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Reference: 35006

Date Added: 31 May 2012
Closing Date: 14 June 2012

Job Title: Research Intern

Working For: John Leech MP & Manchester Withington Liberal Democats

Location: London

Salary: None - volunteer

Job Details

Based in Didsbury, South Manchester or Westminster.

The research intern role is to provide an opportunity for a candidate to develop their researching skills. This will be achieved by supporting the work of the Head of Research, local councillors, other volunteers and John Leech MP.

John Leech MP has a strong role to play in championing the constituents of South Manchester. He is also a member of the Transport Select Committee, as well as being active on a number of all party parliamentary groups (chairing two), and working hard to represent his constituents in Parliament.

This constituency and parliamentary work gives the successful candidate an opportunity to develop skills such as:

  • Parliamentary procedure
  • Researching issues
  • Speech writing
  • Legislation
  • Media & Press

Which are used to deliver positive outcomes for his constituents, to raise the profile of important issues and perform his role in influencing and scrutinising legislation and the executive. Therefore the successful candidate would be able to develop a broader range of skills from the internship if they choose to undertake it for a minimum of 3 months (F/T) up to 12 months.  This would be a full-time role, however we would welcome applications from those unable to work full-time.

Applicants will need to demonstrate team working, computer, and writing skills and an understanding of confidentiality. We expect an excellent standard of written and verbal communication along with an energetic can-do attitude. Excellent interpersonal skills and a sense of humour are also keenly desired.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 14 June 2012

Interview/Start Dates

In Westminster Wednesday 20th June 2012 and in Manchester Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June 2012. 

Starting date by arrangement and can be any time from interview date until 16th July.

Application Details

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, contact James Hennigan on 0161 434 3334.

Applications (a CV and covering letter) should be sent to
James Hennigan via email james.hennigan@parliament.uk
or by post 8 Gawsworth Avenue, East Didsbury, Manchester M20 5NF.

Website: http://www.johnleechmp.wordpress.com

Additional Notes