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The 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, or find out about the help and advice available to staff from the House of Commons, including the IGCS Behaviour Code.


General Election: July 4 2024

Parliament will be prorogued on 24 May and dissolved on 30 May, with the election taking place 25 working days later. In the period from the dissolution of Parliament and the election there are no MPs, and this site will operate in line with the general dissolution guidance. w4mpjobs will continue to operate.
Please see our page on dissolution guidance, and consult the relevant section on ParliNet for up to date information.


Tech in Your Office

Are you working in an MP’s office? If so, we need your help to understand how technology could be used to make your work easier. For more details see this page.


Are you OK?

Are you OK? How are you coping? Do you need to talk to someone?

An MP’s office can be a busy and stressful environment at the best of times, and over the past few weeks, staff have been under a lot of extra pressure.

The work we do can put a strain on our mental health and wellbeing, and we can often feel isolated. If you are finding it difficult to cope, or just need someone to talk to, or somewhere to offload, please remember that help is available.

The Wellness Working Group offers lots of useful information advice and you can access their hub here: https://hopuk.sharepoint.com/sites/hct-wellbeinghub

Please ring the helpline and talk to someone. It’s what it’s there for.

Health Assured provides an independent support service to MPs’ staff, it is completely confidential, free and can be accessed 24/7 by phone, online portal and app. You can access support for any issue you are struggling with, it doesn’t have to be work related. Look here for further information, their helpline number and a link to access the service: https://hopuk.sharepoint.com/sites/hct-wellbeinghub/SitePages/What-suport-is-there-.aspx


Dissolution Guidance

A dedicated General Election Planning Group in Parliament is leading work to ensure Parliament is fully prepared for a general election to take place by January 2025.

The House has now published its revised dissolution guidance, and all staff will find it valuable. You can find it on the new parliamentary intranet, ParliNet.

You can also find more information and links on the w4mp page on dissolution.


w4mp and ParliNet

ParliNet Home Page
ParliNet Home Page

ParliNet, available to those with a parliamentary login, contains everything you need to stay connected to the parliamentary community. Use it to find information like catering menus, events, contact numbers, and the latest news. If you find any links on w4mp to the old intranet, please let us know.

To access the hotlines on Parlinet you can follow this direct link. To search the document use the SharePoint search box by typing CTRL-F / CMD-F.


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Read a welcome to the site from Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons

Please see our Covid-19 page for details of support available to staff.


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Latest News

Help with childcare costs – Caseworker Discussion Forum

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME AND DATE Time: 14:00 – 15:00Date: Wednesday 22 May 2024 The May 2024 forum will be on the topic of Help with childcare costs. It will be led by David Foster and Niamh Foley from the Library’s Social Policy Section. To book, please go here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/signup.php?s=16684

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Introduction to PolicyMogul for parliamentary users

PolicyMogul is putting on three webinars for parliamentary users: This online webinar is your chance to learn about the value that PolicyMogul provides for MPs, peers, PPCs and parliamentary staff. As well as an overview of the platform’s features, we will highlight some best practices related to getting the most out of the platform. Session…

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Welcome to Parliament (Members’ Staff Induction)

Welcome to Parliament. The new joiner induction sessions are now available to book via the ACT portal if you have a new joiner in your office, please share with them. This session will welcome you to being part of the Parliamentary community and cover essential information from key House services that will help you to…

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Parliament Workflow Study: Help us make the your work easier!

To what extent are offices leveraging modern tools to do their work? Does technology have a significant effect on what they can get done? And how much does this vary between one office and another? Are you working in an MP’s office? If so, we need your help to understand how technology could be used…

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Cross-Party Support for Conspiracy Theory Guide aimed at MPs, Peers and Candidates Launched Today

We’ve received a press release from the Antisemitism Policy Trust about their guide on conspiracy theories. You can read the guide on their website. It has been written with expert groups including the Antisemitism Policy Trust, Full Fact, Tell MAMA [The charity working to combat anti-Muslim hate], the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and The Global…

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Archive homepage

Archived guides can be found on the w4mp archive. They should not be relied on as expressions of current practice.

Our humourous alt.guides can be found on alt.w4mp.org, along with an archive of Hoby cartoons.


“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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