How to Survive Your First Ten
revised: 5 January 2004
done! Some people try for years to get a job with an MP and here you are.
You have entered your office for the first time, the phones are ringing,
the second delivery of post has just arrived and an inexplicably grating
bell is beginning to give you a migraine. Perhaps your MP is there,
oblivious that you don't know where to start and waiting for you to make
all the confusion go away.
Don't panic. In
your first ten days, you'll be doing a lot of fire fighting - reacting to
events and circumstances that seem strange to you but everyone else seems
to be taking in their stride. This guide encourages you to take a step
back and do certain task in those first ten days that will make all the
days after that run a little more smoothly.
panic. Imagine you are entering a jungle, an alien land full of bizarre
practices and mysterious ways. Finding your way around can take years -
but fear not - others have trod these paths before, and survived. The
locals, so it is said, are largely friendly - once you learn their
language and adopt their strange customs.
guide is aimed not just at the staff of Members who are working in
Westminster; much also applies to staff in the constituencies. If you do
work in a constituency office, make sure that you get in a visit to the
Houses of Parliament early on in your career. Persuade your boss that you
can't do your job properly until you have attended an Induction Day, done
the library tour, attended a PDVN course, and have seen, and can therefore
properly describe to enquiring constituents, the key places on the
Parliamentary Estate. Interested? Skip to the end, it's especially for
"Wrestle the Members' Handbook from your boss and become familiar, at least, with what it covers, even if you dont read it all."
Members' Handbook: This is a guide to all the services provided by
Departments of the House of Commons and includes loads of essential
telephone numbers. If your MP hasn't got a hard copy (the Fourth edition -
April 2001), an on-line version
on the Parliamentary
is almost complete (as at January 2004) on the next edition of the Members’
Handbook - in a revised format. A hardcopy version probably won’t appear until immediately
after the next election but you should be able to see it on-line "early
in 2004"; watch for an announcement on the Intranet.
. Work is almost complete (as at January 2004) on the next edition of the Members’ Handbook - in a revised format. A hardcopy version probably won’t appear until immediately after the next election but you should be able to see it on-line "early in 2004"; watch for an announcement on the Intranet.
The Palace of Westminster Telephone Directory: If there isn't a copy in your office, ring 020 7219 5270 for one. This is not publicly available and the contents should be treated as confidential. The latest hardcopy edition is May 2003 and there's a parliamentary intranet version on the Parliamentary Intranet
information in this guide is subject to change, so please let us know of
any updating we need to make by using the website's Feedback Form.
What resulted when the House tried to abolish the top hat worn in divisions?They decided to have two top hats available instead of one!
When working in
the Palace, one of the things you immediately notice is the number of
overtly armed Police. Of course they are there to protect you but it can
be somewhat disconcerting to work in an environment protected with guns.
One thing you don't want to do is give them cause to stop you
unnecessarily - you never know if there is some hidden back room with a
hard wooden chair and a bright light, under which you are held and
interrogated for days under the Terrorism Act.
So the first
thing you need is your security pass. Two weeks ago you had the foresight,
of course, to fill in an application form for your photo identity pass and
to get the form signed by your MP. Now all you need to know is where to
find it. (You haven't applied yet? Ring the Pass Administration Office on
020 7219 5915 or 5920 for a form or fetch one from 1 Canon Row.) The Pass
Office is open from 8am to 6pm except during recess (phone beforehand to
confirm times as they are subject to change). Before you go, ring 020 7219
5915 to make sure that your form has been security checked, and that the
pass is ready to collect. Take your passport or birth certificate plus one
other form of ID.
get there, head up towards Whitehall from Parliament Square and turn right
at Derby Gate. Walk down the short hill and enter the security area
through the gateway. Getting your pass takes a few minutes, as they
need to take your photo. You should be able to take it away with you to
Your first name is Jacqueline or Michael but everyone calls you "Jackie" or "Mike".
Ask the Pass Office to put your preferred name on the Pass.
Before they remember your name, everyone you meet will be either obviously or discreetly attempting to read it from your pass - make sure you are prettified and prepared to have a photo taken when you go to the Pass Office.
The pass office is also where you go to get a temporary pass when you have left yours at home. Be nice to the staff there - you never know when you might need their co-operation in future.
Once you have
your pass, walk back up towards Whitehall, turn left and after 70 metres
enter the building on your left marked 1 Parliament Street. Use your pass
to go through the strange circular capsules (they're safe, although there
are rumours of an elder statesman having a scary moment after one dinner
too many!) and walk straight ahead. Beyond the stairs is an Issue Office
(also known as a Vote Office), where you can collect any current Commons
papers that you need.
