Today is the centenary of the 1918 General Election when women over thirty and all men over the age of 21 were able to vote.
It also saw the first woman MP elected, though as Constance Markievicz was a member for Sinn Féin she did not take her seat.
The photograph is of House of Doors, by Kristina Clackson Bonnington, a sculpture that was in Westminster Hall last month. See https://www.parliament.uk/house-of-doors/ for more details.
House of Doors is supported by the Lord Speaker’s Advisory Panel on Works of Art and the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art.
Find out more about House of Doors at www.houseofdoors.org
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The Hotlines List was updated on 20 November 2018.
There’s been lots of changes in this edition, as various government bodies roll out the removal of ‘gsi’ from their email addresses.
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using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer or printed out may be out of date.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 the link to the list.
The Government Secure Intranet (GSi) network is being phased out across government, which means that organisations will be dropping ‘gsi’ from their email addressees.
Some organisations have already made this change, such as the DVLA and the FCO, and others will be changing theirs in the near future.
The migration will be completed by 31 March 2019, after which date any messages sent to a .gsi address will not be delivered.
We have already pro-actively emailed all of the relevant organisations on our MPs’ Hotline List, and several of the addresses have already bounced. We will update each address as we receive confirmation of the changes.
The problems with connecting remotely to the parliamentary network have now been resolved. If you have any further issues, please ring PDS.
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 this page to learn more, and for details on how to contribute to the Inquiry: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2018/november/invitation-to-contribute-to-inquiry-into-bullying-and-harassment/
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 (via Office 365), and then clicking the links below:
Introduction to Housing Law for caseworkers
The Law and Special Educational Needs and Disability
An introduction to employment law for caseworkers
The Law and anti-social behaviour
Once you have registered, we will be in touch with further details. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call x3666.
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 by female photographers, and make it free and open to the public.
To ensure that all of the women photographers involved receive support to make this visual statement, they need help, and have set up a funding page at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/209-women/
The aim is that the exhibition will hang in Westminster from 14th December to February 2019 (tbc). It will be curated by Hilary Wood, (founder of ‘209 Women’ and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery, Co- Director of Northern Narratives arts initiative) and Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine).
The exhibition is supported by Liverpool City Council. In February 2019, it will travel to Open Eye Gallery, to be exhibited in partnership with Culture Liverpool.
Behind the scenes: Diane Abbott (Labour), photographed by Karen Knorr. ©Karen Knorr.
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 Street, 7 Millbank and Richmond House.
See here for further details: https://intranet.parliament.uk/access-buildings/offices-rooms/room-bookings/
Meeting room bookings
If you would like to book a room for a meeting, the Room Booking and Access Team will now manage all enquiries and can be contacted, Monday to Friday on x3050 between the hours of 9am – 6pm, or email email@example.com.
Alternatively, bookings can be made in the Customer Services Hub in Portcullis House and the self-service room bookings system, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for booking all meeting rooms (except committee rooms). All bookings will be automatically confirmed by email.
Information on the rules relating to the use of parliamentary meeting and committee rooms can be found on the intranet.
Functions and events bookings
If you are planning a function or event or hosting a breakfast, lunch, dinner or reception, the House of Commons Events Team will manage all enquiries, including all bookings for the Attlee Suite.
The team can be contacted on x3090 between the hours of 9am – 6pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 4.30pm on Fridays, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org