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

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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 to make your work easier. By taking just 10-15 minutes to share your experiences in this survey[https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_abh2Mlnt2CvE9hk], you can make a valuable contribution to this important research.

Your responses are anonymous – we aren’t collecting personally identifying data and nobody will have access to individual responses beyond our research team. If there are questions you prefer not to answer, you can skip over them to the next question.

A tree will be planted for every response we receive!

A joint project by W4MP and LCPT, the Parliament Workflow Study is a research project inspired by the question: “How is technology changing the work of politics?” 

The findings from this study will be shared publicly with the goal of identifying best practices and areas for improvement in how MPs’ offices operate. We hope these insights can help MPs and their staff take full advantage of technology to better serve their constituents and work more effectively.

Ready to participate? Take the survey now

We greatly appreciate you taking the time to participate. To learn more about the Parliament Workflow Study, visit our website at https://www.parliamentworkflowstudy.org. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at hello@parliamentworkflowstudy.org.

If you’re interested in hearing about the results of our research, subscribe at parliamentworkflowstudy.org.

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

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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 Network on Extremism & Technology.

https://antisemitism.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Conspiracy-Theory-Guide.pdf

Press Release

Leading figures in parliament today united to launch A Guide for Members of Parliament and Candidates on Conspiracy Theories. Commissioned by the Leader of the House of Commons, Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP, and launched by both Ms Mordaunt and Shadow Leader of the House, Lucy Powell MP, the guide was drawn together by 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 Network on Extremism & Technology.

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Taylor Bennett Foundation PR & Communications Training Programme

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The Taylor Bennett Foundation is a charity that exists to encourage people from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background to pursue a career in communications. Their award-winning PR Training Programme is a paid, full-time, eight-week training programme in Public Relations (PR) and Communications designed to equip participants from a Black, Asian & minority ethnic background with the relevant knowledge, insights and skills to work in the PR and communications industry.

They are now looking for applications for their latest round of traineeships, run in partnership with HSBC UK. The programme runs from May 20th – July 10th 2024.

To be eligible

  • You must be from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background.
  • You must be a graduate or graduated within the last three years. We accept applications from graduates who have studied any subject.
  • You must be strongly interested in pursuing a career in Public Relations (PR) and communications.
  • You must be a British national or have an immigration status that allows you to be employed in the UK at the end of the programme.

Full details can be found here: https://www.taylorbennettfoundation.org/pr-training-programme-candidates

Closing Date: 15 April 2024

Navigating the new constituencies

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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 MySociety has done some great work pulling it all together and has created:

See their blog post for full details.

w4mp and ParliNet

ParliNet Home Page
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With the launch of ParliNet, the new parliamentary intranet, we will be updating links from w4mp to intranet pages to reflect the improved structure of the new site.

ParliNet 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, and we will be reviewing the contents of w4mp to ensure that it complements what you can find there.

Please note that the old intranet is not being updated and will be switched off on 25 October. Just like us, you should update your favourites and bookmarks to ones on parlinet.parliament.uk before then.

ParliNet launches Monday October 16

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ParliNet, Parliament’s new intranet, will launch tomorrow, Monday 16 October.

ParliNet will be accessible from anywhere, on any device, using a parliamentary login, and will replace the current intranet as a place to go for timely, trusted and relevant information.

On Monday, staff be sent more information to your parliamentary emails about how to get access to the site. There will also be an information stand in the weeks after ParliNet launches, to ask questions or receive advice about using ParliNet, as well as online and in-person demo sessions.

ParliNet and w4mp

We will be migrating existing intranet links to the new site, but this will not be a simple update as the structure and content of the new site is very different from the current one. We will complete the update before the old intranet is turned off at the end of the month.

Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme

Speaker's Internship Scheme
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The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme is a 12-month internship (beginning late September / early October 2023) run in partnership with the Patchwork Foundation and Parliament. Interns will work across rotations in Parliament, including working on a House of Commons team, working with an MP in government and working with an MP in opposition.

They are looking for people who are passionate about politics and looking to pursue a career in the field, but may find it harder to access opportunities, connections or experiences.

Throughout the placement, Patchwork will provide monthly personal development days alongside one-to-one mentoring support.

Applications will close Tuesday 11th April

View Job Description: Speaker’s Internship Scheme JD

Any questions please contact internships@patchworkfoundation.org.uk

The application form is online.