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Reference: 38941

Date Added: 18 February 2013
Closing Date: 5 March 2013

Job Title: Research Intern

Working For: John Leech MP & Manchester Withington Liberal Democats

Location: Based in Didsbury, Manchester

Salary: None - volunteer

Job Details

Based in Didsbury, south Manchester.

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. John is the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport. He is also a member of the Culture, Media and Sport 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 (full-time) up to 12 months (part-time). 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.

W4MP Note:
The role being advertised is a voluntary one. As such, there are no set hours and responsibilities and you should be free to come and go as you wish. If the post demands set hours and/or has a specific job description you may be deemed to be a ‘worker’ and be covered by National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage legislation. See http://www.w4mp.org/jobs-listings-events/jobs/
for more information about National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage.

Closing Date: 5 March 2013

Interview/Start Dates

Closing date 12 noon on 5th March 2013.

Interview dates 11th and 12th March in Manchester.

Training to take place week beginning 18th March.

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 via post to 8 Gawsworth Avenue, East Didsbury, Manchester M20 5NF.


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

Additional Notes