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Reference: 58918

Date Added: 6 January 2017
Closing Date: 13 January 2017

Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Jim Cunningham MP (Coventry South)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales

Job Details

Jim Cunningham MP, Member of Parliament for Coventry South, is looking for a Parliamentary Assistant to support his work in Parliament. The successful applicant must be able to work to tight deadlines and manage a challenging workload, both independently and working closely with the constituency office.

Job Description

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues;
  • Providing research briefings for Parliamentary debates and key policy issues Drafting Parliamentary questions and correspondence
  • Supporting Mr Cunningham in his Parliamentary duties, including with bills, Early Day Motions, and speeches
  • Provide generalist admin support
  • Managing and monitoring all communications to the Westminster Office
  • Maintaining a strong link between Westminster and the Constituency Office
  • Undertaking specific policy casework as appropriate

Person Specification

  • Disciplined self-starter with the ability to work unsupervised and to manage and prioritise a challenging workload
  • Awareness and understanding of current political issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Understands the role and needs of an MP’s office

Desirable but not essential

  • Previous experience of working in Parliament or a political environment

Please note that some flexibility is required in this role as hours and days worked may sometimes vary depending on Parliamentary business.

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: 13 January 2017

Interview/Start Dates

Closing at 12 noon. 
The closing date may be brought forward should a suitable applicant be found prior to 13th January.

Interviews will be arranged upon application and should take place within a week of applying. The successful candidate should be able to start in early February but this may be negotiable.

Application Details

Please send a CV and covering letter by email FAO Eleanor Connolly a jim.cunningham.mp@parliament.uk. In the subject line please include “Application: FIRST NAME, SECOND NAME”.

Candidates will be notified via email as to whether they have been shortlisted for interview or not. Due to the high volume of expected applications, we regret we shall only be able to provide feedback to those unsuccessful candidates who have been shortlisted.

Website: http://www.jimcunningham.org.uk

Additional Notes

12 January 2017: this ad has been removed before the closing date as enough applications have now been received.