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Since it began in 2000 w4mp has commissioned an extensive collection is a of guides to good practice to provide you with advice and support in carrying out the main activities expected of you in your job.
Most guides are written by staff working for MPs; some originate from various House Departments or our good friends in the House of Commons Library.
Guides are constantly being revised and updated so if you do print a guide out please remember to check back from time to time to see if changes have been made.
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The Balfour Project seeks an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on justice and equal rights. Acknowledging Britain’s continuing historical responsibilities, it works through popular education and advocacy to persuade the British Government to recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel and uphold equal rights. Following a successful pilot last academic year,…
The House of Commons has produced a briefing for Members about the changes made to ensure that the parliamentary estate is a COVID-19 secure workplace. Any staff who can work remotely should continue to do so, rather than returning to the estate, or their constituency offices. You can view the briefing here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/Members%20Pack_June%202020_V2.pdf For more…
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The Hotlines List was updated on 20 August 2020. Please bookmark the list, and don’t download or print it. We have received complaints that people are using out-of-date information, because they are either saving or printing out the list, instead of accessing the current version on the intranet. Please go here to see the new…
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The NFU are running a ‘love your countryside’ photo competition for parliamentary staffers where the winner will receive a Great British Food Hamper, which includes a bottle of English wine, a selection of cheeses, pies, truffles and fudge; the runner-up will also receive a hamper of delectable British goodies. To enter, please send the following…
It’s been brought to our attention that several MPs have received a message in their Facebook notifications, saying that their page has been reported and asking them to click on a link to ‘repair’ their page. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK! This is a known scam and could result in malware being downloaded to…
Our office supplier, Banner, has published a catalogue of equipment to allow MPs and staff to return to the workplace safely, including: preparing the building equipping the workforce controlling access to sites implementing a social distancing plan reducing virus transfer You can view the catalogue here: https://www.easyflip.co.uk/BannerReturntotheWorkplace/
The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stand at 46,119, an increase of 120 as of today. According to the ONS, daily Coronavirus cases in England have risen from 3,200 last week to 4,200. These findings are based on tests of households in England, excluding care homes and hospitals. The ONS estimates that…
The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,961, an increase of 83 as of today. According to the ONS the UK has recorded the highest level of excess deaths amongst European countries with 6.9% more excess deaths in the country as a whole and 7.5% more in England. Spain and Belgium…
The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45.874, an increase of 119 as of today. The National Institute for Economics and Social Research has published a study which shows that UK unemployment could rise to 10% when the government ends the furlough scheme. According to NIESR’s research, many of the jobs…
The total deaths as a result of Coronavirus now stands at 45,756, an increase of 7 as of today. Surges in the number of infections across Europe have forced countries to implement stricter restrictions on travellers. On Saturday the UK government announced that Britons on holiday in Spain would be required to isolate for two-weeks…
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Parliament is now closed until further notice so there will no longer be any events taking place in Westminster. This, however, does not mean that you will be left wanting for things to do. So you won’t be left wanting for things to do, we’ve added a bunch of cultural, political and entertainment that you can take part in from home to our calendar.
If you want to tell us about an event that you think will be of interest to our readers, please complete the Event Submission form
Small ads from staff for accommodation – available or wanted – goods for sale etc.
We will only accept notices from staff of MPs or others with a current @parliament.uk email address. Use this form to submit a notice. Please don’t forget to let us know if your notice needs to be removed, e.g. if your accommodation has been let. If you have just started working for an MP and don’t have a parliamentary email address yet, ask a colleague to place a Notice for you.
Ref: 2844 Full use of house facilities including kitchen, garden and wifi. Zone 2. £695 per calendar month inclusive. Contact: email@example.com
Ref: 2843 Double room, furnished and with bills included in a lovely flat in Bromley-by-Bow. Living room, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom with a great shower. Contact: Jo.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ref: 2842 Fantastic double room in two bedroomed top floor flat, just 5 mins walk from Brixton tube station or 8 mins from Stockwell. Tree lined Victorian terrace. Sharing with female professional. Contact: email@example.com
Westminster Wanderers Football Club are an established and successful adult amateur Sunday league club. We are affiliated to the London FA and play in the Southern Sunday Football League which operates across Lambeth, Wandsworth and Merton. We have players from politics, researchers, advisers, public affairs, policy, the civil service, PR, journalism, academia and beyond, and…
Players wanted for Monday night 8aside Football Westminster Wanderers FC run a Monday night 8aside football match at Pimlico Academy every week. We are looking for additional players to join the mailing list for our Monday night matches. Players are free to choose when to play, from one game a month to every Monday. Sides…
Players wanted for successful Football Club in South London Westminster Wanderers are an established and successful Sunday League Football Club playing in and around Wandsworth and Merton. We are looking for new players for the 2017-18 season. We were born out of the Conservative Central Office side of the 1990s but now have Labour, Liberal…
Ref: 2585 A weekly 5 a side kickabout for MPs and staff is looking for new players of all ages and abilities. Men and women players welcome. Established in 1997, the ethos is fun and fair – we’re competitive but never dirty! Games are from 9 to 10am on Tuesdays, at Queen Mother Leisure Centre,…
Gov. uk has useful advice if you want to rent out a room in your home. If you are renting out either a room or a whole property, please read this important information on ‘Right to Rent’.
