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Reference: 71083

Date Added: 16 May 2019
Closing Date: 31 May 2019

Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Huw Merriman MP (Bexhill and Battle)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales

Job Details

Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle, is looking for a full-time Parliamentary Assistant,  responsible for the effective administration, communication and functioning of his Westminster office.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading on Huw’s work as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Lead parliamentary contact for Huw’s role as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for the BBC and Bees
  • Supporting the MP in his role as a Member of the Transport Select Committee, providing detailed briefings where required, organizing visits in relation to inquiries
  • Developing campaigns, specifically focusing on Transport
  • Monitoring Parliamentary business using in-house resources and providing daily briefings for the Member and circulating a weekly Westminster diary to the constituency
  • Assisting with communications, including press releases, website, social media, mass mailings and bulletins
  • Organising constituents' visits and tours
  • Responding to routine correspondence and enquiries
  • General administrative tasks
  • Line management of interns and work experience students

The successful candidate must have:

  • Experience of working in Parliament and a understanding of the role of a PPS
  • Significant experience of secretarial and administrative responsibilities or be educated to degree level with minimum 2:1 degree and be able to demonstrate, from prior unrelated experience, an ability to learn quickly
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage a heavy workload whilst working calmly under pressure
  • Have excellent standards of written English and good oral communication skills
  • The ability to work well with constituency and Westminster staff, understanding the need to keep all colleagues updated across a variety of subjects
  • Demonstrate a real interest in politics and be sympathetic to the aims and values of the Conservative Party

Desirable experience/skills:

  • Have experience of handling confidential information with tact and sensitivity
  • Ability to use social media and other online platforms

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: 31 May 2019

Interview/Start Dates

It is hoped to hold interviews early June with a view to the successful candidate starting in early July.

Application Details

To apply for this role please email your CV (no longer than 2 pages) and a one-page covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for this role and the skills and attributes you would bring to it to Frances McKenna, Parliamentary and Constituency Manager, at francesl.mckenna@parliament.uk

For more information or an informal discussion about this role, please telephone Frances McKenna, on 01424 734910

Website: http://huw.merriman.org.uk

Additional Notes