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LIBRARY:  Authoritative guides to help in your job, useful links and light reading.  

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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.

Navigating the w4mp Library

You can search the whole site, including guides, using the standard search bar or this search box:

Or you can follow these links

If you would like to see a full list of all guides then we have a Guide Index that you can consult.

News

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Please let us know of items you think will be of interest – email editor@w4mp.org 

Latest news below, or you can read all news items.

Workshops from the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests

The Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests runs workshops for Members and their staff on the following subjects together with the next available dates.  The workshops will be run remotely via MS Teams. A. Openness and Registering Members’ Financial Interests, covering: How to help your Member register and declare interests The rules on paid lobbying by…

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New ‘What’s On’ pages on UK Parliament website

News from the Parliamentary Digital Service: From Friday 5 March, the calendar page on the UK Parliament website will be replaced by a new What’s On section.  These pages show a day by day view of what’s happening in the Commons, Lords and committees. The new pages still provide comprehensive detail about what’s happening across…

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New procedural guides to the Budget and Finance Bill

We’ve received an email from our friends over at the Hansard Society, with links to New procedural guides to the Budget and Finance Bill. Here’s what they wrote: If you are watching the Chancellor’s Statement this afternoon, and keeping an eye on the Budget debate over the next week and then the Finance Bill, our new procedural guides…

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Search for charities in your constituency

The Charity Commission register of charities displays information about how charities are run, and how they manage their finances, including information about salaries paid to senior staff members (in bands, upwards from £60k), whether a charity’s trustees are remunerated and its income, if any, from government contracts. You can search for charities in your constituency…

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Are you using the correct hotlines list?

w4mp has received complaints that people who have been removed from the hotlines list are still being contacted by MPs’ offices. Please can you ensure that you use only the current list which can be found on the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/research-online-resources/research/constituency-casework/w4mp-hotlines.pdf Please do not save or print the hotlines list, as this risks you using…

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All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

Time: 14:00 Date: Friday 26 February 2021 Where: Online – MS Teams The focus of this month’s session will be dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents, both over the phone, in person and on social media. Our expert speakers are Neil Cahalin (Personal Security Adviser) and David Mair (Social Media and Security Analyst). If you…

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British Psychological Society – Cognitive Strain in Parliament

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 Date: Friday 19 February 2021 The relationships between well-being and work have long been recognised, however the role of these in the fields of politics and government have not historically received the attention they deserve. Research conducted by psychologists within the UK Parliament has been the focus of a recent report…

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Business Banking Resolution Service

The BBRS is a new, independent organisation that seeks to resolve disputes between larger SMEs and participating banks.  It is free for businesses to use and offers an alternative to litigation, which for many SMEs is not a realistic option. The service is now fully live and open to thousands of potential customers around the…

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Law Training Sessions from the Learning and Development Team

The Learning and Development has arranged some new law training sessions in March.  Please book yourself onto them using the intranet links below. Introduction to housing law: Homelessness https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3874 Introduction to housing law: Security of tenure  https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3876 Introduction to housing law: Social housing https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3877 Introduction to housing law: Disrepair https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3875 The Law and Special Educational Needs https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3878 Introduction…

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Susan B. Anthony: The Forgotten History of the Woman Who Inspired the 19th Amendment

Today, 15 February 2021, marks the 201st birthday of Susan B. Anthony. Susan B Anthony was a lot of things. She was a teacher, a headmistress, a woman’s rights activist but most of all she was a person who devoted her life to creating change. A woman who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what…

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Jobs

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JOBS:  a wide range of jobs relating to politics, including jobs working for MPs, Peers, MSPs and AMs.

Job adverts can be found on  w4mpjobs.

If you wish to place an job ad you can do so on w4mpjobs but please read the guidance carefully.

Further information

Hear what some others have said:

We got the perfect person for the job. There were over 100 applicants and every one of them could do the job. I will highly recommend your website to anyone I meet who is looking for a job or staff.

“We had a staggering number of responses from many very well qualified candidates and I am very grateful to you for the excellent service you provide.

“After many years searching for a paid political job, checking the site almost every day and doing a couple of internships, I have finally been able to find a job which was advertised on the site. For that as well as the unique employment resource you provide, I shall be eternally grateful.”

“We found using the w4mp site invaluable in the search for a graduate to join our team. The response was unprecedented in terms of sheer numbers, but also with the strength of candidates found. Using w4mp meant that most of the people responding to the ad had the relevant Westminster experience required for our position. We were so impressed by the response we took the ad down two weeks before the closing date. It made the search much easier and we would definitely use w4mp in the future.”

Event Listings

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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

Notices

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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.


DOUBLE ROOM TO LET IN LOVELY BRIGHT SHARED W4 FLAT

Ref: 2949 Double room in a bright first-floor flat in a smart Victorian house in Chiswick, W4, near tube bus and Overground. Rent £650pcm. Bills: £104pcm. Deposit: £750pcm. Available from 1 March. More info here: https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/london/chiswick/15622624 Contact: morrissj@parliament.uk

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Available: Double room to rent in flat w/ garden, living room

Ref: 2947 Enquire here: https://www.spareroom.co.uk/flatshare/london/upton_park/15536980 Hey everyone – We’ve found an amazing house in E13 0QS to move into early December and are looking for a third person to take the last room. Price: £500, bills probably around £70, deposit is one months rent (housing benefit should be fine, references not needed etc) About us:…

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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’.

Training

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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
  • Schools
  • 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.


Other Providers

Listing here does not imply any endorsement or promotion of the providers.
 
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

All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

Time: 14:00 Date: Friday 26 February 2021 Where: Online – MS Teams The focus of this month’s session will be dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents, both over the phone, in person and on social media. Our expert speakers are Neil Cahalin (Personal Security Adviser) and David Mair (Social Media and Security Analyst). If you…

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Law Training Sessions from the Learning and Development Team

The Learning and Development has arranged some new law training sessions in March.  Please book yourself onto them using the intranet links below. Introduction to housing law: Homelessness https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3874 Introduction to housing law: Security of tenure  https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3876 Introduction to housing law: Social housing https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3877 Introduction to housing law: Disrepair https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3875 The Law and Special Educational Needs https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3878 Introduction…

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All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

Time: 14:00 Date: Friday 26 February 2021 Where: Online – MS Teams The focus of this month’s session will be dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents, both over the phone, in person and on social media. Our expert speakers are Neil Cahalin (Personal Security Adviser) and David Mair (Social Media and Security Analyst). If you…

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Find It Online

Who should attend this course? Think you know about searching online? Do you type a word or two into Google and find what you think you’re looking for? This course focuses on effective research techniques and strategies to retrieve meaningful results when searching the internet as well as an introduction to other search tools. This…

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How to Support an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) – Online Workshop Seminar

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,…

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Free Online Webinar: Recap of the major benefits changes and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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…

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Upcoming training courses from the Parliamentary Learning & Development Team

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…

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Essential Writing Skills for Members’ staff

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

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Speech Writing

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

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Supervisory Management Course

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

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