Visit the Members’ Services Fair from 18-22 October 2021

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The Members’ Services Fair is an opportunity for Members and their staff to find out more about the full range of support, services and facilities provided by the House Service and the work of different teams across Parliament.

A series of talks and panel discussions will be held in the Macmillan Room on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 October. These will cover the experiences of Members and Members’ staff of working in the House of Commons, as well as topics including running your office, security, learning and development, personal wellbeing and the culture of Parliament.

A full programme and details on how to pre-register for individual sessions will be available on the intranet closer to the event. Talks will be live streamed for the benefit of constituency staff or those unable to attend in person.

You can find further information on the intranet: https://intranet.parliament.uk/business-news/news-current-issues/news/2021/september/visit-the-members-services-fair-monday-18—thursday-22-october-/

Call for Balfour Project Peace Advocacy Fellows 2021-22

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READ HERE for the full call for fellows.

https://balfourproject.org/bp/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Call-for-Balfour-Project.pdf

The Balfour Project intends to appoint up to twenty Peace Advocacy Fellows for the academic
year 2021-22. If you are a post-graduate or final year undergraduate student with an interest in the the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, you are welcome to apply.


The selected fellows will be paid a bursary of £700 payable in two tranches at the midpoint and end of theacademic year.

Theyh are open for applications between 1 September and 5pm of Friday, 29 October. Interviews will take place in the second half of October, and the fellows will be appointed at the end of the month.

http://www.balfourproject.org

Forthcoming drop-in Q&A sessions

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The Members Services Team have some drop-in Q&A Sessions coming up:

 

 

 

 

 

Constituency casework: asylum, immigration and nationality

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Members of Parliament handle a high volume of immigration, nationality and asylum enquiries from constituents.

The Commons Library has produced a briefing which provides a brief overview of the UK’s immigration and asylum system and basic British nationality law.

It also outlines the legal restrictions on giving immigration advice, gives some suggestions on handling constituents’ enquiries, refers to some sources of information that may be helpful for straightforward questions, and highlights training courses available to Members’ staff.

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn03186/

Afghanistan – information for constituents seeking help

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MPs’ offices are receiving a large number of requests for assistance from constituents with relatives, friends and colleagues stranded in Afghanistan.

In order to help your MP to assist you in the most efficient way, please read this quick guide: https://w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/in-the-constituency/casework-guides/issue-by-issue/afghanistan/

House of Commons Library Research Briefings on Afghanistan

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Parliament has been recalled on Wednesday 18 August 2021 to debate the situation in Afghanistan.

You can find relevant Commons Library research and analysis on the Commons Library website here: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/type/research-briefing/

Please note that the situation in Afghanistan is fast moving and briefings should be read as correct at the time of publication.

Hotlines list updated 18 August 2021

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With the developing situation in Afghanistan, we have been updating the hotlines list as soon as we have received further contact information and useful links, so please do keep checking back to the list online.

If you have any useful contacts or information that are not on our list, please do let us know.

Please can you ensure that you use only the current list which can be found on the intranet here: https://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/research-online-resources/research/constituency-casework/w4mp-hotlines.pdf

Please do not save or print the hotlines list, as this risks you using incorrect details and causing annoyance to the people you are contacting.

Contacting your MP about the situation in Afghanistan

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We are all deeply affected by the situation in Afghanistan and the human tragedy that we are seeing.  All MPs and their staff understand that constituents are extremely anxious about their friends and relatives in Afghanistan and want to do all they can to help them.

Every MP is trying to help a lot of desperate people and only your own MP is able to help you, so if you do want to ask for assistance please email only your own MP.

If you copy in all MPs, you are actually hindering them in their efforts to help people as quickly as possible.  It may feel that you are more likely to get attention if you contact lots of MPs, but this is not the case.

If you are actively seeking assistance for your relatives, please read this page: https://w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/in-the-constituency/casework-guides/issue-by-issue/afghanistan/