Special Note : Covid-19 and Casework: Ask the Library
The House of Commons Library ran a series of online training sessions on 25 and 26 June to help MPs’ staff deal with Covid-19 related casework. The programme covered:
- Preventing evictions
- Understanding the data on case numbers and deaths
- The lockdown laws
- The economic impact
- Using the Library remotely
And much more… You can view the recordings of those sessions here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1747
Learning and Development
The main resource for training for Members’ Staff is The Commons Learning and Organisation Development team.
Courses take place both on the Parliamentary Estate and regionally, and if a course of interest is not available at a convenient location or date, they will endeavor to accommodate specific requirements, subject to sufficient demand (12 delegates and above).
Courses are free of charge to all Members’ staff who are paid through IPSA’s staffing allowance and travel costs to training events can be met from the expenses scheme administered by IPSA.
The full course catalogue is available via Act – the Parliamentary learning management system. A list of courses can be found at the bottom of this page.
At the moment, it is not possible to attend classroom based training. However, there are some courses which are available online in a virtual classroom. Please see here for details: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1590
House of Commons Library
The House of Commons Library also provides training that may be of value to staff. Courses are open to Members of both Houses, their staff and parliamentary staff, unless otherwise stated on the course schedule and individual arrangements can be made for constituency staff. See the Library’s training page on the Parliamentary Intranet for details and booking.
As you would expect, listing here does not imply any endorsement or promotion of the providers, but we are happy to list any organisation offering relevant training for Members’ staff.
If you have any suggestions, or if you would like your organisation to be featured here, please contact us via our Feedback Form
Current Training Courses
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests will be holding seminars virtually (via MS Teams) until further notice, with each lasting about an hour. How to Support an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) This seminar will cover: Register entries APPG Secretariats (volunteers, Members’ staff, outside organisations) Members and Officers Meetings (including AGMs,…
Policy in Practice are presenting a free online webinar: Recap of the major benefits changes and Coronavirus (COVID-19) 10:30 – 11:30, Wednesday 8 April 2020 Registration required: http://policyinpractice.co.uk/events/ As new measures to control Coronavirus (COVID-19) are introduced Policy in Practice’s Head of Policy, Zoe Charlesworth, summarises the major changes to the welfare system that have…
Here is the current list of training courses from the Parliamentary Learning & Development Team that staff can sign up for. Courses are free of charge to all Members’ staff who are paid through IPSA’s staffing allowance and travel costs to training events can be met from the expenses scheme administered by IPSA. There are…
The course will cover the principles of good written communication and how to put them into practice. It will look at some essentials about the use of language, grammar, tone and writing style and will include an introduction to the ‘Plain English’ approach to business writing. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=429
This course will cover the elements which make up a compelling speech, focusing on structure and the ability to tailor to the best abilities of the speaker and understanding the needs of the audience. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=554
This one day course has been designed to provide an initial opportunity to build management capability and will be of particular benefit to those with limited or no experience of line management. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=1412
This workshop will give Members’ staff the opportunity to think about their roles and identify the tasks that really get results. In addition, delegates will learn a variety of tips and techniques on how to control more of their time, enabling them to focus on their key tasks. For full details and dates, please click…
This session will cover the opportunities and challenges that using social media in the Public Sector presents and introduce delegates to using social media platforms for themselves, their teams and their organisation. For full details and dates, please click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?f=480
This one day course is designed to equip staff with the skills and confidence to handle challenging conversations with customers or employees in a sensitive and professional way. A person’s emotional state can affect their reactions. Understanding how this happens can help you resolve conflict more successfully. The Samaritans trains their volunteers in active-listening techniques…
Attendees will discuss the causes signs and symptoms of mental health, how to respond to and deal with a situation and how they can support and unburden themselves after the event. For full details and dates, click here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=260