Now go up to
the first floor, have a bite to eat in Bellamy's cafeteria and treat
yourself to something from the shop. You deserve it! The
is only opened annually in the run up to Christmas but gifts can be
purchased or ordered through the cafeteria. Then, go down two
floors and walk through to Portcullis House. Have a look at some of the
facilities there: for example, the Post Office, e-Library and eating
the official definition of where you can use your pass: "Members'
staff are authorised by their photo identity pass to enter areas of the
Palace and outbuildings which are not accessible to the public. These do
not include the Chamber and surrounding areas when the House is sitting or
areas and rooms reserved for Members only." That's a bit thin on
detail so ask your colleagues or anyone you come across. You really only
learn by trial and error. For information on which refreshment facilities
you can use and when, look at Day Five.
"You will need to be prepared to use
plenty of your
You now have four options for the rest of your first day:
Hazard a guess when smoking was banned
Parliamentary Estate, particularly the Palace itself, is quite confusingly
laid out and even after some years you can find yourself in an unfamiliar
place once in a while. Now you may book yourself on a tour but such things
generally stick to the "Line of Route" - an official tour that is
really targeted at tourists and does not take into account the needs of
someone working in the Palace. We suggest you find your way into the Palace
and seek out these places, which you may find useful in future. Ask directions
from attendants as you go.
You don't have to do this whole list or in this order but it will give you a good idea of the layout of the Palace, the Commons in particular. To help you, several maps of the parliamentary estate are to be found on the Parliamentary Intranet
Once you are tucked up after an exhausting days exploration dont forget to read Section 2 of the new Members' Handbook: "The Parliamentary Estate". Essential reading.
There's also a comprehensive basic "Introduction to Parliament" on the public parliamentary website (on the intERnet) as well as on the parliamentary intRAnet. Click here for full information.
"There are corridors in the Houses of Parliament that no-ones been down since Gladstones time. The trick is to explore at every possible opportunity. Then, when you are asked to take something to the Members' Letter Board or Whips' office, youll have a rough idea which way to go."
Without your telephone and email you will be alone. The Parliamentary Communications Directorate is your friend and you will find you are calling their extension (2001) whenever you have a problem. PCD offers a wide range of services to Members and their staff, principally within the Palace of Westminster, but also at what they like to call - significantly - "remote" locations: that's anywhere outside the parliamentary estate but you in the constituency, mainly.
"Work out how to use the voicemail. It allows you to go to the loo without thinking you will miss the downfall of the Government "
PCD, you can organise voicemail training and it is worth doing. You can set
up your voicemail so that it alerts your mobile when you have a new message.
At the earliest
possible date book on a PDVN course. More acronyms - sorry. This one stands
for the Parliamentary Data and Video Network. Book by ringing 020 7219 2001.
Do it now! You can make your booking before you start your job and,
given that there's often a three week waiting list, you are strongly advised
to do this.
Attendance on the
course is obligatory before you can connect to the PDVN for the first time.
Once you have completed the PDVN training you can have your own email
address; you have to admit that firstname.lastname@example.org has a certain ring to
it! Armed with a username and password, you have access to it (and the whole
Parliamentary Intranet, as well as other facilities) at no cost. This is an
important point. The access number for the Email and Intranet is a free 0800
number. If you are paying to use a private company to access your Email or
the Internet you are wasting money - the same money that could be used for
next year's pay rise! Also, if you are in based in the constituency, ask PCD
about broadband access and the Virtual Private Network.
See the excellent
Research Paper (RP 01/88) "Members' office costs - the new
system" for details of the new arrangements for central provision
of IT equipment. Available from the Commons Library, or via the
This is what the opening page of the Parliamentary Intranet looks like: (as at 16 December 2003).
around the buildings on DAY TWO, today you need to find your way around the Intranet.
There is an enormous amount of information available and like the Palace,
the best way of getting familiar with it is to explore. Here's a list of
things to find - Good luck!
Some are available on
the public website, http://www.parliament.uk,
but not all.
If you are having
problems with "remote" access, our advice is to keep trying,
despite the some lingering frustrations and delays.
PCD have a continuing programme of improving access for remote users; ask
them about it.
One more essential tool, which you should have get hold of on Day One: the Palace of Westminster Telephone Directory. It's full of all the numbers you could ever want. You didn't get it? Ring 020 7219 5270 - now! But remember that this directory is not publicly available and the contents should be treated as confidential. The latest hardcopy edition is May 2003 and there's a parliamentary intranet version on the Parliamentary Intranet.
