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Reference: 85874

Date Added: 9 September 2022
Closing Date: 3 October 2022

Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Claudia Webbe MP (Leicester East)

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

Claudia Webbe MP is looking for a highly motivated Parliamentary Assistant to work full- time supporting her work in Parliament. Claudia is looking for someone who is passionate about the difference MPs can make to the lives of their constituents. The successful candidate will operate in a demanding political environment and should ideally be driven and possess the ability, awareness and motivation to respond to the challenges and to work well under pressure
 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Providing research, advise, briefings and speeches on specific or complex subjects relevant to Claudia’s constituency and policy interests
  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure Claudia is accurately informed on key issues
  • Prepare briefings and speeches for a range of parliamentary and public speaking commitments
  • Produce regular press releases and written articles in alignment with Claudia Webbe MP’s aims and values.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with key stakeholders, including journalists and trade union officials.
  • Ensure issues of equalities, social justice and diversity are addressed throughout
  • Organising parliamentary questions and ensuring constituents and organisations receive timely replies
  • Monitoring legislation, Early Day Motions, Hansard, debates and other relevant parliamentary business and maintaining an up to date knowledge of the legislative process and giving advice on policy
  • Support diary management for a very busy schedule in parliament and Leicester East
  • Manage requests for tours and PMQs tickets from constituents
  • Occassionally, accompanying Claudia to relevant meetings and following up on agreed actions
  • Ensuring professional records are kept, adhering to GDPR requirements and respecting confidentiality

Essential:

  • A keen and demonstrable interest in politics, current affairs and issues affecting Leicester and Leicester East
  • Ability to work proactively and independently, as well as part of a small team
  • Excellent research, analytical, written and verbal communication skills, with a keen attention to detail
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Competency around understanding the business of parliament
  • Ability to understand and respond to media requests

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of and ability to use parliamentary procedures
  • Experience of researching political briefings
  • Commitment to Socialist values

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: 3 October 2022

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place as soon as practicable, which may be before the closing date, with a view to the successful candidate starting immediately.

It is possible an appointment may take place before the closing date, at which point this advert will be removed.

Start date: As soon as possible

Application Details

To apply, please write a covering letter outlining how you meet the person specification and the reasons why you believe you are suitable for the position (of no more than 2 sides of A4), together with a CV.

Please also enclose the contact details of two people (including your current or most recent employer) who can provide a reference. References will not be taken up until after the interview date.

Applications should be sent to claudia.webbe.mp@parliament.uk stating the job title in the subject line.

Website: http://claudiawebbe.org

Additional Notes