Welcome to w4mp

w4mp logoThe Working for an MP website is a resource for anyone working for a British Member of Parliament or with an interest in how Parliament works. You can read about the site’s history, or get in touch with suggestions or feedback.

 

Whether you’ve been in the job for more elections than you can recall, or are new to working for an MP, welcome – this site is here for you.  A good starting point is  our collection of guides and information.

If you are new to your job, perhaps even working for a newly elected MP,  you may find our guide to your first ten days in Westminster of interest!


If you prefer a more traditional layout for the site, this might please you.

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


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“The MPs’ assistants and researchers walk at twice the pace of everyone else and their eyes burn twice as fiercely”
John Crace, The  Guardian, 14 May 2015

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News

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.

New MP? Make sure you register with the Information Commissioner.

Congratulations on being elected/re-elected to Parliament! One of the most important things you must do right away is to register with the Information Commissioner.  It’s really easy to do, by going to their website here: https://ico.org.uk/registration/new and select ‘Elected representative’ from the drop-down list.  It will cost you £35 to register. You can find lots of …

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Is your data correct on Wikidata?

We’ve had a note from Andy Mabbett about MPs and Wikidata: The days after a general election are a good time to remind MPs and their staff that Wikipedia has a biography of every MP. I’ve written before about how MPs can work with Wikipedia  and its sister projects, to ensure that those articles are complete and up-to-date.  Several items of data …

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New Members on Twitter

The fine people at Democracy Club are building a Twitter list of new Members of Parliament, which you may find worth taking note of. twitter.com/democlub/lists…

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Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme: apply by 11 June

Applications for the Speaker’s Scheme are now open. Closing date is Sunday 11 June, midnight. Full details on the Creative Society website.   Overview We believe Parliament should be accessible to everyone. We are widening access by offering a 9 month paid placement to people who have the skills, passion and potential to work here …

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New w4mp archive launched

We’ve been running w4mp since 2010 and in that time have written hundreds of guides to good practice. The world has changed a lot since then (you may have noticed) and some of the guides are no longer relevant. Others have been superseded by new and improved services, including the House of Commons Library and …

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Portcullis House Access Changes

It’s worth noting that Portcullis House search and screening will be closed from Monday 8 May until Tuesday 6 June, inclusive.  Between 8.00am-6.00pm passholders can still access the estate via this entrance and passholders and visitors will be able to exit in the usual way. The nearest alternative visitor access points are 1 Parliament Street …

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Nominate for the Parliamentary Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2017

Nominees are wanted for the 2017 Parliamentary Diversity and Inclusion Awards. If you know of colleagues or teams who deserve to be recognised for their positive impact in the workplace, then please click here to nominate them. The awards team wants to hear about projects which have made a real difference to colleagues, Members, Peers, …

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2017 Audit of Political Engagement

The 2017 Audit of Political  Engagement has been published by The Hansard Society and offers an in-depth picture of public political engagement after a dramatic year for British politics. Key findings of the report include: A Positive ‘Referendum Effect’ Fails to Materialise. There has been no positive ‘referendum effect’ on public attitudes after the June 2016 …

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Electing a New Parliament

Taken from the Parliament Website Wednesday 3 May 2017 – Dissolution of Parliament A proclamation will be made announcing when Parliament will meet after the general election and setting the date of the Queen’s Speech at State Opening. Writs will be issued for elections in the UK’s 650 constituencies. Find out more about dissolution Thursday …

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Checklist of Actions for Dissolution

So, dissolution is upon us.  Have you done everything you needed to?  There is a very helpful checklist on the intranet, which we suggest you consult, just to make sure: Checklist of actions for Members who are standing at the 2017 General Election Checklist of actions for Members standing down at the 2017 General Election

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Guides

Here you will find a collection of guides to good practice that  will offer you advice in carrying out the main activities expected of you in your job that will complement that information and, we hope, help you in your job.

They are constantly being revised and updated so if you do print a guide out please remember to check back from time to time.

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

We also include links to resources that will be of use to staff. Some of these are on the Parliamentary Intranet and can only be accessed if you have an appropriate login.

Current Guides
Online Resources

Many resources are available to MPs staff, including:

the Parliamentary intranet

House of Commons Library

Parliamentary Digital Service

Alt.Guides

Our light-hearted alt.guides are also available

W4MP Archive

W4MP has been in operation since 2010 and we have published hundred of guides in that time. Many of these have been superseded and removed from our main site, but they can be consulted on our archive site. These are for research purposes and should not be relied upon as a guide to current practice.

 

Notices

Small ads from staff for accommodation – available or wanted – goods for sale etc.

Quiet studio flat for short term rent – May to early June – New Cross

Ref: 2779 Wanting to rent my flat out between May and early June. Doesn’t have to be for the whole period. Cost negotiable depending on dates –please get in touch for a friendly chat about it! Contact: mcintoshe@parliament.uk

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Flat mate required – Lambeth

Ref: 2778 I’m looking for someone friendly, tidy and sociable to share a modern and spacious furnished first-floor, two double bedroom flat in Lambeth. Located in Lupino Court, just off of Lambeth Walk, it’s just a 15 minute walk from the parliamentary estate and Whitehall making it an ideal and extremely convenient location for someone …

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Flat Share wanted

Ref: 2776 Hi There. I am relocating to London from Wales and I am looking for a place to live. Any offers or assistance in this would be much appreciated. I am 35 and gay (what that matters I don’t know lol).  I like sport, food, cinema and design.  I am clean, organised and sociable. …

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Spanish home for rent

Ref: 2638 Spanish property in Andalucia for rent. Situated in a typical Pueblo Blanco, 20 minutes from the coast.  Perfect location for excursions to Malaga, Grenada and Nerja and day trips to the beach. In the foothills of the Sierra Nervada mountain range – excellent if you’re into mountain biking or hiking. See https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1181881 for …

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5-a-side football for MPs and Parliamentary Staff

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, …

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Please note that we can 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.

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’.

Finding and Posting Jobs

Our job site features a wide range of jobs relating to politics, including jobs working for MPs, Peers, MSPs and AMs.

Please go to to  w4mpjobs.

Before you start you may want to consult our useful guide to getting a job with an MP.

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

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.