Parliamentary Assistant
Parliamentary Assistant

Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant

Working For: Luke Pollard MP (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)

Location: Westminster

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Job Details

Role Description
Luke was elected as the Labour and Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in 2017. Since his election he has launched campaigns for better transport for the far south west, to protect Plymouth’s defence jobs, to create the UK’s first National Marine Park in Plymouth Sound and campaigned on tower block safety and for better health and education funding for the far south west. Jeremy Corbyn appointed Luke as to the Shadow Defra team in 2017 and promoted him to Shadow Minister for Fisheries, Water and Coastal Communities in 2018. Luke spoke over 100 times in the Commons in the last year and as one of only two Labour MPs in the far South West is a vocal champion for the region and scrutineer of the Government in the Westcountry.

Luke’s Parliamentary Assistant is Luke’s key link in Westminster. Providing day to day leadership for the running of the Westminster office.

The successful candidate will work with Luke on Shadow Defra policy areas, provide policy briefing on developments in marine, fisheries and water and deliver Luke’s communications and parliamentary business linked to this role. They will also support Luke’s role responding to the Government’s Fisheries Bill and ongoing environmental Brexit legislation. Policy and communications experience would be helpful. It’s a big job that needs someone who is creative, highly organised, determined and passionate.

This role will also involve drafting briefings and speeches in support of Luke’s Plymouth campaign work in particular around defence, transport, maritime and environmental matters. Experience of these policy areas is desirable.

Social media and comms experience along with excellent written skills are a must.

You will be responsible for managing work placements and internships in the office and strong leadership skills are essential. Being able to cope with an energetic Member of Parliament who is keen to change the world in a million and one ways, sometimes all at the same time, while keeping on top of competing tasks is a requirement.

Responsibilities will include but are not exclusive to:

  • Policy research on complex issues.
  • Writing speeches and preparing speaking notes at short notice.
  • Communications – drafting and coming up with ideas for blogs, press releases, tweets, Facebook posts and op-ed articles.
  • Video editing and digital campaigning.
  • Organising events.
  • Admin tasks e.g. arranging meetings and diary management.
  • Talking calls from constituents and drafting letters to constituents.
  • Research on local, regional or national issues.
  • Liaising with other MP’s offices and Members themselves on campaigns and Defra issues
  • Media monitoring.

Understanding of Labour and Co-operative politics would be an advantage as would understanding of Plymouth and the far south west. Although the role is based in Westminster occasional travel to Plymouth is part of this job as is working with Luke’s team based in Plymouth.

Ideally, the successful applicant would have:

  • A good knowledge of Luke’s campaigns, Plymouth and the far South West.
  • Prior experience working in an office.
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
  • The ability to quickly pick up new skills, solve problems and work well under pressure.
  • Experience of using Microsoft office.
  • Social media and comms experience.
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work well as part of a wider team, demonstrating a positive and flexible attitude.
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise tasks.

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: 6 May

Interview/Start Dates   Interview w/c 20th May – Start date approx. w/c 1st July dependent on security clearance

Application Details

If you are interested in applying please submit a copy of your CV with a cover letter explaining why you have the skills to support Luke in his Parliamentary work.
CVs and cover letters should be emailed to
Subject Line: Parliamentary Assistant – [Your name]

We expect a large number of applicants and we will endeavour to get back to all applicants.

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