Welcome to W4MP

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26th February 2024 4:16 am

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.

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.

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. Please note that CTRL-F does not work for search but there is a search function at the bottom of the page, via the magnifying glass ico

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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.


Latest News

CV Writing for Members’ Staff

House of Commons Training Session Course Overview Sessions available on: To book, please go here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=2109

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MPs’ Staff Survey on Wellbeing

All MPs’ staff should have received an email inviting them to complete the Wellness Working Group annual survey on wellbeing. If you haven’t already completed this important survey, w4mp strongly encourages you to do so as soon as possible – the closing date is Friday 19 January 2024. If you are a member of staff…

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Navigating the new constituencies

As we all know, the current set of parliamentary constituencies is being replaced for the next election and the borders of constituencies will change substantially.  And because boundary reviews are carried out by separate organisations for each nation that no-one officially produces a single dataset of all the new constituencies covering the whole UK. However…

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Boundary changes – how to find data about new constituencies – Caseworker Discussion Forum

Time: 10:30 – 11:30Date: Thursday 18 January 2024Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams The January 2024 forum will be on the topic of Boundary changes: how to find data about new constituencies. We will be joined by staff from the Library’s Social and General Statistics Section. To sign up, please go here: https://parliament.learningpool.com/mod/facetoface/signup.php?s=16606

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Artificial Intelligence: An explainer

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has produced a useful explainer on Artificial Intelligence. It describes key definitions, how AI can be used, how it works, concerns, and perceptions of AI. You can find it here: https://post.parliament.uk/research-briefings/post-pb-0057/

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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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