Palace of Westminster Lions Club (POWLC) opens membership to all

As part of the inclusivity which Lions International advocates, it seems natural to open to the membership up to everyone who plays a part in the day to day life within the Palace of Westminster. It is an opportunity to create a club in Parliament which is open to all, where service-minded people can meet for open discussion and promotion of good governance and citizenship and to celebrate the achievements of Lions around the world.

Lions Clubs (of which the Palace of Westminster Lions Club is a part) exist across the world and make up the largest and most active voluntary services organisation in the world.

Lions International empowers volunteers to serve their communities, encourage peace, and meet humanitarian needs. Its aim is to be the ‘global leader in community and humanitarian service’ and to meet this aim, clubs are constantly organising and taking part in events for the cultural, social and moral welfare of communities.

Part of the purpose of the Palace of Westminster Lions Club is to act as a figurehead club for the rest of the UK and draw attention to this work and achievements of the Lions UK.

As people across the UK look to Parliament to lead society, it is felt that the POWLC can promote the values of fairness, responsibility and understanding and obviously the more members we have the more effective we can be at this aim.

To join this club, please email Alec Shelbrooke MP:

To find out about the first POWLC competition:

For more information on Lions International:

Getstats Seminar Invitation, 4 December 2012 (6-7pm)

Past marks: what’s happening to the statistical database for schools in England, as academies and free schools grow and local education authorities retreat?

Do we have good enough data and statistics for schools in England? With the growth of academies and free schools and the retreat of local authorities, the educational landscape is breaking up. Is there a danger of losing vital intelligence about pupils and performance?

Lord Lipsey, on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Statistics, invites you to a seminar to give MPs, peers and their staff a chance to talk and learn about statistics in action.


We are bringing together experts in education policy and data to ask whether we have enough data and statistics about schooling – to satisfy parents, employers, researchers, and ministers and MPs.

Professor Lorraine Dearden – works jointly at theInstitute ofEducation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Myles Hannon – Head of Education with SASUK, the leading provider of software and RSS getstats’ partner in this series of seminars; and

Jonathan Sharples – Manager of Partnerships at the Institute for Effective Education (IEE),University ofYork.

Seminar details:

Tuesday 4 December, 5.30pm (light refreshments) for 6-7pm followed by a reception, Macmillan Room, 1st floor, Portcullis House.

If you would like to attend the seminar, please contact Nitin Mehta ( by 30 November.

This event is organised by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) in association with SAS UK and Ireland with the support of the House of Commons Library and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Statistics.


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Parliament open day for constituency-based staff – March 2013

Members’ staff based in the constituency are invited to attend a Parliamentary Open day on Tuesday 12 March 2013.

The day begins with an optional guided tour of the Palace of Westminster or the Parliamentary Archives and is then split into two sessions; a morning session of talks from House representatives, and an exhibition of House services in the afternoon with the opportunity to network with other Members’ staff. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Further information is available on the intranet.

Places are limited and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Those wishing to attend should send an email to Laurie Atkinson at providing the following information:

  • Name of staff member
  • Contact email and telephone number
  • Constituency
  • Preference for tour*: Palace of Westminster or Parliamentary Archives or neither
  • Access and/or dietary requirements (if any).

*please note that those wishing to take part in a tour are required to arrive no later than 8.40am.