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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 15 March 2019 Please always ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out of date. Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

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POST Training for Academic Researchers

POST – the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology – is presenting regional training sessions for researchers to learn how the UK Parliament works and ways to engage with Parliament using research, with a particular focus on framing and communicating your research in a policy context. What does the training cover? This training gives an …

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New online resource – Armed Conflict Database

New online resource provided by the House of Commons Library   The Armed Conflict Database provides in-depth data, timelines and reports on conflicts worldwide.  The ACD enables the user to assess the effects of armed conflict on a region or a country. Users can view historic trends and patterns in conflicts and read regular reports on …

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Workplace Adjustments

Do you have a disability or suffer from a difficulty or disadvantage in your workplace? The workplace adjustment process prevents, reduces or removes obstacles you might face at work. Adjustments can be requested to help with obstacles relating to mental health and physical or non-physical requirements. Please see here for further information: http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/workplace-adjustments/

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Department of Health & Social Care correspondence guidance for MPs

The Department for Health & Social Care has produced a new guide for ministerial correspondence.  If you would like a copy, please email editor@w4mp.org  Please note that this is only available to the offices of Members of Parliament, Members of the Scottish Parliament, Assembly Members and Members of the European Parliament.

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New Guide to Audio Recording

We have just published a new guide to how best to record audio of events or meetings, written by Conrad Taylor and based on his many years of experience. You can find it in the guides section of the site Audio recording meetings, events and lectures

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Wellbeing classes in Westminster

The Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing service is running a number of classes related to maintaining and improving your health and wellbeing. These include mindfulness, meditation and relaxtion; Yoga and postural and relaxation classes. Wellbeing classes will commence on 7 January 2019 For details see the Parliamentary Intranet

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Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit published

 The Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit, carried out by members and staff of both Houses of Parliament, was published on Thursday 20 December 2018. It finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses, but there are still barriers to women standing as MPs or putting themselves forward to the …

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One Hundred Years Ago: Votes for (Some) Women

Today is the centenary of the 1918 General Election when women over thirty and all men over the age of 21 were able to vote. It also saw the first woman MP elected, though as Constance Markievicz was a member for ‎Sinn Féin she did not take her seat. The photograph is of  House of Doors, …

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Fawcett Society call for testimony on sexual harassment in politics

The Fawcett Society is working with Hogan Lovells, a global law firm which is providing pro bono (free) assistance, to gather and analyse the testimony of women in politics who have experienced sexual harassment.  The purpose of the analysis will be to draw out general themes from women’s testimony and identify possible policy responses.  The …

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