In just two minutes of reading time a week, subscribers can get a good idea of the issues that politicians are set to debate, much of which is not covered in the mainstream media.
The newsletter goes out every Sunday, allowing enough time for people to write to their MPs if they want them to vote a certain way. Clear the Lobby has won praise from other political transparency projects like MySociety, which runs TheyWorkForYou.
Parliament’s annual recruitment fair will take place on Thursday 19 April in Westminster Hall from 3pm – 7pm.
As spaces are limited, tickets must be booked in advance. Please contact Visit Parliament by email or call 020 7219 4114. Pass holders do not need a ticket.
There will be stalls from departments across both Houses. If you have volunteered to act as a departmental representative, a short meeting will be scheduled nearer to the time to run through any final questions.
Do you enjoy singing but feel you don’t have time?
Did you know there is a choir at Westminster?
We meet for 2 hours every Monday evening in the Chapel Undercroft, so it is the perfect way to relax after a hard day’s work. We are a very friendly group of all ages made up of House staff, Parliamentary staff, MPs and Peers. But rank and position are left at the door. All that matters is a love of choral singing.
We usually put on two or three concerts each year at venues close to the House. We work closely with the wonderful Southbank Sinfonia which is made up of a constantly changing group of exciting young professional musicians. We even have an annual trip to a music festival in Tuscany. What is not to like?!
We welcome all pass-holders and it is fine to come for a few weeks to see if you enjoy it before joining formally. So come and find us. Or make contact with our Secretary, Diana Thompson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WebRoots Democracy has an event on 20 February that may be of interest – see https://nvite.com/eb/42455897733
Intersectional Suffrage: A focus on the women that didn’t get the vote in 1918.
2018 marks the centenary of the first women in the UK being allowed to vote. The 1918 Representation of the People Act allowed women over the age of 30 to vote provided they were university graduates, had certain property rights, or were married to men who had certain property rights. Ten years later, the 1928 Representation of the People Act provided electoral equality, allowing all women over the age of 21 to vote, regardless of property rights.
Join us on the 20th of February as we learn more about the women who were denied the vote in 1918 and to explore current voting behaviour and political representation across class, gender, and ethnic divides in 2018.
Dawn Butler MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities Cllr Abena Oppong Asare – London Borough of Bexley and Labour Women’s Network Neema Begum – PhD Researcher (Ethnicity and Voting Behaviour), University of Bristol Rachael Gibbons – Programme Lead (Working Class Heroes), RECLAIM Project
Chair: Fahmida Rahman – WebRoots Democracy
Further speakers to be announced.
Spaces are limited and your name will need to be on the guestlist in order to attend.
You are invited to take part in EqualiTeas (18 June-2 July 2018) a UK-wide celebration of our democratic equality that will mark the 90th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1928 in which all people were given the right to vote on an equal basis.
Hold an event or activity
Anyone can hold an EqualiTeas party! Your EqualiTeas event or activity can take any form you would like. It can be big or small, private or public, inside or out! As long as it brings your community together to explore what equality means to people. Pop on the kettle, make a cup of your favourite brew, and have a chat about why you value equality and what it means to you.
Free EqualiTeas pack
Register your EqualiTeas event today and receive a free event pack which includes:
• tablecloth board game
• pack of debate cards
• party banner
• selfie placard
• cookie cutter and recipe card
We have 4000 packs to be claimed, register for yours before they have gone.
Who we are
EqualiTeas has been developed by the Houses of Parliament as part of its Education and Engagement Service. It is part of Vote 100 which marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote for the first time: the Representation of the People Act 1918.
In November, the Prime Minister convened a cross-party Working Group to establish a new independent complaints and grievance procedure, in response to reports of sexual harassment and bullying in parliament.
The group’s report was published today and can be read on the Parliament website. It has attracted a lot of press coverage:
100 years ago Parliament passed The Representation of the People Act, which gave the first women and all men the right to vote. To celebrate, Parliament have created ‘Your Story Our History’, three short films focusing on laws that have contributed to women’s rights and continued to empower them.
POST has published a list, setting out the topic areas identified of possible parliamentary interest under the 9 different category headings (Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Forestry, Crime, Defence, Education and Skills, Energy, Environment, Health, ICT and Robotics and Transport and Infrastructure).
Where relevant this list will inform the deliberations of the POST Board on POST’s future work programme until it is updated or replaced by future horizon scanning activities. This list of issues was initially identified from academic papers and grey literature as having an impact on public policy, and then peer reviewed to focus on those topic areas of most interest, and then narrowed to those considered to be the highest priority through a workshop with parliamentary staff.