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Dissolution Guidance for the 2017 General Election

Comprehensive dissolution guidance has now been published on the parliamentary intranet and also on the Internet. It is essential that all Members and staff familiarise themselves with the guidance, as there is a lot to do, and a lot to take in.  Please don’t leave it until the last minute – go and look at it …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 19 April 2017. 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that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date.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 (you need to have an intranet login to access this page).

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Follow @commonslibrary on Twitter

One of the most useful Twitter accounts out there is run by the fine people at the Commons Library – so we suggest following them over at https://twitter.com/commonslibrary

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Are you using the correct version of the hotlines list?

We’ve had a few organisations contacting us recently, because people are using out-of-date hotline numbers and/or email addresses. Please can you make sure that you always use the current hotlines list, details of which can be found here: http://www.w4mp.org/library/guides/casework-guides/tools-and-resources/hotline-numbers-for-mps-meps-msps-ams-and-their-staff/

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Proposed General Election

The Prime Minister has announced her intention to seek approval under the Fixed-Term Parliament Act to ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament in advance of a General Election on June 8. If this proceeds as proposed then w4mp will continue to operate as usual, and we will post information to assist with dissolution matters. See …

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The APPG For Young Disabled People- Meeting on 19th April

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People are holding a meeting on Wed 19th April at 14:30 in the Attlee Suite. Guest speakers at this meeting will include: Susan Louwerse, Head of Guest Services at intu, who run over a dozen shopping centres across the UK Chris Fry, solicitor at Unity Law, who …

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Building Works on Parliamentary Estate

Some routes through and entrances into the Palace will be closed for maintenance work over the Easter recess. From Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April there will be no entrance or exit through Chancellor’s Gate. The House of Lords Members Family Room and Department of Facilities entrances in Chancellor’s Gate will be closed on Wednesday 12 April and Thursday 13 April. The …

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Helping your constituents with complaints about a public organisation

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman was set up by Parliament in 1967 to provide an independent complaint handling service.  The Ombudsman looks into complaints where someone believes there has been injustice or hardship because a UK public organisation has not acted properly or fairly or has given a poor service and not put things right.  They …

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Changes to contact arrangements for MP Passport/Visa/Immigration enquiries

We’ve been told of a change in the  correspondence arrangements for MPs with  Her Majesty’s Passport Office and UK Visas and Immigration. From 10 April the Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HM Passport Office) Parliamentary Correspondence Unit (PCU) and the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) MP Account Management Team will become a joint function. This will result …

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Incorrect hotline number for PIP Scotland

We’ve been told that the number on our hotline list for PIP Scotland is incorrect.  We’re trying to get a new number now, but please don’t use the old one – the new person on that number cannot help you.

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