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Flatshare wanted

Ref: 2610


I am Trisha, a research assistant at Westminster.
I am looking for a room to rent from Feb to May 2015, rather near to the Parliament.

Thank you,


Flatshare wanted

Ref: 2609

I’m a female researcher who is looking for a new flatshare somewhere within an easy commuting distance to Westminster for a budget of around £700pcm.  If anyone knows of anywhere, please let me know! :)



Exploring Digital: New Seminar Series Starts 22 January

A new series of monthly seminars, talks and presentations exploring the wealth of possibilities offered by digital technology. Every month successful professionals from the digital industry will be coming to Parliament to share and discuss their experiences with us. These events are open to Members of both Houses, staff of Members, and all parliamentary staff.

The first seminar takes place on Thursday 22 January, Attlee Suite, 10am-12noon

How to ensure success with agile

The presentation will cover a brief overview of agile and scrum for those who are not completely familiar with it. You’ll learn about a number of techniques that will allow you to go beyond the basic mechanics of iterative development that can help to ensure the success of an agile project. We’ll discuss why some agile projects fail and how to avoid the common traps of just “talking the talk” to cover up the fact that your team is really not very agile at all. We’ll look at different types of software projects to understand when to apply levels of governance (and how much) to your agile project. You’ll also learn what agile software development has in common with the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Two enthusiastic agile ambassadors, James Cannings and Karoliina Luoto, will deliver a presentation looking at running successful web projects using Agile methodologies; in particular, how this works in the public sector and traditional Prince 2 environment.

Please email the webandintranetservice@parliament.ukto reserve a space.

The Speakers

James Cannings started MMT Digital in his bedroom in 1999 after he graduated from University in the UK with a 1st in Computer Science and Cybernetics. He spent many years learning his trade as a developer, working with almost every technology that came along whilst constantly refining the companies approach to developing large scale digital projects for clients. In recent years James has hung up his development hat and has focused on solutions architecture and consultancy. He has spent the last two years fully immersed in the world of agile based development and has rolled out the successful processes across the business for a wide range of clients and projects. Almost every project that James is involved in requires discussion around the “tablet / mobile strategy”.

Karoliina Luoto is a consultant focusing on agile purchasing, great web concepts and agile customer/client co-work management. In Karoliina’s world, project methodology is not a black and white issue, but a series of questions which require creative and preferably simple solutions. Projects are not about waterfall or agile, they are about vision, inspection and adaptation. Before consulting, Karoliina has been in charge of web service and collaboration development in different organisations. She also has background in marketing, communications and publishing.


On-site nursery leaflet

The  House of Commons onsite daycare nursery has published a new leaflet outlining its services and fees. More details here.

Room in Chelsea family house

Ref: 2608

Room available in large Chelsea family house from the end of the month. Excellent commute to Westminster. Shared use of kitchen, washing machine, roof garden etc.


Are you the Researcher of the Year?

It’s that time again – you’ve got until midnight on January 14 to get your nominations in for the researcher of the year awards.  The form is here, and there’s more information on the ROTY website,

All staff working in a research or casework capacity for an MP or a Peer, from parliamentary or constituency offices, can be nominated to win an award, which  are intended to promote the extremely valuable role played by all individuals working for parliamentarians.

Parity of Esteem for Mental Health – New POST Note

Achieving parity of esteem between mental and physical health in care standards and public attitudes has been attempted for decades. A new publication from POST outlines the history of these efforts, the various ways in which parity is defined and measured, the challenges of achieving this ideal and the strategies that may be employed to that end and is worth reading.

Parity of Esteem for Mental Health – POST Note

Lodger required: Westminster flat 3 minutes walk from Parliament week days only

Ref: 2607

Furnished room for single non smoker
WiFi, TV, linen/towels
Hot/cold water/heating/
use of fully equipped kitchen
Ideal for commuter Mon – Fri.
Rent £550pcm incl.


Parliamentary Art Collection features Winston Churchill


'Sir Winston Churchill' by Bernard Hailstone

‘Sir Winston Churchill’ by Bernard Hailstone

January 2015 marks 50 years since the death of Sir Winston Churchill and this portrait is the January artwork of the month from the Parliamentary Art Collection – read more on the Parliament website

Winston Churchill (1874–1965) was a leading statesman, writer and orator who is best remembered for leading Britain to victory during the Second World War. In an influential political career that spanned 64 years, he held numerous ministerial positions and served as Prime Minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55).

This portrait shows Churchill at the age of 81, during his second term as Prime Minister. It was painted in 1955 by Bernard Hailstone (1910–87) during sittings for a portrait of Churchill as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, an ancient ceremonial position that he held from 1941 until his death in 1965.

Parliamentary Exchange in Paris

The English-Speaking Union runs a parliamentary exchange programme between Westminster and Paris, offering students the opportunity to intern in the Assemblée Nationale. One or two people  are sent to intern in Paris, normally undertaking a range of work in the Assemblée Nationale with a Deputy. This side of the exchange is organised by ESU Paris. Previous interns have worked in the offices of Assemblée members such as M. Pierre Lellouche and M. Jacques Godfrian, and in the central office of the ruling party.

The programme is designed to last between six and eight weeks in the summer. Exact dates may be arranged by the candidate and ESU France after selection.

If you’re interested, apply by 2 February 2015 – interviews will be held in February 2015, with a start date mid-June 2015
Forms and instructions can be found at