Chi is recruiting a Parliamentary Assistant

Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant/Senior Parliamentary Assistant

Location: London

Salary: In line with IPSA payscales

 Job Details

Chi Onwurah MP is looking for a full-time Parliamentary Assistant. This is a demanding role in a busy parliamentary office.

Key responsibilities:

  • Research and briefing on a wide-range of policy issues
  • Drafting speeches and articles
  • Optimising media exposure and managing media communications
  • Leading on policy project work
  • Monitoring and advising Chi on policy and political developments in Newcastle and nationally
  • Drafting oral and written parliamentary questions and following up on the answers
  • Supporting Chi’s work on various APPGs
  • Managing the day to day work of a Parliamentary office, keeping the website up to date and other miscellaneous activities


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • considerable adaptability, initiative and creativity in dealing with the varied and ambiguous situations that Westminster throws up
  • a strong understanding of issues that affect Newcastle and the north east and Chi’s role in promoting the area in Parliament and more widely
  • excellent political judgement and the ability to think and plan strategically
  • self-motivation and a willingness and ability to get involved in a wide range of tasks
  • a strong understanding in Chi’s key policy interests
  • that they are comfortable doing a wide-range of different tasks and be comfortable prioritising a heavy workload
  • a keen eye for detail and excellent research, analysis and writing skills
  • sympathy to the aims and objectives of the Labour Party

Parliamentary experience is not essential but an understanding of the political environment is.

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: 21 November 2016

Interview/Start Dates

Deadline for applications is midday. The start date will be as soon as possible.

There will be a two-stage interview process. The first round will take place in the fortnight beginning 20 November in London or Newcastle.

Application Details

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter demonstrating how you fit the criteria listed above and a short, one page essay on ONE of the following topics to

  • How should Newcastle respond to Brexit?
  • What are the Government’s successes and failures in producing an industrial strategy, and what should Labour’s response be?


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