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Hotlines list – please read

It has been brought to our attention that some of the hotlines numbers have been given to constituents, who have been contacting the MP hotlines directly.  This is causing significant problems for the agencies involved. Please ensure that when forwarding correspondence to constituents, that any information relating to the MP hotlines is deleted or redacted. …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 11 August 2017 We are aware that there is a problem with the contact details for the Child Maintenance Group and will amend those details as soon as we have them. As always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as …

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Interested in Democracy? Democracy Club seeking board members

Democracy Club, the non-profit dedicated to making the UK’s democratic processes work better, is looking for new board members. It’s a non-profit with an amazing track record of achievement — and they want to appoint board members to help them do more, faster. Deomocracy Club consists of a tiny full-time team and big group of brilliant volunteers …

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Problems with UKVI MP page

When accessing the UKVI information page for MPs, you will get an error message about the site certificate.  UKVI are aware of it and are working to rectify it. In the meantime, the website still works and is accessible, please ignore the security certificate message and choose ‘proceed’ at the bottom of the page to …

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POSTnote: Security of UK Food Supply

The security of UK food supply is a key priority for the Government, particularly in light of the UK’s forthcoming withdrawal from the EU. This note outlines current UK trade in food and animal feed, examines the challenges raised to the security of UK food supply by withdrawal from the EU and analyses the policy …

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POSTnote: Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture

Agricultural practices can reduce water quality, degrade soils and cause biodiversity loss. This in turn can disrupt natural processes that support food production. Environmentally sustainable agriculture seeks to reduce environmental damage and restore such processes. This POSTnote summarises associated land management options, agricultural policies and the constraints imposed by a new trading environment. Read the …

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POSTnote: Online Information and Fake News

Internet search engines and social media platforms are an increasingly popular way of accessing news and information. In 2017, the proportion of UK adults consuming news online exceeded those who watched news on TV (74% versus 69%). This note considers how people access news online, how algorithms (sequences of instructions) and social networks influence the …

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Committee Chairs

Reproduced from www.parliament.uk The full list of elected committee chairs for the new Parliament has been announced by the Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow. All successful candidates are listed below. This includes 19 departmental select committees and a selection of other committees elected under Standing Order Number 122B. The chair of the Backbench Business Committee …

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Updated guide to the business of the House

The Clerk of the House has published an updated edition of this invaluable booklet that offers a short guide to the business of the House of Commons. It is available as a PDF and can be downloaded here. Download the 2017 Guide to House and its Committees Further details on the Guides page    

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Do you have a Windows 7 machine?

Unfortunately, Windows 7 machines are still not able to log into the VPN, but you can still log into them as a ‘local’ machine.  The IT folks are still working on getting these machines connected, and hopefully everything will be up and running next week.

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