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Electoral Reform Society report into women’s representation in politics

Today sees the launch of  “Sex and Power 2014: Who runs Britain?” which shows just how little progress has been made on gender equality in the UK’s political institutions and suggests what the UK’s governments, parliaments, political parties and media should do about it.

Among the report’s key findings is that the House of Commons has slipped from 59th (in early 2010) to 65th (today) in the world ranking of parliaments for gender equality.

Just 22.7% of our MPs are women. And whilst the figure for some of the devolved parliaments is better – 41.7% of Welsh Assembly members are women, for example – the situation amongst political journalists is even worse. Over 91% of print and broadcast political editors are male.

Today’s report makes six recommendations for what must happen to change this situation. It was written by Counting Women In, a coalition of organisations including the Electoral Reform Society, the Centre for Women & Democracy, the Fawcett Society, the Hansard Society and Unlock Democracy.

Read the report (pdf)

Visit the Electoral Reform Society website

5-a-side football for MPs and Parliamentary Staff

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A weekly 5 a side kickabout for MPs and staff is looking for new players of all ages and abilities. Men and women players welcome. Established in 1997, the ethos is fun and fair – we’re competitive but never dirty! Games are from 9 to 10am on Tuesdays, at Queen Mother Leisure Centre, Victoria. £5 a game (£3 for unwaged, eg interns, students), plus 90p entry for the leisure centre. Call or email Mark Allison to go on mailing list. 07980 559501 or It’s the best way to start your day!

Member Tours and Elizabeth Tower Tours

The Tours office has just sent this note around to all staff:

The tours office have been listening carefully to feedback which has been received from a number of MPs and their staff over the past months in relation to the processes in place to make bookings for Member Tours and Elizabeth Tower tours. We would like to assure you that the feedback is taken very seriously and we are currently taking steps to review the way in which tours are allocated to try to ensure we are offering the most efficient and fair way of allocation to all Members. We are currently investigating options to make the system more efficient and effective.

In the meantime, we have looked at a quick resolution to one of the major concerns which has been the timing of bookings opening at the beginning of the month. Last year we took a decision to stipulate an opening time of 8.30am on the first working day of the month as we were receiving a high volume of requests at midnight. This seemed to be unfair to staff who were not able to send requests so late in the evening. We have subsequently listened to feedback from a number of staff who are unable to send requests until after 9am and are therefore still being impacted negatively by the opening time. We are therefore implementing a later booking opening time which will come into force from October.

This means that tour bookings will, from October, be accepted from midday on the first working day of the month
Bookings for tours in March 2014 will therefore open at midday on Wednesday 1st October.

They have updated the information on the intranet to reflect this change and also the impact that Dissolution will have on booking tours.

Please see the Member Tours
and Elizabeth Tower Tours pages on the Parliamentary intranet for more information.

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The Webb Memorial Trust Essay Competition

The New Statesman, in association with the Webb Memorial Trust has announced the 2014 Webb Memorial Trust Essay Competition for young people aged between 18 and 25.

This year’s question is: How can business reduce poverty?

For further information, please visit:

Free Parliamentary War Memorial booklet

A free booklet exploring the history of Bertram Mackennal’s Parliamentary War Memorial is now available.

The booklet tells the fascinating but little-known history of the main memorial to MPs, Peers and staff who died in the First World War.

To download a free copy of the booklet, please click here.

2 Rooms in Honor Oak Park

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2 nice sized double bedrooms (furnished with double bed, wardrobe, bedside table, chest of drawers) in a large split level flat right next to Honor Oak Park Station.  One room is available immediately and one is available from the start of October.

I used to work in the House of Commons and to get from my flat to PCH took 25 minutes.  One of the flatmates works in Canary Wharf and it takes him 15 minutes.  It is a beautiful area and we live opposite an Italian restaurant and a couple of nice bars, next door to a Sainsburys and a Tapas bar.

The rent is 495/540 pcm including council tax and internet.  Bills are split 4 ways as they come in.  I can supply photos on request and am happy to show people around.


Great Clock Hands will be stopping…

"Parliament Clock Westminster" by Aldaron — Aldaron, a.k.a. Aldaron - Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

“Parliament Clock Westminster” by Aldaron — Aldaron, a.k.a. Aldaron – Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

Technicians will be cleaning and maintaining the Great Clock during the week of 18 August, and will be pausing the clock’s hands, so don’t rely on a quick glance out of the window to tell you if you’re on time for that important meeting! Apparently the chimes will continue, as we’re advised that the technicians – some of whom will be asbseiling down to clean the clock faces – have been issued with ear defenders.


More on the Parliament website

Free online edition of Parliamentary Affairs

You may be interested in a special free online edition of Parliamentary Affairs, published  by the Hansard Society in advance of the Scottish independence referendum. Parliamentary Affairs editors Professors Philip Cowley and Jonathan Tonge have brought together a series of articles from the archive, to form a special online ‘virtual’ edition that will be free until the end of November.

You can read it on the Parliamentary Affairs website.

Flat share wanted

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Looking to rent a room from the beginning of September. Flexible with location as long as it has good transport links.

Do get in touch, happy to discuss further.



Student leaders wanted…

If you know a student then you might like to tell them about an offer from Elevation Networks. They are recruiting 25 ‘student leaders’ for their Student Leadership Development Programme, which gives people the chance to create and run a social action project.

They provide
• A mentor in your preferred industry;
• Training and resources;
• Opportunity to apply for funding.

Apply by 31 August – for more information go to