Oh, and a little light reading for tonight: Section 6 of the revised Members' Handbook on "Support Services".
Some people in some Departments of the House have a reputation for being a little less than helpful to the staff of MPs. But the truth is that there are lots of VERY helpful people at Westminster whose purpose is to make your life easier. Top of the list, naturally, is the Library - but they are not alone.
"Number one rule is to
speak kindly to everyone.
certainly, you will have met some of these already, but here's a list of key
people and places you should locate early on. More are listed in Day Eight.
Your first visit should be to your own Party's support office. Look in the Westminster Phone Directory and ask for a convenient time to be shown round. The Parliamentary Labour Party Resource Centre is reputed to be based in the office where Cromwell signed the death warrant of Charles I.
The Government and Opposition Whips' offices are located off the Members' Lobby.
Vote Office (or
This is the name given to the places where you can pick up copies of the mountains of bumph generated by both Houses of Parliament: Hansard, Order Papers, Bills, Government publications - the list is endless. The main office has a window in the Members' Lobby but also with access from the Lower Ground Floor so you can get to it when the Members' Lobby is off-limits for you. Other "Issue Offices" are in 7 Millbank, 1 Parliament Street, Norman Shaw North and Portcullis House. Main phone number for ordering items is: 020 7219 3631.
Off the Central Lobby, apply here for Strangers' Gallery tickets and for Line of Route Special Permits when you are organising tours for constituents. They have good information leaflets.
and Message Boards
Do not remove messages yourself; ask if you see your MP's light on, indicating there is a message for her/him. The Members' Post Office is just behind the Message Board.
"I clearly remember asking on my first day whether there was a handbook of rules because I had fallen foul of about five just getting to the meeting. "No," I was told, "there isnt because nobody knows all the rules and if we wrote one we couldnt make up any more rules on-the-spot when needed".
Most ailments can be presented to the Nurse in the Medical Room, which is at the North West corner of the Lower Waiting Hall.
Serjeant at Arms
This Department is responsible for many activities you'll need to know about (booking rooms, passes, accommodation, communications) so they are worth getting to know. Their helpline is 020 7219 5555 or visit them down steps beyond the Admission Order Office. Ask for copies of their leaflets; see the list on the Serjeant's website
Story time tonight? You guessed it: part of Section 10 of the new Members' Handbook, tantalisingly entitled "Departments of the House", on the Clerk of the House and the Serjeant at Arms.
facilities for Members' staff are good and relatively cheap,
despite the threat in late 2003 of price increases. Not as good as for Members themselves, you understand, but
there's a good choice and it is available somewhere at almost any time of
day. It seems that MPs have special eating habits which lesser mortals might
find upsetting so provision has been made for them to eat in segregated
areas into which you may not go...not unless one of them invites you, that
is. By now you will have done enough exploring of the Westminster Jungle so
we don't need to spoon-feed you with maps.
At some stage
each morning, you will have to decide where to eat at lunchtime. All of the
venues are self-service set-ups with vegetarian choices and most have
non-smoking areas. All get busy at "normal" feeding times and the
arrangements are different during the recess; detailed information,
including menus, can be found on the Refreshment Department site
on the Parliamentary Intranet.
Also in Section 8 of the Members' Handbook. The Department has also
published a small but comprehensive 16-page leaflet entitled "Services
of the Refreshment Department". Get a copy by ringing 020 7219
5303; it's very useful.
Be aware that the number of guests you can take changes with the day (Mondays and Fridays can be more forgiving), time of day (don't even think about it between 12 pm and 2 pm) and whether the House is in recess. You should check before you go as the policy is enforced quite rigidly. Look out for the rare special announcements that mean you can take guests on to the Terrace for a meal or even take a partner to the exceptional Churchill Room.
A new secretary, Miss Green,
was left with a party of 32
schoolchildren when her MP was called to an unexpected meeting. "What on earth shall I do with them?" she asked an older
colleague who shared her room.
Cafeteria (also known as the Strangers' Cafeteria).
Check out the adjacent Souvenir Shop while you there.
Located on the Ground Floor (same floor as the Terrace - where you can only go during recess, unless taken by an MP), it is much used by House staff and Members' staff as well as by MPs, who eat in a segregated area, as mentioned earlier. It's open from 9.30 am until the Rising of the House.
