Parliament Accidentally Wipes Active Casework

Parliamentary Digital Services (PDS) has today outdone itself by deactivating multiple active MPs’ staffers’ email accounts – and in the process deleting potentially years of correspondence and active constituents’ casework. PDS is often the bain of multiple staffers’ lives, and their move today has been true to form. Fibre-optic Fagins…

Following an election, there is an automatic grace period of a month, after which all former MPs and staffers’ emails are erased from the servers. This time around, however, PDS forgot to double-check whether any staffers – specifically those whose MP stepped down – have carried on with new MPs for their constituencies. Most absurdly, however, Guido has heard of a case where a staffer who received new email addresses following the election has even seen that one go down.

Guido understands there are a large number of staffers – predominantly Tories – who fit the bill; enjoying a less-than-productive day at work. This has led to multiple vulnerable constituents in need of help with housing or asylum having years of correspondence potentially permanently wiped.

Staffers are, as may be expected, up in arms, and desperately trying to find out whether the data is recoverable. Which it most likely won’t be if PDS used GDPR-compliant wiping methods…

UPDATE: A UK Parliament Spokesperson says they emphasised warnings to MPs and their staff before the election regarding the grace period, in line with GDPR and Data Protection legislation. They have been offering advice to any staffers affected, however notification was given multiple times and staff working for new members had to sort out renewed sponsorship. Sounds like the start of a protracted blame game…

mdi-timer January 21 2020 @ 16:44 21 Jan 2020 @ 16:44 mdi-comment Comments
Which MP’s Still on His Christmas Holidays?

Two weeks into the new year, Guido would hope our £80,000-a-year representatives would be hard at work. Unfortunately, one key player in British politics clearly isn’t ready to return to the day job.

A co-conspirator was shocked when emailing an MP on the 16th January to receive their Christmas out-of-office message, despite the automatic response claiming the office was meant to re-open on the 5th January. That MP? Jeremy Corbyn.

mdi-timer January 17 2020 @ 10:12 17 Jan 2020 @ 10:12 mdi-comment Comments
Queen’s Former Private Secretary to Introduce Darroch to Lords in Trump Snub

Sir Kim Darroch – who stood down as American Ambassador last year after his diplomatic cables describing the Trump administration as “inept and insecure” were revealed by Steven Edgington – is being introduced to the Lords today. Accepting the peerage in Theresa May’s resignation honours…

Eyebrows are being raised at one of his supporters (who introduces him to the Lords by walking behind the new peer) is none other than Lord Geidt – who, from 2007 to 2017, served as the Queen’s “most trusted” aide. Mumbling from Lords sources this is a deliberate political statement and a snub at Trump…

mdi-timer January 16 2020 @ 10:55 16 Jan 2020 @ 10:55 mdi-comment Comments
Government Changing Law to Scrap Committee Chair Term Limits

Poring over the Order Paper as he always does, Guido spotted a fascinating Standing Order vote coming up later today and being pushed by the government – to abolish Committee Chairs’ term limits. Very Putinesque. Paving the way for grandees like Bernard Jenkin and Clive Betts to stay on past their impending term limit…

There are many luxuries to having a large majority, but few anticipated rule changes like these coming up. Guido understands the Tory old guard have been banging on about seeing such a change for a while, feeling some select committee chairs have been shortchanged by the term limits because of the successively short parliamentary sessions since 2015. Will we see further parliamentary reforms from the government like this over the next five years?

mdi-timer January 16 2020 @ 10:32 16 Jan 2020 @ 10:32 mdi-comment Comments
The Big Big Ben Brexit Bong Bung Bonanza

The biggest issue of our day continues to drag on – whether Big Ben will bong for Brexit. Despite Boris promising the Government was looking at a way for people to bung a bob for a Big Ben bong, it took StandUp4Brexit to launch an official crowdfunder last night, which in 14 hours has raised £47,000 from 3,300 people – £1,000 of which came from Mark Francois. Only £450,000 to go…

Unfortunately for those 3,300 people, it looks like a new hurdle has been put up, as Commons officials have said they will refuse any public cash to pay for the installation of the Big Ben bonger, saying there is “no legal basis” for them to accept public donations. Scrooges…

Not only might Big Ben not bong, but it sounds like Farage’s planned Parliament Square party won’t be as explosive as hoped; as Farage and Tice’s application to launch fireworks from a barge on the Thames fizzles out following officials at the Port of London Authority – which manages the Thames – refusing permission. Tice has had to put out a public plea to anyone in the Westminster area with a balcony or roof to launch fireworks off instead. Anyone lucky enough to have the property, get in touch…

UPDATE: 

Boris’s Bonkers ‘Bung a Bob for a Big Ben Bong’ Bid Binned

mdi-timer January 16 2020 @ 10:16 16 Jan 2020 @ 10:16 mdi-comment Comments
Hoyle Cracks Down on Singing MPs for a Second Time

Sir Lindsay has had to crack the whip once again on MPs testing out their vocal cords in the chamber, this time with Plaid MP Liz Saville Roberts covering a Welsh protest song currently storming the iTunes charts. Hoyle was fairly courteous to this rule-breaking MP, in stark contrast to his bellowing when the SNP started an impromptu choral cover of Ode to Joy…

mdi-timer January 15 2020 @ 16:39 15 Jan 2020 @ 16:39 mdi-comment Comments
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