Plymouth gets a poor deal from Government and Luke’s job as Plymouth Sutton and Devonport’s MP is to stand up for our city and region to get a fairer share. To do that he has to rely on his superb team for support.
Unlike some other MPs, Luke believes that MPs should recruit their staff openly and not employ family members. If you’d like to apply please send in your CV with a covering letter explaining why you think you’d be a great addition to his team.
Full time Constituency Caseworker
Date Added: 19th January 2021
Closing Date: 10am Friday 5th February
Location: Plymouth – combination of office based and remote working
Salary: £21 529 pa (pro rata for fixed term)
Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, is looking for an enthusiastic and organised individual to join his busy Plymouth office on a fixed term contract from March to December 2021.
The pandemic has tripled the number of requests for help that Luke is receiving, and MPs are able to hire additional fixed term staff to help with this workload. This is an opportunity to be part of a busy team dealing with the increased and ongoing demand for an MP’s support arising from the COVID-19 crisis.
Luke was elected as the Labour and Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in June 2017 and re-elected in December 2019. Since being elected he has spoken about Plymouth over 200 times in Parliament and launched multiple campaigns around issues that affect people in Plymouth from transport to education, tower block cladding to the environment. As well as being an active local MP, Luke is the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
This role will be based in Luke’s city centre office in Plymouth. Due to the coronavirus the team are currently working remotely and so the successful candidate will also need to be able to adapt to this, with appropriate support and resources provided. The role will cover assisting Luke with casework and dealing with enquiries from members of the public.
Flexibility to work on the occasional evening and weekend will be required, which will be compensated with time off in lieu.
Responsibilities will include:
- Managing and progressing a varied portfolio of casework, including logging cases, taking appropriate actions promptly, monitoring progress.
- Drafting enquiries to government agencies on behalf of constituents.
- Policy research on complex issues.
- Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of relevant guidelines/legislation as appropriate in dealing with casework
- Competent use of IT including casework management systems, Microsoft Office package, email, internet.
- Accompanying the MP to advice surgeries, currently running remotely, and visits in Plymouth when virus restrictions allow.
The successful applicant would have:
- Strong written, communication and analytical skills with a good telephone manner and attention to detail. Excellent command of written English is required to produce high quality correspondence, representing the MP in letters and emails.
- Experience of keeping professional notes and accurate records.
- Ability to carry out tasks quickly and to a high standard.
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
- A good knowledge of Luke’s campaigns, Plymouth and the far South West
- Ability to work independently, show initiative and work well as part of a wider team, demonstrating a positive and flexible attitude.
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.
Start date will be: 15th March 2021, contract until December 17th 2021
Candidates will need to be available for the first round of interviews on 15th February 2021 and the second round on 18th February (tbc)
Accepted applications should include:
- Covering letter (max 1 side of A4, normal margins) explaining how you could fulfil this role and why you would like to work for Luke Pollard MP with brief details of your most recent experience.
- An up to date CV (max 2 sides of A4, normal margins).
- Contact details of two referees and confirmation of any notice period you would need to give if in current employment.
Please apply by email with the subject line “Caseworker Application – YOUR NAME” to email@example.com
"I am looking for exceptional people who are keen to learn more about politics and how Plymouth can get a fairer deal. That could be you!" Luke Pollard MP
Testimonies for #TeamLuke Alumni
Matthew Smith interned in Luke’s office in February- April 2018. He said:
“I’m from Plymouth, I went to Devonport High School for Boys and I worked in Luke’s Westminster office in February and March 2018. My time in Westminster was absolutely invaluable to me and gave a great insight into a weird and wonderful world that can often feel distant from ‘normal’ people’s everyday lives. The team are fantastic, both in Westminster and Plymouth, and I was made to feel like an important member of the team – not just an intern – right from the start.
No two days are the same, and you can go from drafting letters, to running through Parliament to get to the BBC for an interview in a matter of moments! My time with Luke and his team has set me up perfectly to start my politics degree later this year, but most importantly it was great fun, and an experience that I will never forget.”
Freddie Cook interned for Luke in May 2018. She said:
“I applied to work in Luke’s office as I wanted my first experience in Parliament to be with an MP who was bringing something new to the table, and I wasn’t disappointed!
I applied for the job through w4mp and spent 8 amazing weeks learning and was constantly challenged. Particular highlights include working on research for the Shadow DEFRA team and working on Luke’s many local campaigns in Plymouth. I absolutely loved the amount of responsibility I had and saw my confidence grow from day one. There was always so much going on that I could involved with, whether it be attending events with Luke or drafting his monthly newsletter, and I really enjoyed the broad scope of the role.
My time in Luke’s office was invaluable and has helped me to stay in Parliament – straight after the internship I started working for another MP as a Parliamentary Researcher and I really do have my time in Luke’s office to thank for that.”