MPs Eyeing Up Lobby’s Unused Office Space in Parliament

While the government may be on the rocks this week, one member of the payroll has recently found themselves under particular siege: Mike Freer MP, the Tory accommodation whip. Over the summer recess hundreds of MPs and staff are set to decant from Norman Shaw North to Richmond House as part of the ongoing restoration and renewal of parliament. Crumbling walls, falling masonry and general dilapidation are just some of the problems their offices are currently beset with. 

Not all are content with the move, however. While one MP told Guido they were happily surprised by the slightly larger room they have just been told they’ll be moving into, for a number of others the extra walking distance during future divisions has left them praying for an alternative. According to one Tory source a couple of MPs have even resorted to highlighting how many of the Lobby still haven’t returned to parliament post-lockdown; enquiring to the whips about the possibility of turfing hacks out and colonising their prime office space at the heart of the palace. Lee Cain would be proud…

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A Day in the Life of a New MP

For the posher members of the House of Commons, Parliament can remind them of their school days at public school; for the swathes of MPs with ordinary backgrounds, however, the similarities remain striking. If today has been like the first day back at school after the summer holidays, Ian Blackford’s speech was like remembering they also have maths homework…

Firstly for new MPs who remain without offices (Guido understands the most popular man at the moment is Mike Freer, the accommodation whip) they have all been assigned lockers currently situated on the committee corridor. Indeed they’ve even been given name-tagged backpacks to put in them (although this is a bit more evacuee than schoolkid…)

Whilst Mike Freer may be Mr Popular, the others whips certainly are not (being described as a “f*cking nightmare” by one new intake); running new MPs on a strict and packed timetable – starting at 8.30, with only 10 minutes for lunch. Held captive” as said by one grumpy, cigarette-craving MP…

Guido also learns a large contingent of new MPs on their induction were sent to the wrong room yesterday, eventually finding the right room 10 minutes late and being told off in front of their colleagues. Numerous newbies are skiving off, having had multiple meetings all covering the same ground of security, Ipsa and well-being…

MPs’ lanyards are a similar sight in any new academy school, change is also afoot here. As MPs get younger and younger, they were getting increasingly frustrated with parliament’s doorkeepers mistaking them for staffers. New green and white striped lanyards have therefore been introduced to put an end to these awkward encounters. For some MPs this wasn’t enough however and were spotted in Strangers bar last night wearing a large Inbetweeners-esque name badges…

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