NEWS from the w4mp channel, relevant to everyone working in Parliament.

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MPs to be surveyed about mental health

According to a report on the BBC News website, MPs are to be surveyed about their mental health with questions about depression, their sense of self-worth and their drinking habits. The report says: Former health minister Dr Dan Poulter is conducting the study alongside King’s College London. The Tory MP said he had seen colleagues clearly struggling with very low mood and behaving erratically under stress. Researchers say it could establish if mental health issues are more prevalent among MPs than the general population. The…

Future Parliament: event video now online

How can new technology build capacity, strengthen scrutiny and improve public engagement within the legislative process?  Does Restoration and Renewal present a rare opportunity to experiment with more innovative working practices? We gathered leading thinkers and practitioners from Parliament and the tech arena to examine these themes at the opening event of Parliament Week 2016. Watch the event in full on YouTube – including w4mp editor Bill Thompson in a rare public foray. Read the first of three posts on the day’s key take-aways Explore the online…

Updated: List of Ministerial Responsibilities

At long last, the List of Ministerial Responsibilities has been brought up to date. This useful document gives the names, postal addresses, email addresses and telephone number for all of the current Government Ministers, and also lists their specific responsibilities. You can find a link to it on the first page our hotlines list on the intranet.

Central London Conference Venue

The London office of European Council on Foreign Relations, on the 7th floor of the King’s Building in Westminster, has conference facilities available for hire. Download their brochure or contact the Office Manager, Anna Bea Götz, on According to them:  “its convenient location, great views and closeness to the river make it both a pleasant as much as a professional venue for smaller or larger events and meetings of formal or informal nature”. The nearest public transport hubs are Westminster, St James’s Park, Victoria…

Ed Barker – new album launch

We don’t normally promote cabaret, but with Christmas coming up, we thought you might like to know that an old friend of w4mp, Ed Barker, will be launching his long awaited second album in a showcase on 6th December 2016 at one of London’s most exciting and intimate music venues, The Hippodrome Casino. Come and celebrate the launch of Are You Listenin’? with an evening of spectacular music, special guests including BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Lance Ellington, dinner, drinks and album giveaways…as well as the…

House of Commons Gift Shop

Are you looking for something a little different for Christmas gifts?  Have a look at the Houses of Parliament Gift Shops for books, stationery, confectionery, gifts and much more. On the intranet, you can view the House of Commons gift shop and the House of Lords Gift Shop, or on Parliament’s public website, you can look at the Houses of Parliament Gift Shop, which has a different range of items from the ones on the intranet.  Members of the public can also visit the Parliament shop…

MP hotline for DWP Central England

The MP hotline telephone number for ESA / JSA / IS for Central England is incorrect and we have removed it from the hotline list.  Please do not call that number – please use just the email address for now, and we’ll publish the correct number as soon as we get it.  Thanks.

Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 14 November 2016 As always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date. Please go here to see the new information.

Commons Library Blog – ‘Second Reading’

Have you been to look at the House of Commons Library Blog – ‘Second Reading‘ recently? It’s been updated with lots of useful information and statistics on economy and business, social policy, Parliament and elections, world affairs, science and Brexit, with links to Library Briefing Papers. You can also sign up to the email alert service, so that you are notified when any new articles are published.

Parliament Week is coming..

Parliament Week is an excellent programme of events and activities that connects people across the UK with Parliament and democracy, running from 14-20 November and live on Twitter at @YourUKParl You can find out more on their website, explore maps on their interactive map,  or even contribute yourself – If you are interested in writing a blog post then email