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Reference: 80100

Date Added: 3 September 2021
Closing Date: 24 September 2021

Job Title: Political Assistant to the Conservative Group

Working For: West Northamptonshire Council

Location: Northampton

Salary: £30,228 - £34,474

Length of Contract: until May 2024

Job Details

Political Assistant to the Conservative Group

Please note this is a fixed term contract until the Annual Meeting in May 2024

West Northamptonshire Council is one of two new unitary Councils created in the County of Northamptonshire, delivering the full range of Council Services to residents. We aim to make West Northants a great place to live, work, visit and thrive.

We need to recruit a highly motivated individual with exceptional communication skills, to work directly to the Conservative Group on the Council. In supporting the group as Members of the authority, and in particular the Leader of the Conservative Group, your role will include researching policy issues, preparing speeches and briefing notes, advising on political issues, attending meetings and conferences in West Northants and elsewhere as required.  You will also be dealing with Council officers and the media, as well as local MPs and external bodies.

You will need to be able to work in the strictest confidence, assimilate and analyse data quickly, establish positive working relationships with Members and officers, have excellent written and oral skills, good IT skills including management of website working knowledge of social media outlets and produce high quality content including video. Equally important is the need to be politically sympathetic to the aims of the Conservative party.

Hours of work will include evenings and will be agreed with the Group Leader. This post is subject to political restriction in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

In return we offer you:

Generous annual leave entitlement

Generous local government pension scheme package

Access to wider training and development qualifications

Flexible working scheme

Travel plan discounts

Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers

Our organisation:

West Northants is a unitary authority in the Midlands, made up of the towns of Northampton, Daventry, Towcester, Brackley and surrounding rural areas.

Situated in the heart of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to England’s major cities. West Northants is also host to major events like the Grand Prix at Silverstone which brings visitors from miles around and abroad.

Closing Date: 24 September 2021

Interview/Start Dates

Applications close at Midnight on 24 September 2021. Interviews will take place in early October.

Application Details

Applications for this position must be submitted via the Council's jobs portal:


For an informal discussion, please contact Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of the Conservative Group on 07947 019491 or email jonathan.nunn@westnorthants.gov.uk 

Website: https://www.westnorthants.gov.uk/

Additional Notes