Liberal Democrat Job Watch – 24 July 2013

Fancy working for the Liberal Democrats? There are a fair few jobs to choose from over on Work for an MP website which includes both party jobs and jobs with parliamentarians.  There are opportunities in the north, south and east of mainland UK.


There are two jobs in Scotland. Jo Swinson is looking for a caseworker in her East Dunbartonshire office:

An empathetic, organised, highly efficient individual is sought for the role of Caseworker to Jo Swinson MP. The role is permanent, based on a working week of 37.5 hours. The position is based within a lively and dynamic team in Jo’s constituency office.

And she will consider flexible working options:

We welcome applications from a diversity of backgrounds, and to prevent discrimination your name and school will be blanked out before short listing. We are also happy to discuss flexible working.

The closing date is 5 August

Willie Rennie has an interesting job, for 3 days a week, made possible by external funding. If you are a tax policy wonk, this is the job for you. Running up hills with a sack of coal on your back, as Willie likes to do in his spare time, is purely optional.

You will work with Willie Rennie and other elected politicians, the policy committee, party staff and external organisations to oversee the production of consultation papers and policy papers to develop new policy proposals for a stronger economy and a fairer society in Scotland within the United Kingdom using the tax levers proposed by the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ Home Rule and Community Rule Commission in their report Federalism: the best future for Scotland.

For this one, I’d recommend reading the full details on the Scottish Liberal Democrats website here. There is a possibility of this being made into a full time job with top-up funding.

The closing date is 3rd August. Why the closing date for any job should be a Saturday is beyond me, but that’s when it is so if you are interested, you need to get your skates on.

Moving further south now, Ian Swales needs a caseworker in his Redcar office.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• An ability to work independently and with initiative
• A willingness to learn
• Attention to detail
• Good IT skills

This closes on 6 August


Simon Wright wants a parliamentary assistant based in London.

Person Specification:

• Ability to grasp new issues quickly and explain them clearly
• Ability to work independently using own initiative
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work calmly under pressure and manage competing priorities
• An understanding of the British political system
• Good IT skills
• An interest in environmental and/or education issues is desirable

This closes on 13 August.

You’ll have to hurry for this one because it closes next Monday. Martin Horwood wants a parliamentary researcher who is:

 bright, organised and tolerant to run his office in Westminster and help him in his work there. This includes:

• Organising Martin’s London diary, staying on top of parliamentary business and managing his contact with ministers, policy working groups, NGOs and other MPs
• Policy and research work in support of his role as MP for Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, the beautiful home of world famous literature, science and music festivals, the Cheltenham Gold Cup and of course GCHQ .
• Supporting his role as co-chair of the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party committee on international affairs which covers foreign policy, Europe, defence and international development.
• Managing the work of interns and volunteers in Martin’s Westminster office.
• Welcoming Cheltenham visitors to Parliament.
• Assisting with Martin’s other areas of interest including environmental issues, animal welfare, corporate responsibility and tribal peoples.


Simon Wright (again) is seeking a Junior Secretary for his constituency office in Norwich.

The successful applicant will have strong communication, IT and organisational skills, enjoy working in a busy office environment, have a good sense of humour, be a team player and possess enthusiasm for the job in hand.

The closing date is, oddly, a Sunday, 4 August.

That’s all for the moment. Happy applying. I’ve actually had messages from people saying that these Job Watch features have alerted them to an interesting job which they’ve subsequently applied for. Never let it be said that Liberal Democrat Voice doesn’t have the capacity to change your life.


* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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