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Reference: 72946

Date Added: 2 October 2019
Closing Date: 16 October 2019

Job Title: Locum MP (Maternity Cover)

Working For: Stella Creasy MP (Walthamstow)

Location: London

Salary: £50,000 pro rata

Job Details

A unique opportunity has arisen to be appointed the first ever locum MP to cover the maternity leave of Stella Creasy MP.

This role which is full time for seven months, is rooted in Walthamstow not Westminster; locum cover is about ensuring the casework, campaigns and community concerns of the residents of this special area are not neglected for six months. In the last few years alone Stella, in addition to her staff, has answered over 133,000 queries as well as organised countless community events, meetings with ministers and worked with many different campaign organisations and stakeholders.

This role would suit anyone wishing to develop their understanding of the work MPs do outside the parliamentary chamber and the connection between campaigning for change and serving a community. It is a chance to work with Stella as well as in partnership with the best team of staff an MP could have. As well as representing Stella in constituency surgeries, and at events and visits, this person will also play a key role in ensuring the campaigns and causes Stella works on progress- from abortion rights, to tackling the debt PFI causes for public services and supporting widowed parents, to keeping residents updated on Brexit and fighting for better maternity and paternity leave policies for all.

This role would suit someone with previous experience of advocacy, as well as managing a small and committed team of people. Understanding of Walthamstow as a locality would be beneficial but not essential; so too is an awareness of parliamentary processes and previous campaigns experience. Above all, this role requires passion and a commitment to social justice and to supporting Stella as she takes maternity leave.

The following skills would be required:

  • Manage the effective running of the MPs office including oversight of all staff,
  • Expenses and allocation of workload following the direction of the MP.
  • Answering queries on behalf of the MP as required
  • Attend and organise community events and meetings
  • Represent the MP in meetings and discussions with key stakeholders as part of supporting the campaigning
  • Research local or national issues to support the MPs work
  • Deal with complex queries and complaints on behalf of the MP including drafting and signing off on correspondence
  • Ensure office is fully equipped
  • Lead on projects as required

Closing Date: 16 October 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Candidates must be available to interview on Friday 18th October in Walthamstow with a view to starting with a handover period in mid to late November and a handing back period in May 2020. 

Application Details

Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter of no more than 700 words on why you would be the best person for this job to jobs@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk. Please note that sadly due to resource constraints only shortlisted applicants will be contacted, so if you do not hear from Stella’s office by the interview date please assume your application has not been taken forward. Please also note the MP will not be involved in shortlisting, and any attempts to contact her directly about this role will result in automatic disqualification from consideration.

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

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