This is the fourth iteration of w4mp.org.
The original site ran from early 2000 to February 2004 and was a collection of static pages built in FrontPage.
The second site ran from February 2004 to October 2012. It was built using Microsoft ASP.NET using FrontPage and Expression Web, with a collection of Access databases and forms developed using Microsoft Wizards and webbots.
The current site went live in October 2012. We changed the look and feel of the site in January 2014 but this didn’t change the actual structure of the site.
We have retained the old pages and many are here. If you would like a copy of a specific page that you can’t find please let us know.
The Working for an MP project was established in January 2000 with European Union ADAPT funding to provide an appropriate programme of training and development for the staff of MPs, at Westminster and in the constituencies. Innovative training programmes and resource facilities were piloted at Westminster and constituencies by Dick Robinson.
The site was built and is managed by Bill Thompson. He is assisted by Karen Lawrinson who is maintaining the website on a day-to-day basis, and Emily Pluckrose, who manages listings, news and collates site statistics.
Best-selling author Dick Robinson, who worked in a constituency office for 9 years, wrote much of the website’s original content.
Gerry Hall keeps the Jobs site in working order.
Several other people contribute from time to time and the website has also benefited from collaboration with others, including many other MPs’ staff from all parties.
This site holds the archived version of guides and other documents from the w4mp website.
It is provided for researchers and should not be relied on for current information.
See the index of guides.
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In 2010 we published a printed guide:
If you are new to the job you should have received, as part of your Members’ Staff Induction Pack, information about the online version of this guide. Click here to see letter from the Clerk of the House of Commons that accompanies the pack, complete with links to relevant resources on the Parliamentary Intranet.
Copies of the original booklets are now very scarce but the online version contains all the same information and we will do our best to keep this updated, and just because it originated in 2010 doesn’t mean it’s out of date.
You can find an online version of the printed booklet at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/0ce15b66. It takes a moment to download but you can then view it in full screen mode and move your cursor over it to enlarge the print.
Good luck in your new job! Now read on….
This guide is provided by Working for an MP (w4mp) and was originally published in 2010 as a joint project between w4mp and Dods, based on existing material from the w4mp website and some newly commissioned guides.
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