World Cup Action

Amidst the petabytes of press coverage of the World Cup, Politico has done the one useful thing of finding out where best to watch matches in the vicinity of Westminster (we assume those working in constituency offices have enough local knowledge to track down a screen).

According to today’s London Playbook:

The match is live on BBC1, which means it will be on in pretty much all the pubs around Westminster including the Red Lion and the Westminster Arms. Strangers will have it on too — though possibly without sound — as will the Sports and Social. But if you want a big screen, you’ll have to go further afield — try the Barley Mow on Horseferry Road, Greenwood in Victoria (which has 19 screens) or Sports Bar & Grill at Waterloo station. The Porterhouse in Covent Garden was great for the last World Cup, with fans from all over the world flocking there. The Grafton Arms in Soho has an outdoor screen if you need to chain-smoke nervously.
Whatever you do: Get there early — the pubs are going to be rammed. In fact, get there really early and check out England’s next opponents … Belgium vs. Panama kicks off at 4 p.m.

The Influence of Where You Live

New analysis of 15 years of the Hansard Society‘s Audit of Political Engagement data shows how geography is an important factor in determining whether citizens feel they have influence on decision-making at the national level, even when other key factors that influence political engagement – such as education and social class – are taken into account.

The full report is available to read on the Hansard Society website.


Hotlines List Update

The Hotlines List was updated on 21 May 2018

As always, please ensure that you are using the current version of the hotlines list on the intranet, as copies saved to your computer may be out of date.

Please go here to see the new information and the link to the list.

Flat share available – West Hampstead

Ref: 2803

We have a great double room available in our wonderful West Hampstead flat. It comes fully furnished with a double bed and fitted wardrobes.

The flat itself is on the ground floor of an Edwardian terrace and has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The kitchen is modern and great for people who enjoy cooking. There is also a large fridge/freezer, a dishwasher and washing machine. The open plan kitchen and living room is at the rear of the property, which is bright and surrounded by greenery (our neighbour kindly maintains the plants around us).

The rent is £750 per month, which includes all utilities, council tax and superfast wireless broadband. The deposit is £1056 and will be held in the tenancy deposit scheme. Our Landlord lives in Spain but is easily contactable if we ever need anything sorting out.

You will be sharing with 3 guys – all of whom are young professionals working in central London. We are very easy going and catch up with each other in between our busy jobs. Evenings at home are usually spent winding down, chatting or watching TV. Weekends tend to be when we do our own thing, but if we are in together at the weekend we’ll have a chat and catch up (we make a fab Sunday roast).

The area is residential and we are less than 10 minutes’ walk from all three of the lines in West Hampstead – Jubilee Line, Overground and West Hampstead Thameslink. There’s also plenty of buses, meaning it’s excellent to get around.

Alongside plenty of coffee houses, bars and independent shops, there is a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, M&S and a Tesco, all within 10 minutes, with a large Sainsbury’s and Waitrose towards Finchley Road. We’re also only a short walk from Vue cinema and a bus ride from Brent Cross.

The flat is very homely and would suit a professional who is easy going and looking to live in a nice area. Our current flat mate is leaving as he’s moving in with his girlfriend, but he likes this area so much he’s looking at flats nearby.

If you’re interested in coming to have a look round then drop us a message, we are available during the week and will be able to have some viewings at weekends too.

Cian, Ian and Marcos


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Gardening for good

We only advertise jobs with a political dimension over on w4mpjobs, but this role from the human rights organisation Freedom from Torture may appeal to those who’ve had enough of the corridors of Westminster or a dark constituency office – they are looking for a gardener to work 14 hours a week for them.

The purpose of the role is to develop the National Growth Project horticultural work in line with organic and ecological standards and to shape this work around the main principles of horticultural therapy.

The main activities of the role are to have horticultural oversight of the Isledon Road NGP garden and to assist and support the Project and the project workers

The ideal candidate for the role will have the following qualification and skills:

• Qualification in horticulture e.g. Diploma in Horticulture
• Understanding of gardening as a healing process
• Sound experience of organic gardening
• Experience of working with vulnerable adults in a therapeutic setting
• Experience of supporting others in learning about and carrying out gardening activities

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Saba Stefanos, Manager Adult Team on 02076977827.

Contract: Permanent
Part- Time: 14 hrs/week (preferably Wednesdays and Thursdays)
Location: London
Job Ref: R-70

Since 1985 Freedom from Torture has been the only UK human rights organization dedicated to treating and supporting torture survivors who seek refuge in the UK. We do this primarily through psychological therapies but also services which document torture forensically, practical legal and welfare support and creative groups.

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers – as well as thousands of passionate supporters and funders – thousands of torture survivors have been able to rebuild their lives in incredibly difficult circumstances.


Help to organise Millennifest…

Common Vision is looking for Event Volunteers to support an exciting new event series piloting in 2018. MILLENNIFEST ( is all about celebrating and inspiring the young leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow. We have a range of amazing speakers confirmed, including high profile politicians from 5 political parties, social activists and entrepreneurs, social media figures and political commentators.

Volunteers will attend one or more of the following events:

  • Sheffield: Saturday 12th May
  • Birmingham: Saturday 19th May
  • Cardiff: Saturday 26th May
  • London: Saturday 9th June

You will gain hands-on experience of events planning and delivery, and have
the opportunity to gain new skills, meet the speakers, and contribute to something very cool.

The following experience or interests are desirable but not essential:

  • Event organising/ stewarding
  • Digital marketing and social media
  • Vlogging/ blogging
  • Experience of customer service
  • Photograohy or videography skills

For further information or to apply to become a volunteer please email

Flat share wanted

Ref: 2802

We have a new researcher starting in London in June. I am posting this on his behalf but please get in touch with me and I will pass on any messages.

I’m moving to London for a new job in June as a parliamentary researcher and looking for fairly central/connected location to commute into Westminster.

I’m easy going, friendly and enjoy socialising so would love housemates that would enjoy a drink after a long day at work! Looking ideally for 1st June/End of May move in.