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Reference: 73968

Date Added: 6 January 2020
Closing Date: 19 January 2020

Job Title: Senior Parliamentary Researcher

Working For: Sarah Atherton MP (Wrexham)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA guidlines

Job Details

Sarah Atherton MP is looking for a full-time Senior Parliamentary Assistant to work in her Westminster office, on a 6-month contract, with possible extension depending on performance. This is a key role, the applicant should be highly organised, a strong communicator and someone who is able to work accurately to deadlines in a fast-paced Parliamentary office. Previous experience as a Parliamentary researcher is essential!

Role to include, but not limited to:

  • Undertake research and analyse data to ensure the member is accurately informed on key issues.
  • Develop and maintain a strong working knowledge of Parliamentary business including bills, legislation and debates.
  • Ensure the Member is fully briefed on debates, potential questions and motions to be put to the House
  • Provide briefings, draft questions and speeches.
  • Give advice on policy issues.
  • Formulate and submit written parliamentary questions
  • Undertake research and prepare briefings for committees.
  • Progress casework as required.
  • Respond to correspondence and enquiries from constituents, the media, lobbyists and pressure groups.
  • Assisting with various administrative tasks

Key Qualities

  • Previous experience as a parliamentary researcher is essential!
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise workload, delegate tasks and work to tight deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Strong analytical skills, excellent attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Understanding of Parliamentary protocol including the ability to table questions and apply for debates.
  • Knowledge of the constituency and the ability to speak Welsh is desirable
  • Candidates should be sympathetic to the aims and values of the Conservative Party

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: 19 January 2020

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be conducted on a roling basis. 

We may appoint before the closing date if a suitable candidate is found. 

Application Details

Please send a CV and cover letter to 'office@sarahatherton.org.uk' with 'Parliamentary Researcher' in the subject line outlining your suitability for this positon. 

Website: https://www.sarahatherton.org.uk

Additional Notes