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MPs and their offices during lockdown - how we've helped

PDS is working hard to help MPs and their constituency offices cope with the disruption and changes brought about by the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Our head of local engagement reveals how his team is coping with its biggest ever challenge.

100,000 YouTube subscribers but where next?

Amy and Kat from the social media team with the YouTube award

The UK Parliament YouTube channel recently reached the milestone of 100,000 subscribers. This means we're now the proud owners of a Silver Creator Award but what does that mean for the channel? Matt Instone talks us through the new YouTube strategy.

Experimenting with a Twitter takeover

Screenshot of a tweet about #AskACurator day

Kat Cimetta is the social media editor for UK Parliament's channels and she's written about joining forces with Parliament’s curators, collection managers, and archivists to get involved in the global hashtag campaign #AskACurator.

Building an Instagram strategy for UK Parliament 

Person using Instagram on a smartphone

Amy Mollett, UK Parliament's Senior Social Media Strategist, explains how a change of approach to Instagram content is bringing out our creativity and increasing interest in our feed.

Learning new things on home turf

PDS and constituency staff at the constituency office

Helen Harrison manages an MP's constituency office. Working for a new MP meant that her team were new too and she wanted to find out how they could use technology more efficiently. So she asked our user engagement team for help.

The impact of civic technology - thoughts from TICTeC

Attendees at TICTeC Conference

Sara and Matthieu of the data and search team went to TICTeC in Lisbon. This conference on the impact of civic technology gathered together researchers, funders, and practitioners and was rich in content. Here's a summary from Matthieu.

Bath Ruby: immersing ourselves in the world of Ruby

A group shot of the attendees at the Bath Ruby Conference

Bryony Watson recently attended a two day conference called Bath Ruby. She's blogged about the community that surrounds the language and the talks by some of the big names who code using it.

UK Parliament's first ever Facebook strategy

Person using Facebook on a smartphone

Amy Mollett has written the first ever content strategy for the UK Parliament Facebook page. This blog post summarises the main strategy, and what our page will look like in the coming months.