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Parliament is a serious place, and the Palace of Westminster and constituency offices are filled with hard-working, dedicated professionals engaged in the important business of running the country.  Yet even the most committed need time for rest and recuperation, space to kick back and unwind, and opportunities to take a sideways look at their workplace, employers and even their political masters.

This is the place for staff who are looking for something less serious and rather more entertaining than the average guide to best practice.

We hope you enjoy these guides as much as we do.

The Guides

Alt Guides


While we’re moving to the new server, here’s the list again.

Sally’s diary’

Don’t panic! – Sally’s guide to taking your MP out for the day 24 January 2012

A cuckoo in the duck island - 16 November 2011

 

‘Livia’s Diary’

Chapter One – Trench Warfare - 24 October 2011

Chapter Two – Who You Gonna Call? - 15 December 2011

Chapter Three – Valentine’s Day Massacre - 2 March 2012

Chapter Four – May the Pasty Be With You - 10 April 2012

 

‘Jenny’s’ guides

A Lords Love Story….and Monorail - 1 March 2011

A quiet Christmas wish – Dr Who is back at Westminster! - 21 December 2010

Something strange in the constituency…. - 13 October 2010

Food glorious….how much? - 27 August 2010

Murder Mystery Hangover - 10 August 2010

 

‘Harper Pepperswitch’s’ guides

To the constituency and beyond. The revenge of Jim Poole MP? - 29 December 2010

HP’s 2010 Conference Diary - 20 October 2010

Seven Symptoms of Recess - 14 September 2010

Parliamentary events: what to do and how not to do it - 13 July 2010

Protesters, Pugin and Port – Harper’s first day in Parliament - 7 June 2010

 

‘Dean Trench’s’ guides

Dean Trench revisited - 27 May 2011

Dean Trench 1979 – 2010    R.I.P.

24 March 2010

How to carry bags at Party Conference   or   How to keep the boss sweet and manage the madness - 8 September 2009

You may be in a political drama if…. – Hot new guidance from our own Dean Trench - 4 August 2009

What kind of MP do you work for? – A reference guide for bag-carriers - 1 July 2009

Handling the Media – what you’ve always wanted to know about the Fourth Estate but were afraid to ask - 16 June 2009

The Ten Commandments – if they were written by bag-carriers for MPs - 26 May 2009

Where angels fear to tread – A guide to managing your MP’s new enthusiasm for the internet - 1 April 2009

The top ten most annoying things your MP will do – A guide for March - 18 March 2009

He’s just not that into you – A guide to love and loss when working for an MP - 26 February 2009

The Six Stages of Bag-carrying - 14 November 2008

Organising a Meeting in Parliament - 22 October 2008

The Conference Season Cometh - 28 September 2008

Tips and Hints for Recess - 30 July 2008

Dropping a Clanger: surviving the fallout - 29 May 2008

Ten Phrases Every Bag-Carrier Needs to Fear - 29 April 2008

Bag-carriers translated - 28 February 2008

What Kind of Intern Are You? - 28 January 2008

Bag-carriers on strike! - 16 October 2007

MP Translator: What they say, what you are supposed to hear. - Updated: 7 October 2007

Your First Ten Days: the bag-carrier’s guide - 3 September 2007

 

‘Clare Romney’s’ guides

10 things you should NEVER let your Member of Parliament do – Part Three: 
The Things that are just mad, bad and wrong!
 - 16 June 2008

10 things you should NEVER let your Member of Parliament do – Part Two: 
Your MP’s brilliant ideas to raise their profile – what every bag-carrier needs to fear.
 - 21 January 2008

10 things you should NEVER let your Member of Parliament do - Part One: 
Helping’ out with things that are clearly beyond them.
 - 26 November 2007

 

Hoby’s cartoons

An occasional cartoon about life as a bag-carrier Latest: 1 May 2012

The W4MP Advent Calendar - 1-24 December 2009

 

Other guides of an altguide-ish persuasion

Parliamentary Assistant – The Truth Will Out! - 19 March 2012

Favourite Parliamentary Moment of 2011 - 19 December 2011

12 months in a constituency office; in a cupboard with snow-shoes, street-lights & election frenzy - by PR18 January 2010

12 months at Westminster; the obstacle course - by HU2 January 2010

A researcher’s guide to speechwriting - by ‘Joe Connor’12 January 2009

 

Got your own ideas?

If you’d care to add to the pile of stuff to read, do get in touch.

 


This page was last updated on 1 May 2012