Check out the adjacent Souvenir Shop while you there.
If you find this well kept secret on your first try you can collect your Advanced Explorers Badge. Opens very early - I'm not even sure how early but I have been there at 7.30am for a fry-up.
This is on the first floor of 1 Parliament Street and is much used by Members' staff. Open from 8.30am to 8.30pm (3.15 pm on Fridays) serving a good range of meals and snacks.
former Chancellor of the Exchequer is rumoured to have got stuck
Cafeteria in 7 Millbank
Open 9am - 6pm (3.15 pm on Fridays). Vending facility on the 3rd floor as well. The Millbank Room is a brasserie style restaurant on the 6th floor of 7 Millbank and is now open to all permanent photo-pass holders with up to 3 guests and to temporary photo-pass holders without guests.
The two excellent eating places are: the debate (self-service) and the adjournment (brasserie style - restricted access). In addition, the despatch box offers snacks and drinks.
reading is Section 8 of the Members' Handbook (2001 edition):
"Refreshment facilities". Your boss is bound to be asked one day
to host meals or receptions and you are the person who will have to do the
legwork. At first sight it's an administrative nightmare, but persevere;
contact the helpful staff of the Refreshment Department, and all will become
time to get your first sight of the locals in their natural habitat and much
the best way to do this is to find a friendly one to give you a tour of the
Palace of Westminster.
are a good many maps available of the parliamentary estate and the various
A full list, updated early in 2003, is available
on the Parliamentary Intranet.
Until you have access to the Parliamentary Intranet (see Day
Three) you will
only be able to see the two overall maps of the parliamentary estate which
are on the public Parliament website; try this page: http://www.parliament.uk/commons/lib/faxmap.pdf
for the black and white version.
introduction to the Palace is to walk what's called "The Line of
Route". With a copy of "Guide to the Line of Route through the
Houses of Parliament" from the Serjeant at Arms office you can walk the
route yourself. Best done before 1pm.
The supply of these Guides is now dwindling but well worth having if
you can get a copy.
Periodically, a hawk is brought into Portcullis House to hunt rats and pigeons.
For the last year
or so, the rather informal arrangements to pay doorkeepers in their time off
for conducting tours was replaced with a Central Tours Office - a brief
explanation is on the Serjeant
at Arms website.
You can telephone the CTO on x3003 to book a tour and they will provide you
with all the information you need including printed material about the
architecture, history etc of the Palace.
When you manage to get on a tour, ask your guide to point out useful
things like the Members' Post Office, Vote Office, Admission Order Office,
Committee Rooms, etc. as you go and also get him/her to explain where you
hold of a copy, too, of the Serjeant at Arms Dept’s leaflet “Regulations
It’s available on the intranet
and is currently (January 2004) being updated so ask for the latest version.
There's also a comprehensive basic "Introduction to Parliament" on the public parliamentary website at: http://www.parliament.uk/works/index.cfm (on the intERnet) as well as on the parliamentary intranet
Take care to
knock on the doors of your neighbours and introduce yourself.
Once you are
tucked up after an exhausting day's exploration don't forget to read Section
2 of the new Members' Handbook: "The Parliamentary Estate".
The House of Commons
Library is your friend and the staff there are among the most helpful and
professional you will ever meet.
understated and needs expressing again. The Library is your best friend and will
save your life. When your MP gives you three hours to write a speech on
"Retentions in the Construction Industry" or something else outside
the field of your expertise, it is the Library that will make you look like a
Take a look a look at
these two documents from the Library:
"On no account miss the Commons Library tour. An hour and a half spent there early on will save you weeks of work over the years."
Tours for staff last
from an hour to 90 minutes and can cater for up to six people at a time. The
tour covers the Current Affairs Room, the Official Publications Library, rules
and regulations for users of the Library, limitations on the services provided,
a guide to what's in each room, time with a research clerk, electronic resources
and time for questions and answers. Although the tours are mainly for
researchers, they are also suitable for staff who deal principally with the MP's
casework. Book the tour by ringing the Current Affairs Room on 020 7219 6767.
And where is it?
Well, remember your first terrifying day collecting your pass? "...head up
towards Whitehall from Parliament Square and turn right at Derby Gate..."
The first door on the right leads you into the Library. The sign over the door
reads: "No. 1 Derby Gate". There's also a basement entrance accessible
from 1 Parliament Street. Sorry about all the hype but really, honest, you won't
regret that 90 minutes.
And while you are in
that neck of the woods go and see.....
