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Reference: 73776

Date Added: 24 December 2019
Closing Date: 17 January 2020

Job Title: Various Roles

Working For: Owen Thompson MP (Midlothian)

Location: Midlothian

Salary: Various

Job Details

Senior Communications Officer

Outside London

£23,938 - £36,645

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the Member is accurately informed on key issues and is aware of trends
  • Develop knowledge in specialist areas
  • Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act
  • Establish a social media presence in the constituency and publicise surgeries etc.
  • Follow up on social media queries and comments
  • Manage projects
  • Manage the MP’s website contents
  • Monitor media coverage, liaise with media, prepare press releases as required
  • Prepare media briefings
  • Proactive and re-active communications
  • Provide briefings for the MP
  • Publicise the Member’s parliamentary duties on Social Media
  • Research local, regional or national issues to support MP’s work
  • Respond to routine correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups
  • Take initial action on queries from members of the public, including responding on behalf of the MP as appropriate


Outside London

£19,641 - £28,804

  • Analyse patterns of enquiries and produce reports
  • Attending surgeries and other meetings as appropriate
  • Dealing with standard queries from members of the public
  • Draft responses to constituents
  • Gathering relevant information to assist with resolving cases
  • Log all cases; monitor progress and ensure all identified actions are taken
  • Retain records and information confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act

Parliamentary Assistant

Outside London

£20,420 - £32,353

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure Member is accurately informed on key issues
  • Develop and maintain current knowledge of bills, Early Day Motions, legislation, hansard, debates etc
  • Diary management
  • Ensure the member is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the house
  • Give advice on policy issues
  • Prepare and present briefing notes for committees, press releases, parliamentary questions etc
  • Progress casework as required
  • Project management
  • Project work
  • Provide generalist admin support
  • Respond to correspondence and enquiries
  • Undertake research, usually from readily available sources, on straightforward subjects

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: 17 January 2020

Interview/Start Dates

It is expected interviews will take place on Friday 24th and Friday 31st January

Application Details

Applicants should respond to Owen with a CV, cover letter, and a one page outline of why they would be best placed to develop the advertised role, with a focus on their priorities and the priorities of the communities of Midlothian. Please specify which role you are applying for.

Applications should be emailed to owen.thompson.mp@parliament.uk

Website: http://www.owenthompson.scot

Additional Notes