w4mp Guides-

Standard

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

—-

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

Image UKBlackTech / www.ukblacktech.com
Standard

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. ‘Openness and Registering Members’ Financial Interests’, covering: How to help your Member register and declare interests The rules on paid lobbying by MPs How and when to register your own interests Thursday…

Posted in Event, News | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Workshops from the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests

Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

Posted in News, Training | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

Reminder – today! Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

All MP Staff Q&A Session – Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct 10:00 – 10:45 – Thursday 10 June 2021 Open to all of the staff of MPs.  For further information and booking, please see https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4492  

Posted in Event, News, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Reminder – today! Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

New mental health training courses from Learning & Development

Please note that, when trying to access these courses, if you receive automated messages such as “you don’t have Moodle” or “it is not for learners”, please contact the Digital team to sort it out as it is a technical error, thank you. Distressed Callers (1 day) https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3965 Course overview Core skills when supporting emotional…

Posted in News, Training | Tagged , , | Comments Off on New mental health training courses from Learning & Development

All Members’ Staff Virtual Q&A Session: UKVI/Passport office / Civil Service Sports Council

All Members’ Staff Virtual Q&A Session: UKVI/Passport office / Civil Service Sports Council This session is open to all staff of all MPs. 10:00 – 11:00 – 24 June 2021 For further information and booking, please visit https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3963

Posted in Event, News, Training | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on All Members’ Staff Virtual Q&A Session: UKVI/Passport office / Civil Service Sports Council

Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

All MP Staff Q&A Session – Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct 10:00 – 10:45 – Thursday 10 June 2021 Open to all of the staff of MPs.  For further information and booking, please see https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4492  

Posted in Event, News, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

Posted in News, Training | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

Introduction to the Vote Office: Training for Members’ Staff

Members’ staff are invited to learn more about the Vote Office and the services we offer to support their work. Friday 11 Jun 2021, 11:00 – 11:40 on MS Teams Booking essential.  For full details please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/whats-on/2021/june/introduction-to-the-vote-office-training-for-members-staff/  

Posted in News, Training | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Introduction to the Vote Office: Training for Members’ Staff

Interns – looking for an affordable room in London?

Affordable rooms in London this summer Room for Tea is a social enterprise which connects interns looking for an affordable place to stay with hosts who have a spare room in their homes. Our motivation is to help aspiring interns and apprentices access affordable accommodation in London during their work experience, and offer young people…

Posted in News, Uncategorised | Comments Off on Interns – looking for an affordable room in London?

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. ‘Openness and Registering Members’ Financial Interests’, covering: How to help your Member register and declare interests The rules on paid lobbying by MPs How and when to register your own interests Thursday…

Posted in Event, News | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Workshops from the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests

Jobs

Standard

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

Diary
Standard

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

Noticeboard
Standard

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.


Room available in Highgate Home

Ref: 2953 Regularly used by Parliamentary interns/researchers. Full use of house facilities inc. wifi and garden. Archway (zone 2) nearest tube. £650 p.c.m inclusive Contact: bensusani@parliament.uk

Posted in Notice | Comments Off on Room available in Highgate Home

Available: Flat to Rent

Ref: 2952 One bedroom Garden Flat to rent in Barton Street, opposite House of Lords, a short walk from Parliament. Cost within IPSA guidelines. Please email Lord Flight – hflight@btinternet.com Or telephone on 0207 222 7559 if interested. Available end of May/beginning of June.

Posted in Notice | Comments Off on Available: Flat to Rent

Available: Room to Rent

Ref: 2950 Single room for £525 per month all inclusive, located nearby Camberwell (SE9) and Brixton (SW2). Shops within walking distance, bus and train links nearby, available immediately. Looking for friendly young professional/student who is independent, easy going and also likes to socialise to take up cosy room in a nice flat in a vibrant…

Posted in Notice | Comments Off on Available: Room to Rent

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

Classroom
Standard

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
 
 

Latest Training Courses

Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

Posted in News, Training | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

Reminder – today! Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

All MP Staff Q&A Session – Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct 10:00 – 10:45 – Thursday 10 June 2021 Open to all of the staff of MPs.  For further information and booking, please see https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4492  

Posted in Event, News, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Reminder – today! Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

New mental health training courses from Learning & Development

Please note that, when trying to access these courses, if you receive automated messages such as “you don’t have Moodle” or “it is not for learners”, please contact the Digital team to sort it out as it is a technical error, thank you. Distressed Callers (1 day) https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3965 Course overview Core skills when supporting emotional…

Posted in News, Training | Tagged , , | Comments Off on New mental health training courses from Learning & Development

All Members’ Staff Virtual Q&A Session: UKVI/Passport office / Civil Service Sports Council

All Members’ Staff Virtual Q&A Session: UKVI/Passport office / Civil Service Sports Council This session is open to all staff of all MPs. 10:00 – 11:00 – 24 June 2021 For further information and booking, please visit https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=3963

Posted in Event, News, Training | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on All Members’ Staff Virtual Q&A Session: UKVI/Passport office / Civil Service Sports Council

Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

All MP Staff Q&A Session – Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct 10:00 – 10:45 – Thursday 10 June 2021 Open to all of the staff of MPs.  For further information and booking, please see https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=4492  

Posted in Event, News, Training | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Creating a safe workplace for Members’ staff – guidance on bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct

Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

This session, aimed at MPs and their HR proxies, is run by the Members’ HR Advice Service to supplement the Best Practice Guide to Office Restructures. The session will provide information about how to manage restructuring the office when you are considering reorganising your staffing resources to respond to changing priorities. It will cover employer…

Posted in News, Training | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Office Restructure familiarisation sessions

Introduction to the Vote Office: Training for Members’ Staff

Members’ staff are invited to learn more about the Vote Office and the services we offer to support their work. Friday 11 Jun 2021, 11:00 – 11:40 on MS Teams Booking essential.  For full details please see here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/whats-on/2021/june/introduction-to-the-vote-office-training-for-members-staff/  

Posted in News, Training | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Introduction to the Vote Office: Training for Members’ Staff

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…

Posted in Event, News, Training | Comments Off on All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents

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…

Posted in Learning & Development, News, Training | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Law Training Sessions from the Learning and Development Team

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…

Posted in Event, News, Training | Comments Off on All MP staff virtual Q&A – Dealing with aggressive and abusive constituents