The Information Office answers enquiries from the public and they are happy to receive questions by telephone (on 020 7219 4272), email (email@example.com) or letter. They are responsible, too, for the sixty or more Commons Factsheets on the workings, history, membership etc. of the House. They are located in Room 606 on the 6th floor of Norman Shaw North but it would be wise to give Bryn Morgan a ring first on 020 7219 0633 before your visit.
List of Ministerial
This essential book lists all Government Ministers, details of the areas for which they are responsible, phone numbers, etc. You can order it from the Cabinet Office Secretariat by ringing 020 7276 2452. You can also collect copies from one of the Vote Offices on the parliamentary estate or phone 020 7219 3631 for a copy to be sent to your constituency office. You cannot do without it! It is available online at: http://www.knowledgenetwork.gov.uk/elmr/minister.nsf which has the advantage of being updated regularly to reflect Ministerial changes.
the part of Section 10 of the Members' Handbook about the "Department of
the Library", lead you to your dreams tonight.
All this hard work and not a mention of any rewards. Well while you're at your desk, it's finally time to look at your pay, but be prepared for a few surprises. If you had come on this expedition with visions of gold spurring you on, the following comment gives you a flavour of the reality as it has been until July 2001.
"Many MPs are frustrated that adequate public funds are not available for them to pay a decent wage to their research and secretarial staff."
The old arrangement,
whereby MPs received circa £50,000 a year to run their offices and pay staff
salaries, always created a conflict between pay and equipment. This £50,000 is
called the Office Cost Allowance (OCA) and had to cover salaries, phone bills,
equipment, rent, stationery, training, etc.
You need to
understand that the 659 MPs are really 659 very small separate businesses and
this can create a culture of isolation, particularly for constituency-based
staff. Outside Westminster there is precious little contact between offices and,
despite the best efforts of the T&GWU branch (see more information below) to
represent the interests of MPs' staff, we are only very recently (July 2001)
moving towards a universally recognised pay scale.
The old arrangements for funding MPs' office costs, including staff salaries, were radically changed in a vote on the recommendations of the Senior Salaries Review Body Report in July 2001. The Speaker's Advisory Panel has produced job descriptions and salary scales for Members' staff.
costs - the new system". This is the title of an excellent and
comprehensive new Research Paper (number 01/88) from the House of Commons
Not only does the paper set out the details of the new arrangements, but it also
gives some interesting history on the OCA. If you are struggling to grasp
the new set-up you need this research paper. It is beautifully clear.
You will also find helpful the related papers on "Parliamentary Pay, Allowances and Pensions: the Reviews of 2001" (RP 01/86 - and "Parliamentary Pay and Allowances: the current rates" (RP 01/87 - . All these Research Papers are available from the Library; see for comprehensive lists.
"Many political wannabes are happy to work for a short period of time on a low income at the House of Commons. However, it is wrong for MPs (from all parties) to have to regularly exploit this source of goodwill and cheap labour."
it's not all gloom. As a member of staff, you are entitled to a 10%
non-contributory pension with either AXA or Norwich Union. Contact Neil Crawley
on x5973 in Finance & Administration and set it up now. This is one of those
things that can be on a things to do list for six months - so don't delay.
If you are incurring
travel costs in connection with your job, make sure you know how to claim them
and don't forget to use your MP's annual allocation of nine return trips by
staff from the constituency to Westminster. You should have a job description
and contract of employment by now, but have a look at the "official"
specimen contracts and job descriptions; on the Finance and Administration
intranet pages at: http://cfinw01/fanda/pmatters/pas/persmp.htm
- under “Contracts of Employment” or in our own
When you first apply
for a parliamentary pass, renew your pass, or change your sponsor you will be
given a registration form to complete by the Pass Office. A Resolution of the
House requires that you register: (1) any relevant paid employment you are
engaged in outside Parliament, and (2) gifts or other benefits which
relate to your work in Parliament. See our Guide, Setting up the Office section
2.8, for full details on your responsibilities. For more detailed information
and advice, have
a look at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmsecret/memi01.htm
The Fees Office is
the place to turn for initial advice on all matters financial. Get a copy of
their Green Book and the Quick Guide; ring 020 7219 1592 and ask for copies to
be sent to you. These contain financial information about staff as well as MPs
and also list Help Numbers under various headings: Salaries, Pensions,
Additional Costs Allowance, Office Costs Allowance, Travel etc. Click here
for more information on both the Green Book and the Quick Guide.
