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Reference: 92061

Date Added: 19 March 2024
Closing Date: 5 April 2024

Job Title: Senior Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Chris Loder MP (West Dorset)

Location: London

Salary: IPSA Band 3

Length of Contract: Permanent

Job Details

The MP for West Dorset is looking for a talented and capable leader of people and process to support him running his office; to ensure readiness for parliamentary business; a positive impact is made for the benefit of constituency and nation; and the effective and efficient administration of his busy office, working with the team who are mainly based in Dorset.

This role would suit someone who is well experienced and has a strong track record with outcome and people delivery, but Chris is pleased to hear from exceptional people whatever your background or education.

Key responsibilities:

  • Prioritise the office to ensure the MP is prepared for all business and engagements;
  • Act on behalf of the MP with his delegated authority, engaging confidentially, professionally, with care and integrity on behalf of the MP with key stakeholders and members of the public;
  • Lead, coordinate and line-manage the team to achieve team deliverables and to achieve the team objectives across the office;
  • Accountable for IPSA processing and commissioner compliance, including MP’s expenses and HR matters;
  • Oversee and manage internal office processes including data and information; management, IT systems for effective delivery;
  • Ensure the MP’s profile is maximised constituency and where appropriate, further afield by coordinating delivery of campaigns, including press releases, social media and website;
  • Manage equipment inventory and ordering and associated budget;
  • There will be a need for the role holder to work outside of normal working hours and travel for work.
  • Support the MP, undertaking and completing delegated tasks/workstreams as needed.


  • Integrity, Trust and Public service
  • Ability to maintain complete discretion and confidentiality
  • Values sympathetic to the Conservative Party

Essential skills:

  • Ability to lead and motivate others
  • Highly organised and ability to prioritise
  • Personal initiative and proactive work ethic
  • Excellent communicative skills, both written and verbal.
  • Personable and able to work with others
  • Advanced IT skills, with experience using MS Outlook, OneNote, SharePoint, Caseworker

Preferred skills:

  • Knowledge of the West Dorset, its key issues and the MP’s priorities
  • Campaigning experience
  • Web and social media management

Upon appointment you will be required to apply for security clearance, undertaken by the Security Vetting and Pass Office. See Members’ Staff Security Clearance page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 5 April 2024

Interview/Start Dates

Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and an appointment may be made before the closing date. Interviews will therefore take place ASAP with a start date negotiable but ASAP too.

Application Details

When you apply, please submit your CV and covering letter.

Your covering letter should include:

  1. Why you would like to work in Chris Loder’s office.
  2. Particular strengths and experiences that put you in a strong position for this role
  3. Your notice period and a preferred start date

Please send these two documents as attachments by email to jobs@chrisloder.co.uk with “Job Application: [your name]” as the email subject line.

Website: http://www.chrisloder.co.uk/

Additional Notes