What’s on in June?


What’s on in June is now available online for those with access to the parliamentary intranet.

Key events next month include:

  • The Spending Review (5 June): a Library specialist talk focusing on the background to the 2013 Spending Review and the public spending choices facing the Government.
  • Speaker’s School Council Awards (6 June): celebrating and awarding excellence in school councils.
  • Is the Westminster system fit for purpose? (6 June): a lecture chaired by The Rt Hon Baroness Hayman GBE PC, former (and first) Lord Speaker; speakers will include Sir Robert Rogers, Clerk of the House of Commons and Chief Executive, and David Beamish, Clerk of the Parliaments.
  • Deaf Awareness half day workshop (11 June): find out more about deaf people and the way they communicate.
  • 62nd Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice & Procedure (17-21 June): a detailed course aimed at newly-elected Members and newly-appointed Clerks, designed to enhance the capacity of delegates to work more effectively in their legislatures.
  • Drop-in surgeries for Members (18 June): advisory sessions run by the Personnel Advice Service.

For a full list of events happening next month, visit the intranet.

W4MP’s Notices facility is for all with parliamentary email addresses

  • Need a flat/room or got one to let?
  • Items to sell or things you need?
  • Got details of clubs or teams and are looking for new members?
  • Or anything else you think may be of interest to your colleagues?

Then use our Notices facility.  You can submit it here.

Please note that we can only accept notices from those with a current @parliament.uk email address.

If you have just started working at Westminster or in a constituency office and don’t have a parliamentary email address yet, ask a colleague to place a Notice for you.

You can see the current notices here.

Parliamentary Book Club update


Next meeting is Thursday 23 May 12.30pm at the Debate in Portcullis House (moved from Bellamy’s 1 Parliament Street). Look out for the group with books and Kindles…..

Click here to view their website and for links to Radio 4’s Book Club as well.

House of Commons Twitter feed: @HouseofCommons


The House of Commons now has its own dedicated Twitter feed, @HouseofCommons, maintained by the Public Information and Outreach team.

The feed has been live since January and already has over 8,000 followers, including Members of both Houses, political journalists, broadcasters and a wide range of interest groups and NGOs.

@HouseofCommons provides politically impartial news and information on the work of the Commons, with a particular focus on increasing the visibility of work in the Chamber and in Westminster Hall debates. It is also used to respond to queries from other Twitter users about aspects of House of Commons procedure and practice.

Future plans for @HouseofCommons include real-time coverage of Commons divisions and other key events in the parliamentary calendar.

We have already mentioned the Commons Library tweets which are at https://twitter.com/commonslibrary.