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Updated List of Ministerial Responsibilities

The List of Ministerial Responsibilities is an extremely useful document, and it was updated on 18 November 2014.

You can find the latest version on the intranet, by searching for ‘Ministerial Responsibilities’ in the A-Z Index.

Double room to rent in Camberwell

Ref: 2600

Large, bright double room to rent in Camberwell flatshare, available from 30 November.  The room is in a lovely 2-bed flat, fully furnished, sharing with a sociable young professional.

8 min walk to Denmark Hill rail for overground and for frequent trains to Victoria (journey takes 10mins), and buses from Camberwell to pretty much anywhere in London (including Westminster).  East Dulwich (plus huge Sainsbury’s) also only a short walk.

Rent £650 pcm + bills. Please email for further details/photos/to arrange viewing.



Constituency Training Day

Following the success of the initial constituency training days in Manchester, Exeter, Perth and Belfast, several more have been arranged. The next event will be held in Birmingham on 2 December. A regional event is also planned for Gateshead (16 December), with events in Doncaster and Norwich to follow in 2015.

Following a series of interviews and focus-groups, one message that has come through loud and clear is the need for us to visit you near the constituency.  This is to reach people who can’t travel to Westminster easily for training or induction, and to hear from you about what you need from our services.

We aim to make the day worthwhile for you and to provide:

  • important information about the General Election arrangements for May 2015;
  • information on office security;
  • information from IPSA;
  • access to PICT;
  • specialist sessions on issues in your region.

We want to hear about what we can do to improve our services, and what we should cover in regional events after the Election, to help new staff setting up constituency offices.  What did you wish someone had told you?  Also, please think beforehand about the House services you find most helpful (or least helpful).

Lunch will be provided, and a chance to network with us and other constituency office staff in your region. IPSA has recognised the day as a training event; as such the costs of travel are eligible to be reclaimed through allowances in the normal way.

Please register your interest by 27 November at More details will be provided.

Full details here: Regional Event for Parliamentary Constituencies programme



2 large rooms available SE6

Ref: 2599

Two large rooms available in a completely refurbished professional house share. Rooms are fully furnished, house has very big kitchen/diner, living room and garden. All bills and broadband included. Please email for further details and photos.


All Party Writers Group (APWG) to announce winner of Educational Writers’ Award

From The Bookseller:

Four “outstanding examples of non-fiction books” make up the shortlist for the 2014 Educational Writers’ Award.

The award, run by the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors (SoA), celebrates educational writing that “inspires creativity and encourages students to read widely and build up their understanding of a subject beyond the requirements of exam specifications”.

The books on the shortlist are aimed at children and teenagers aged between 11 and 18.

The shortlist includes Keep Your Cool: How to Deal with Life’s Worries and Stress (Franklin Watts) by Dr Aaron Balick and illustrated by Clotilde Szymanski, which aims to help children deal with issues including bullying, family strife and exam panic.

The judges said the book has “just the right tone and masses of helpful suggestions”.

Mission: Explore FOOD (Can of Worms) by The Geography Collective, illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones, is an “alternative cookbook” with food-related missions to complete, with the idea of turning you into an extreme explorer and guerrilla geographer. The judges said it was a “varied, imaginative, lively inter-disciplinary approach to food, both on the plate and on its way there”.

The Danger Zone: Avoid Being Sir Isaac Newton! (Book House) by Ian Graham and illustrated by David Antram puts the readers in the place of Newton. The judges said it was a “fascinating look at the man behind the theories of gravity, optics and calculus – tantrums, heresy, warts and all”.

The final book on the shortlist is The World in Infographics: Animal Kingdom (Wayland) by Jon Richards & Ed Simkins, which visualises animal life in icons, pictograms and graphics. The judges said the information was “presented through brilliant, easy-to-read infographics”.

This year’s judges are teacher Vanessa Casey; school librarian Aidan Higgins; and author Anne Rooney.

The winner of the 2014 Educational Writers’ Award will be announced at the All Party Writers Group (APWG) Winter Reception at the House of Commons on Tuesday 2nd December.

The winning author will receive a cheque for £2,000.

2 rooms available in flat share in Balham

Ref: 2598

Two double rooms available in a six bedroom house share around 7 minutes walk from Balham station and fantastic local amenities. Existing tenants are a sociable bunch of young professionals.

The property is in a brilliant area, has two bathrooms + one en-suite (taken), reception room, a separate large open plan kitchen and is fully furnished. It’s in Wandsworth so benefits from cheap council tax.

The overground runs frequently and gets you to Victoria station in 12-14 minutes. You can be in Westminster in around 30 minutes door to door. Balham is also serviced by the Northern line.

£750/month + bills. Available NOW. Viewings taking place 20th Nov 6:45pm onwards but other dates can be arranged.


Democracy on Demand – the impact of televising the Commons

Democracy on Demand – the impact of televising the Commons

Wednesday 19 November, 7.30 – 9pm

Reuben Library, BFI Southbank


Jo Coburn, BBC Daily Politics (chair)

Rt Hon Sir Alan Haselhurst MP

John McAndrew, Sky News

Lisa Nandy MP

To mark the 25th anniversary of televising the Commons Chamber, and as part of Parliament Week 2014, you are invited to attend this panel discussion bringing together Members of Parliament and the media to discuss the impact that televising the Commons Chamber has had on politics, public engagement and how politicians are held to account. The debate will also look at the future of broadcasting in Parliament, and how technological developments are changing the way that the media reports on politics.

Free tickets are available at: events/democracy-on-demand

Lights, Camera, Parliament! Film-making competition

Spread the word to young people aged 7-18 about the Education Service’s annual Lights, Camera, Parliament! competition which asks ‘If you could make one law, what would it be?’ To enter, participants just need to submit a 3 minute film telling us what new law they would introduce in the UK.

The 2015 competition has now launched with a great online hub full of resources, tips and templates for young people and teachers and we’ll be adding inspiration topics and blogs from previous winners, Members, and other young film makers right up until the closing date to help participants get thinking about what law they’d like to propose and how they can film it.

Entries can be submitted from 12 January until 27 February 2015 and winners will be invited to an awards day including a tour of Parliament, an opportunity to speak to Members about their law and a showcasing event for all the winning entries at the British Film Institute.

Last year they received over 200 really inspiring entries, and winners included a law to increase fines for litterers and a law proposing British manufacturers should share information about any involvement of child labour in their products. Check out all of the previous entries, and the video blog from one of the winners about what the competition meant to her.

There’s lots more details on the competition website, or you can email for more information.

3-bed flat needed

Ref: 2597

We are permanent staff of the House of Commons looking for a 3 bedroom flat to rent.  Our budget is around £2,000 per month and we need to move in December.

We hope to stay in Lambeth or Southwark but also would be very happy to try a new area.  We are very low-maintenance, reliable tenants and it would be great to rent directly from a landlord again rather than a letting agent.

Please get in touch if you have somewhere available,

Jonathan Wright –

Double Room Available to Rent in West Norwood (Near Streatham)

Ref: 2596

Double room available in three bedroom flat in West Norwood, with shared kitchen, bathroom and living room.  Near both Streatham town centre and West Norwood with numerous bars and services.  Living with two females.

Good transport links to Central London and Westminster from Streatham (Streatham & Streatham Hill train stations + buses) and West Norwood (West Norwood & Tulse Hill stations + buses).

£433 per calendar month + bills.  Available from later this month.