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Having problems connecting to the network this morning?

If you’re having problem connecting remotely to the parliamentary network this morning, don’t worry, it’s not just you. It’s affecting mobile devices, Macs and older computers running Windows 7. There’s no need to ring PDS about it – they’re already aware of it. There’s a global problem with MFA and they’re working on getting it …

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Invitation to contribute to Inquiry into Bullying and Harassment

On 19 July, the House resolved to set up an Inquiry similar to the Dame Laura Cox QC inquiry into bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, of the staff of Members of Parliament and others engaged in Parliamentary work on their behalf. The Inquiry, launched today, is being conducted by Gemma White QC. Please visit …

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Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 5 November 2018. Important! The numbers for PIP have changed. 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using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out of date.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 …

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NEW: courses to help you with casework

The House of Commons Library is offering four new ‘taster’ courses aimed at helping you answer common constituents’ questions in the areas of housing, special educational needs, employment law and anti-social behaviour. The training will be provided in Westminster by experienced lawyers. You can sign-up via ACT by first logging into the ACT Learning Pool …

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Photographic exhibition of all 209 Female MPs seeks funding

On 14th December 1918  women voted for the first time in Britain, and in the same year the first female MP was elected. To mark 100 years since some women achieved the right to vote, the 209 Women project aims to take over parliament with 209 new photographic portraits of all female MPs, shot exclusively …

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A new way to book meeting and committee rooms in the House of Commons

Please note that rooms can not be booked by members of the public. From Monday 8 October 2018, there will be a new way to book meeting and committee rooms in the House of Commons, including a ‘self-service’ portal on the intranet.  These changes will affect rooms in the Palace, Portcullis House, Norman Shaw North, 1 Parliament …

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It’s Not OK. Girls’ experiences of street harassment

Every day girls are being harassed on the street. They’re being catcalled, followed, groped and grabbed. And it’s happening everywhere. With alarming new statistics, Plan International UK launches a new report ‘It’s not OK’ revealing the scale of street harassment faced by girls in the UK.  Hear from girls as they discuss the research with leading decision-makers. Hosted by …

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Have you looked at POST’s publications recently?

POST provides balanced and accessible overviews of research from across the biological, physical and social sciences, and engineering and technology. It places the findings of this research in a policy context for Parliamentary use. The best known format for these briefings are ‘POSTnotes’: four page summaries of public policy issues based on reviews of the …

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House of Commons Library on BBC Westminster Hour

As BBC Radio 4 puts it, ‘The House of Commons library is an indispensable part of life at Westminter conducting research for MPs and providing impartial briefs on everything from the environment and schools to Brexit’. They have given enormous support to w4mp over the years – and this lovely piece by reporter John Beesley is …

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Bullying and Harassment and Sexual Harassment support services

The Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy (ICGP) Programme was established to help ensure that Westminster, constituency offices and related locations are safe environments in which everyone can feel valued and respected. Following the 19 July Commons vote on the proposals outlined in the ICGP delivery report, two new independent helpline services are now live. These services offer …

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