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Reference: 88131

Date Added: 16 March 2023
Closing Date: 30 March 2023

Job Title: Senior Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Kate Hollern MP (Blackburn)

Location: London

Salary: £36,500

Length of Contract: Permanent following a probationary period

Job Details

Key responsibilities

  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure Member is accurately informed on key issues
  • Assist in writing external communications including speeches for the MP
  • Attend and participate in meetings as appropriate
  • Compilation of briefing packs for MPs, take notes of meetings and draft appropriate submissions
  • Develop and maintain current knowledge on relevant areas of parliamentary business including
  • Motions, legislation, Hansard, debates etc. To include Brexit and local planning outcomes
  • Diary Management
  • Exposure and management of complex cases
  • Give advice on policy issues
  • Have working knowledge of relevant legislation and upcoming business including how they impact on the constituency
  • Help draft amendments for reports and prepare briefing material
  • Maintain positive on-going relationships with all parties including members of the public, groups, suppliers and Westminster where required
  • Monitor local, regional and national media coverage and brief the MP on relevant issues
  • Monitor social media activity and report any relevant trends to the Office Manager/MP
  • Prepare and present briefing notes for committees, press releases, parliamentary questions etc.
  • There may be a requirement for the role holder to work outside of normal working hours and travel for work occasionally
  • To advise and ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the House
  • Undertake research on relevant subjects as directed
  • Work with colleagues in communications/casework to identify potential impacts from the research work and disseminate them effectively
  • Accompany the Member at meetings and Parliamentary engagements.
  • The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate experience of working in Parliament in a similar role.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills with good digital skills. Sound research and analytical skills with keen attention to detail. The ability to prioritise a demanding workload, meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Sympathetic to the values and aims of the Labour 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: 30 March 2023

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will take place during the week commencing the 17th April.  Start date 1st May.

Application Details

Please email your CV and one page covering letter setting out why you want to do this job and how your skills and experience are relevant to kate.hollern.mp@parliament.uk with the subject heading 'Parliamentary Assistant'

Website: https://www.blackburnlabour.org/katehollern/

Additional Notes