Some MPs get it

At the Unite drinks bash we went to last week a new contract for Interns in Parliament was announced.

The Interns Contract  will set out what both the MP and the intern can expect from an internship. It will provide regulation and rights to stop interns being exploited or treated unfairly, and is hopefully the first step towards minimum wage for interns working in parliament.

Proposed by the Liberal Democrat, Phil Willis MP, as an Early Day Motion, it has eleven signitories so far- read on to find out who…

Willis, Phil

Clapham, Michael

Riordan, Linda

Palmer, Nick

Mulholland, Greg

Taylor, Dari

Bottomley, Peter

Dobbin, Jim

Drew, David

Taylor, David

Brooke, Annette

The motion reads:

UNITE INTERNS AGREEMENT 

17.06.2009

Willis, Phil

That this House notes the important contribution interns working for hon. Members make; further notes internships in Parliament offer young people a transformative insight into political life and an important gateway into politics; believes that people from all around the UK, and from diverse backgrounds should have an equal opportunity to take part in internships for hon. Members; further believes hon. Members should be leading the country through providing best practice internships; welcomes the new Interns Agreement launched by the Unite Parliamentary Staff Branch, a document analogous to an employment contract, which sets out what both the hon. Member and the intern can expect from the internship; urges all hon. Members to use an Interns Agreement to ensure that their interns are offered a fulfilling and fair experience with the opportunity for training and development; and urges the House to consider bringing forward measures similar to those of the European Parliament to offer well structured, resourced and transparently advertised internship programmes.

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