Emily Thornberry MP is looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic Researcher to join her Westminster office.

Contract: Permanent/Full-Time
Salary: £25,500

Job Details
Emily Thornberry MP is looking for a self-motivated and proactive researcher to work in her busy Westminster office. The ideal candidate will be well organised with strong policy research and communications skills, and will sympathise with the aims and values of the Labour Party.

This is an interesting and important job, scrutinising the Attorney General; gathering and analysing evidence; liaising with external stakeholders; preparing briefing notes; and drafting written material on policy issues for use in parliamentary debates and by Emily in her public statements and media interventions.

Experience of working in Parliament is advantageous but not essential. An interest in, and knowledge of, legal policy is strongly desirable.

Responsibilities will include:

  • undertaking research on relevant subjects as directed, including covering the MP’s role as Shadow Attorney General;
  • analysing, evaluating and interpreting data to ensure the MP is accurately informed on key local and national issues;
  • preparing and presenting results for the purposes of briefing notes for committees, parliamentary questions, articles and press releases;
  • horizon-scanning, anticipating what advice or action may be required; proactively identifying problems and resolving them;
  • maintaining and utilising knowledge of relevant legislation and services, including impact on the local constituency and the MP’s shadow cabinet portfolio;
  • liaising closely with internal and external stakeholders.

Skills required

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience of drafting policy proposals and media briefings;
  • ability to conduct research to identify issues for parliamentary questions, policy development or political communications;
  • able to work to tight deadlines and conduct high-quality research;
  • understanding of Parliamentary procedures.

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.

Please complete the job application linked below and email your completed form with the subject title “Researcher Application [Insert Name]” to rory.evans@parliament.uk by 11/09/22.

Due to the expected high level of applicants, it will not be possible to acknowledge all applications.

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