MST East Midlands Roadshows – Nottingham (29 November) and Peterborough (30 November) 


The Members’ Services Team (MST) are hosting a twin-centre East Midlands Roadshow this November. The events will take place in Nottingham on Wednesday 29 November, 10am – 4pm (Belgrave Rooms, NG1 5LB) and Peterborough on Thursday 30 November, 10am – 4pm (Weston Homes Stadium, PE2 8AL).  

The agenda will focus on preparing for the next general election including guidance around the dissolution period and the impact of the boundary change review. Representatives from IPSA and House services will attend to answer questions and talk about the support they will provide during the general election period.  Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. A finalised agenda for the event will be circulated closer to the time.  

To register to attend the upcoming roadshows, please fill in this form, where you can also see the current agenda. 

It’s Parliament Week


It’s Parliament Week – see – and lots of activities will be taking place across the country. Parliament Week (UKPW) is an annual event, spreading the word about what Parliament is, what it does and how you can get involved and featured over 10,000 activities last year.

You may have heard from people running events with invitations for local MPs to attend.

Dissolution Guidance Published

A view of Parliament from Gt Peter St

Dissolution is the official term for the end of a Parliament before a general election. When Parliament is dissolved every seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant. MPs immediately revert to being members of the general public and those who wish to become MPs again must stand for election as candidates.

The House has now published its revised dissolution guidance, which aims to help Members and Members’ staff understand the rules in place and the support available to them before, during and after the next election, including what to expect during the dissolution period.

You can find  the guidance on the new parliamentary intranet, ParliNet, and we have published our own page on w4mp to track the guidance.

Please note that the guides etc may be updated before the election and so you should refer to ParliNet and not any stored web pages or PDFs for the latest guidance.

Understanding men and gender equity – A ParliGender event with Movember 


Time: 13:30 to 14:30
Date: Thursday 16 November 2023
Location: Online – via Teams

In this event, Sarah Sternberg, Global Masculinities Lead at Movember Foundation, will talk about:

  • Why when we talk about gender, we should be talking about boys and men (as well as girls, women and other genders).
  • Some areas of gender inequity that impact boys and men, with a focus on mental health and help-seeking.
  • What we’ve learned in 20 years at Movember about supporting men’s mental health.

Sarah Sternberg holds an MSc in Sociology and Gender Studies from LSE and has been working in gender equity in international development and health for the last 10 years. She is currently leading an initiative exploring masculinities online, and the role of influencers on young men’s mental health.

If you’d like a calendar invitation to attend this event, please email  


Movember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health.

Women in Westminster – Nominations are now open


Nominations are now open for Women in Westminster 2024!

There are so many talented women in Westminster who often go unrecognised. We are therefore calling on you to nominate any woman currently working in Westminster or across the supporting sectors that you believe has made an impact on politics or public life in the past year. These women could be, but are not limited to, parliamentarians, journalists, civil servants, activists, think tankers or public affairs professionals.

Submit your nomination here!

Disability History Month


Disability History Month takes place from 16 November to 16 December 2023. You can read more about it here:

The Parliamentary Education Unit has several resources for teachers:

Life Peers’ Stories: A Conversation with Baroness Grey-Thompson:

Disability History Month illustrated book – a free eBook:

Disability History Booklet:

Learning about disability legislation:

How to redact documents easily using the Apple Mac Preview App


Sometimes, it is necessary to redact documents before sending them out, and many offices resort to printing out the document and getting busy with a black marker pen, before copying or scanning in the document.

However, if you have an Apple Mac, then the in-built Preview app has a redaction tool which is really easy to use.

Simply open your document in Preview, click Tools >> Redact and then select the text or image you wish to redact. Save and then close the document, and that’s it.

Once you have closed the document, the redaction cannot be undone.