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Making a complaint about an MP

Occasionally, w4mp is asked by constituents to investigate complaints about MPs.  Unfortunately this is not something which is in our remit and we are not able to help. Please see our guide to making complaints about an MP for further information.

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Upcoming training courses

Here is the current list of training courses that staff can sign up for. Courses are free of charge to all Members’ staff who are paid through IPSA’s staffing allowance and travel costs to training events can be met from the expenses scheme administered by IPSA. There are two new courses: Managing Suicidal Conversations Advice […]

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MP and Staffers’ guide to Mental Health

The MP and Staffers’ Guide to Mental Health has been updated and is full of useful information on how to support and signpost constituents with mental health needs.  We highly recommend that you read this guide. Here’s what’s in it: Quick-reference guide An overview of mental health How much help should you give? How to […]

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New HMRC Guides for MPs and Staff

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs have updated their very helpful booklets, explaining how they can help you to help your constituents. The two booklets are: HMRC Casework guide for MPs and Staff HMRC guide for MPs managing their own tax affairs They are available in the following formats: English Welsh Accessible Version – English only […]

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Life for a new MP on BBC News website

Do take a moment to watch this behind-the-scenes feature on what it’s like to be a new member on the BBC news website. This was facilitated by the Commons Media Team and features interviews with General Election Senior Responsible Owner, Marianne Cwynarski and Managing Director of Research and Information, Penny Young.

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Wikipedia/Wikidata for new and returning MPs

As soon as the first election results were announced on 12 December, Wikipedians – the volunteers who write and edit Wikipedia – sprang into action, updating Wikipedia’s articles about the election itself, about every individual constituency, and about every single MP. The volunteers also added data, including for example MPs’ websites, Twitter names and Facebook profiles, to […]

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Hive Support Agency: staff recruitment in Parliament

We’ve been contacted by Hive. They say: We provide an independent and professional service to MPs to assist with their recruitment and ongoing management of staff. We have over 30 years’ experience of working in Parliamentary Offices and understand the unique relationship between an MP and their team. By outsourcing recruitment and HR to us […]

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TheyWorkForYou Crowdfunder

Many of us use TheyWorkForYou to find out what’s been going in Parliament – keeping track of what an MP has said is vital in the office. However, just keeping the site going on a daily basis takes a substantial amount of staff time and expertise, not to mention the costs involved in hosting a […]

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Dissolution Events for Staff

Four dissolution events are taking place for staff. Full details including venues are on the Parliamentary Intranet and you can turn up without booking. Sheffield – Thursday (7th) – 11-1 Glasgow Friday (8th) 10-1 Cardiff Tuesday (12th) – 10-1 Crewe Wednesday 13th 2-4 See the Intranet page for more.

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Women and Parliament Virtual Tour

Have you seen the Women and Parliament 360° virtual tour? See where the 1866 first mass petition for female suffrage was handed in, find out about the campaign for equal voting rights, and more. Take a virtual tour bit.ly/2Nu62aZ The content of the Women and Parliament virtual tour draws on research and content from the […]

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