioning loyalty to himself on a party which is at breaking point. Dubbed ‘the Führer’ by Labour MPs, his core supporters – including a morally conflicted colleague and an obsessed, ruthless advisor – will do anything to get their man, and themselves, to the top. But there is a threat from within, one so determined they will resort to murder before they see Scott fail, and soon civil war erupts among Scott’s most senior lieutenants.

While the true leader of the so-called ‘resistance’ remains unconscious, their female rising star emerges to challenge Scott’s seemingly unbreakable and brutal authority.

Power Play continues the theme of corrupting power and infighting at the heart of E J Greenway’s first novel, Party Games. It is a wry look at what could happen if a modern day political party, finding itself in Opposition after years in power, embraces a narcissistic maniac who promises to bring it back from the brink at any cost.

Although Power Play is the dramatic sequel to Party Games, it can be read as a stand-alone book.

Where to get it

You can buy the book here on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Power-Play-E-J-Greenway-ebook/dp/B00O75RIZ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412593453&sr=8-1&keywords=e+j+greenway+power+play

A bit about Emma

Emma pic 2014Emma has always loved writing and politics, so she combined the two from an early age and began writing humorous stories at the age of 11, when she penned her first political ‘thriller’, The Plan to Assassinate the Prime Minister.

Now, 24 years later, Emma has worked at Westminster for over 12 years and wanted to capture the fascination of the Westminster village, its excitement and power, through the telling of what is essentially a human drama, set in a closely-knit, somewhat insular ‘pressure cooker’ world. Party Games was her first novel under the pen name E J Greenway in 2012 and in October 2014 the sequel, Power Play, has hit the virtual shelves.

Emma also has a blog and has written for various online publications such as Backbench, Conservative Home and Total Politics.

Emma lived in Liverpool until she was 18 and now lives in Winchester with her husband, two children and a very feisty guinea pig.

 

Parliamentary Wreaths: Use of the Portcullis

The Speaker has ruled that Members may use the Crowned Portcullis symbol on wreaths they buy to lay at Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in their capacity as a Member of Parliament.

The wreath should not be in any way party political: the use of the Portcullis on wreaths on behalf of a constituency association or including any party political symbol is not permitted.

Members can obtain an electronic copy of the Crowned Portcullis for this purpose from Nick Battley, in Print Services (by email battleyn@parliament.uk or on x6208).

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal office are able to provide the wreaths if Members wish to order through them.They can be contacted on 01622 717172 or by sending the form linked to here back to them by the 22nd October.

Royal British Legion wreath order form (Word Document)

Talk to University Students about your work.

Parliament co-teaches a module with 13 different universities from around the UK called ‘Parliamentary Studies’, giving politics students an in depth knowledge of how Parliament works, and there is an opportunity for an MPs’ researcher/researchers to give a talk to Leeds University students for the  module

Students taking the module at the University of Leeds will be visiting Parliament on the 26th November 2014. We are currently looking for a confident person/group of people that work closely with MPs, to give a talk to these students about the inner workings of an MP’s office. This will be held in the Palace of Westminster at 13:45-14:30.

If you think you may be interested in this opportunity, please contact L’myah Ross at rosswalcottl@parliament.uk

 

Room to rent in flat overlooking park, Brockley

Ref: 2593

Room with ensuite, double bed, shared lounge and kitchen, 40 mins to Parliament, SE4.

Available from November 1st.

£700 per calendar month, all bills including broadband included.

Contact: dan.whittle@parliament.uk

Double room – Earlsfield

Ref: 2591

New flatmate required for a double bedroom in a spacious South London flat.

The flat is located on the high street of Garratt Lane, near the famous Tooting. We have a ridiculous choice of cafés, pubs and restaurants, great transport connections to Waterloo and Victoria and a 15 min walk to Clapham Common.

The flat itself is very spacious with a toilet area, separate one bath/shower room, large and well-lit separate living room and kitchen. The room is on the small side but fits a double bed. It comes furnished with a new double bed, shelves, wardrobe and dressing unit.

We are lucky with the rent. The room is £430 per month without bills. On top of that we pay £21. 50 each for council tax.

We are a sociable flat and often have friends over or go for a local drink or brunch. Both are regular runners and there are plenty of green spaces and parks nearby. Sometimes we have dinner together but mostly we make our own meals as our schedules are quite varied.

http://www.spareroom.co.uk/3634239/

Contact: mcquigginc@parliament.uk