The most active Union
for MPs staff is the Transport & General Workers Union, with cross-party
membership and you can contact them by ringing Anne Humbles on 020 7219 6368 or
Kevin Flack on 020 7219 6273. See more information under the Representation
pages on the website. Most of the political parties have staff support networks.
Get in touch with your party's support office; look them up in the Palace of
Westminster Telephone Directory.
The Secretaries' and
Assistants' Council, again with cross-party membership, seeks to represent the
concerns of MPs' staff. Contact Peter Vines on 020 7219 4591. For more
information see the website's Representation pages.
reading material for tonight: of course it has to be all about the
"Department of Finance and Administration", which you will find, as
ever, in Section 10 of the April 2001 edition of the Members' Handbook.
so you cheated and read this on Day One. Just for those (few) patient ones
amongst you, here are the bars you can use within the Parliamentary Estate. The
hours vary but, generally, they remain open while the House is sitting and at
more restricted times during the recess. You can get alcohol and a selection of
other drinks in all the cafeterias mentioned on Day Five, of course. There are
plenty of other pubs and bars around Westminster but you will, no doubt,
discover those for yourself.
"Warning to those who intend to use the roof terrace for romantic assignations: since security levels increased in the palace, CCTV on the roof is now monitored regularly. At least one amorous couple has had their tryst interrupted by the police. Also, such activities can be easily observed from the south side of the 6th floor of Portcullis House."
In 1 Parliament Street, across the landing from the cafeteria. The bar has satellite TV and there are separate smoking and non-smoking lounges. Open 12 noon until Rise of House or 11pm, whichever is earlier. Closes 3.30 pm on Fridays.
Past the Churchill Room on the Ground Floor; right, then left. Good spot for a quiet drink.
Sports & Social Club's Hop Inn is near the Peers' Inner Court (go and
search!), but you need to be a member. Cost is £5 a year and, besides having a
bar, they arrange outings, evening events, Christmas Dinner/Dance etc. Ring 020
Run out of cash with all these new-found temptations? You can restock your purse/wallet in three places: one a few yards from the entrance to the Terrace Cafeteria, a second near the Lords Bar and a third next to the Post Office in Portcullis House.
No, really! This indispensable facility is next to the cash machines by the Terrace Cafeteria.
It’s next to the tights machine.
charging and Paracetamol
Dispensers for both these essential items are also available in the same location. Pampered, aren't you!
The Lord Chancellor hired a new Research
Neil McManus, and told him to report for
work at 09:30 in the Central Lobby. Seeing him at the desk, the bewigged and
begowned noble Lord called out "Neil!"
Book at Bedtime? Members' Handbook - Section 5 on
Many MPs decide to
have most of their support workers based in the constituency, with perhaps just
a part-time researcher based at Westminster. The consequence of this is that
constituency workers are very often isolated and find it hard to speak
authoritatively about a Westminster they have never, or rarely, visited.
If you are constituency-based and responsible for booking tours, arranging Strangers' Gallery tickets, booking rooms for meetings, you need to have seen what you are talking about to do the job properly. Furthermore, you can't even access the Parliamentary Intranet or use the email facility unless you have travelled to Westminster and done the PDVN course.
"You must pay a two-day
visit to Westminster as
is a telescoped version of Days One to Nine, designed for constituency workers
visiting Westminster. It can be done in two days, with some careful
pre-planning. PDVN courses and the Library tours are at set times and Line of
Route tours are mornings only, except on Sitting Fridays, so you need to work
this all out quite precisely in order to fit it all in. Go for it. Demand
it! You can't do the job without it. The constituents will cope
without you for a couple of days. They will, really! And don't forget that
MPs are entitled to nine travel vouchers a year for their staff. Use one of
them. In advance, contact everyone you know who works in Parliament to let them
know you are around and to ask if any particular events are going on.
Or, if you really want to be looked after, book yourself onto one of the Induction Days.
THE FIRST DAY
(we suggest you use the links to DAYS ONE to NINE as shown)
(we suggest you use the links to DAYS ONE to NINE as shown)
THE SECOND DAY
See Day Seven.
See Day Five.
See Day Three.
See Day Five.
schedule above is just a suggestion. Construct your own two-day programme using
these ideas plus others you like the look of in Days One to Nine. Then when you
get back home, log on to www.working4anmp.org.uk
and use the website's Feedback Form
to give us your views and suggestions.
This Induction Guide was fully revised by Alex Hilton in January 2004.
As we've said before, much of the
information is subject to change and revision, so please let us know of
any updating we need to make by using the website's Feedback Form.